David Lebovitz – The Perfect Scoop

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Review of David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop, book about ice cream.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The ultimate ice cream book is here! And just in time for summer and the onset of the ice cream season (is there ever not a season for ice cream?)

David Lebovitz, former pastry chef at Chez Panisse, delightful blogger at davidlebovitz.com, cookbook author of several highly acclaimed books on desserts, and frequent commenter on Simply Recipes, has written a gorgeous, informative, delicious book about ice cream, sorbets and granitas (now updated with a new edition).

The Perfect Scoop has over 150 recipes and over 50 stunning photographs. Ice cream recipes include the basics such as chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch pecan, and branch out to aztec “hot” chocolate, apricot-pistachio, and lavender-honey. Papaya-lime sorbet and mojito granitas make appearances as well.

One of the things I love about David’s work is that he takes the time to instruct us on the basics of whatever it is he is cooking.

His Room for Dessert book has saved me over and over again with his explanations of the “whys” as well as the “hows” of doing a recipe.

In The Perfect Scoop David describes right up front the methods you’ll need to employ to make creamy, perfect ice cream. Using a custard base is what is usually called for, but can be a bit tricky for first timers. David’s explanation makes it easy.

David includes a section on the equipment needed, describing the pros and cons of the different kinds of ice cream makers that you can use.

I’ve been reading David’s blog at davidlebovitz.com for years. It’s better than Comedy Central as David takes his readers on a never-ending tour of what’s it’s really like to live in Paris. You can also follow David’s adventures on Instagram, where he puts on cooking and cocktail demonstrations, and shows us daily life in Paree.

Somehow, through all his blog writing and chocolate tours, David managed to write this book, which included developing and testing all of these recipes. Yikes!

He must have eaten nothing but ice cream and sorbet for a year, and had to walk 10 miles a day just to work off the calories. But he did it for us, so that we might make the best of our frozen creations.

So if you love ice cream and want to try your hand at making your own, get yourself an ice cream maker and a copy of The Perfect Scoop.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Amie

    Hi Elise, Do you know why the mango sorbet recipe calls for sugar and water instead of sugar syrup? I assume it’s because it’s one less step since you throw everything in the blender, but how do the sugar granules melt that way? Wouldn’t that make for grainy sorbet?

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  2. Gourmet Peasant

    I got my ice cream maker a month and a half ago and have been churning away ever since. The recipes in this book are superior to any others I have tried – and in this short amount of time I have tried a lot of recipes. The vanilla is perfect, the coffee…OMG, and the Lemon Speculoos is entirely too dangerous to keep in the house. Lets just say I am going to have to greatly increase my exercise in order to get through all these recipes :)

  3. Claire

    I love ice cream, I love David Lebovitz and I love Paris. A new ice cream maker and this book are on my must buy list. The last, alas, will have to wait, so thank you for including the cute video! I hope he’s included a recipe for mango ice cream as literally hundreds are about to start falling off my tree.

  4. Judy

    I am sitting here waiting not so patiently for the UPS guy to deliver Davids book. Now after reading your post, I am not so patiently is changing to chopping at the bit waiting for the UPS guy which is usually here by 10:00 and I have 3 minutes to go….I’m definitely trying a recipe this weekend for Easter dessert.

  5. bean

    I got my copy yesterday. His recipes always turn out wonderfully. I got an ice cream maker last year and had a really hard time finding good recipes for ice cream. Looking forward to working my way through this book. The Passionfruit ice cream is first on my list!!

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