I first got excited about making ice cream this summer when I made the No-churn Sweet Corn Ice Cream that I shared with you about a month ago.  My enthusiasm continued when I shared Easy Watermelon Granita last week.  Much of my enthusiasm for making ice cream this summer and my inspiration for that granita came from Ruby Violet’s Ice Cream Dreams.  I was sent this book to review and I loved the story behind the author and the recipes that she offered.

Julie Fisher’s inspiration for this ice cream book came from her grandmother who enjoyed ice cream and shared her favorite treats with Julie and her sister.  Any recipe inspiration that is rooted in nostalgic memories of family traditions is very familiar to me as that is where I find much of my inspiration for new recipes.

Julie began making ice cream at her home and eventually, after testing recipes on her willing neighbors, she opened a stall at a local market.  She sold tubs of ice cream that featured currently fresh ingredients to market-goers.

Julie later moved her business to a permanent location where she still makes small batch ice cream that features the freshest seasonal ingredients and no artificial flavorings.  The book starts out with the “basics” which are base recipes for different types of ice creams and sorbets.  Julie then goes on to offer many different flavors of ice cream as well as recipes for desserts to feature your homemade recipes in, like an affogato which is simply a fresh shot of espresso poured over your choice of ice cream.  The book is beautiful and offers almost a photo per recipe.  Most of the recipe ingredients are listed in volumetric measurements, so you’ll want to have a scale on hand for accuracy.  I was instantly drawn to this book because of the story behind the author, but the quality of recipes and gorgeous photography will make it one of my go-to references when it comes to ice cream.

Hardie Grant Publishing provided me with a copy of this book for review, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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