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By Christina B.

2020 has been far from normal. Many people feel like their lives have been turned upside down, especially as some of the things we look forward to every summer have been canceled. But there’s at least one summertime staple that is still available to help everyone beat the heat: ice cream! Here are a few books to inspire you to create your own sweet treats, plus some books to enjoy while you indulge.  

Cook Books

The Perfect Scoop: 200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz

“With an emphasis on sophisticated flavors and a bountiful helping of the author’s expert techniques, this collection ranges from classic to comforting, contemporary to cutting edge, and features an arsenal of sauces and other additions which turn ice cream into pure delight.”  

The Ice Creamery Cookbook: Recipes for Frozen Treats, Toppings, Mix-ins & More by Shelly Kaldunski 

“Features more than 40 tempting recipes for a wide range of frozen desserts from the traditional to the unexpected. With tips for using either homemade or store-bought ingredients to personalize your desserts; delicious sauces, cones, and toppings; creative serving options; and inspired mix-and-match suggestions; the possibilities are endless!” 

Vegan Ice Cream: Over 90 Sinfully Delicious Dairy-Free Delights by Jeff Rogers 

“Delicious ice cream recipes using all-vegan ingredients like nuts, dates, coconut milk, maple syrup, and fruit, plus recipes for raw vegan ice creams and sauces!” 

Read While Eating

The Scoop on Ice Cream by Bonnie Williams 

“Did you know that immigrants to Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of their first meal in America? Or that George Washington spent more than $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790? Chill out with the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite frozen treat fact-filled Level 3 reader!” 

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems 

“Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream…before it’s too late.” Also available in Spanish

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

 “A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer–but all his activities revolve around ice cream!” 

Francesco Tirelli’s Ice Cream Shop by Tamar Meir 

“One winter in Budapest during WWII, an Italian closes his ice cream shop for the season, using the storefront to hide his Jewish friends and neighbors, including a boy named Peter. Based on a true story.” 

Murder with a Cherry on Top by Cynthia Baxter 

“Kate should be thrilled about opening Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, but her spirits melt like soft-serve when she learns that her childhood frenemy, Ashley, has started selling frozen treats in the bakery across the street. But before Ashley can kill Kate’s new business, someone kills Ashley, right after the two have a public argument, leaving off the town speculating that Kate was finally pushed over the edge. With rumors swirling, she determines to get the real scoop on the crime!” 

The Ice Cream Makers by Ernest van der Kwast 

“As the heir to a proud Northern Italian ice-cream dynasty, Giovanni Calamine’s family is none too happy when he decides to break with tradition and travel the world as a notable poet. So when Giovanni receives an unexpected call from his brother, he is faced with a difficult decision: return home to serve in his family’s interests or continue on his own path in life once and for all?” 

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Christina B.

Christina B.


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