Saturday, 12 October 2013
Stalking the catalogue: 500 ice creams
- Ani DiFranco in the song 32 Flavors
When Ani DiFranco sang the lyric "I am thirty-two flavors and then some..." she was, I think, talking about beauty - how we ourselves define it, and how society defines it (not always in a way that's best or healthy or meaningful). It's my favourite DiFranco song AND YET I forever associate it with ice cream. Whenever I see ice cream, think about it, or hear people talking about it (which is often because those are the kinds of people I hang with), I immediately hear DiFranco in my head. (I've just realised I've spent forever and a day talking about DiFranco, and have yet to get to the point of this post: a book about ice cream).
Barker's book is about ice cream. Well, ice cream and ices, to be technical. So. Many. Flavours. New York cheesecake ice cream. Fudge brownie ice cream. Crunchy peanut butter ice cream. Blueberry muffin ice cream. Bitter chocolate gelato. Jasmine tea sorbet. Champagne cocktail sorbet. Lavender granita. Baked apple water ice. Banana custard ice cream. And I am going to TRY ALL OF THE THINGS. (Maybe not all, chocolate-dipped gelato pops look like hard work, and ricotta ice with roasted figs makes me want to throw up a little in my mouth).
I could go on. I won't. Barker's book doesn't give you one good reason to read it. It gives you 500 - and all of them as mouth-wateringly delicious as you'd expect them to be.
Be right back. Off to buy an ice cream maker.
Guess what we're doing this weekend?
Title: 500 ice creams: The only ice cream compendium you'll ever need
Author: Alex Barker
Published: New Holland, 2009