Does anything say summertime quite like a couple cold creamy scoops of ice cream and a stack of absorbing beach reads? I didn't think so, either, which is why I've rounded up some of the most delicious nonfiction
books about ice cream. Fun and fascinating, they're perfect for pairing with a waffle cone of your favorite flavor.
It's no secret that Americans love their fair share of frozen desserts. In fact, the
average American consumes 23 pounds of ice cream in any given year. Most of those sweet, delicious scoop up during the summer months, ice cream's undisputed season of enjoyment. After a long, hot day on the beach, by the pool, at the park, or, more likely, at work, who doesn't enjoy a double dish of cookie dough ice cream? America's favorite dessert, ice cream has a long and interesting history in the United States, and around the world. With origins reaching as far back as the second B.C., ice cream has been delighting eaters for two thousand years, and in that time, it has changed and evolved alongside culture, science, and technology. In fact, the only thing sweeter than eating ice cream is learning how it came to be.
Ready to satisfy your cravings? Then here are nine books about ice cream that will hit the spot this summer.
'Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America' by Amy Ettinger
Travel across America sampling the country's finest scoops with journalist Amy Ettinger in her food memoir about the nation's sweetest treat: ice cream. In
Sweet Spot, Ettinger takes her ice cream obsession on the road to explore the history of frozen desserts in the U.S. From the smallest independent stores to the largest plants, there is no where in the ice cream world this book doesn't go. Click here to buy.
'Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop' by Dana Cree
'We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford's Ice Cream Empire' by Andrew Gifford
Go behind the scenes, and behind the family, of one Washington's most famous ice cream businesses: Gifford's Ice Cream and Candy Company. Told by the last Gifford heir,
We All Scream is an intimate portrait of the company and the family, including the shady business dealings, scandalous finances, tragic suicide, and more. Unflinching and honest, this is an ice cream book that's anything but sweet. Click here to buy.
'Ben & Jerry's: The Inside Scoop' by Fred Lager
Get to know the men, and the politics, behind the brand name of one of the country's most famous ice cream companies: Ben & Jerry. An inside look into the lives of the founders, the origin of the business, and the unstoppable rise of the company from a small ice cream store to a nationwide brand,
Ben & Jerry's is a fun read for fans of every flavor. Click here to buy.
'Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid' by Tim Ecott
A food book about more than just ice cream,
Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid explores the global history of everyone's favorite flavor: vanilla. Starting in Papantla, Mexico and spreading across the planet, this book takes a deep dive into the story of the priceless plant, including its flavor profiles, most beloved products, and important uses. Interesting and informative, there's nothing plain about Vanilla. Click here to buy.
'Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats' by Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint
Journey through a yearbook of your favorite dessert with the masterminds behind Big Gay Ice Cream, Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint. Filled with fun recipes, mouthwatering toppings, ice cream-inspired desserts, and plenty of delicious stories and biting humor,
Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats is more than a cookbook. It's a hilarious romp in the wonderful world of ice cream. Click here to buy.
'Ice Cream: A Global History' by Laura B. Weiss
'Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop' by Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna
'Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making' by Jeri Quinzio
In this fascinating story of ice cream making, author Jeri Quinzio debunks many of the biggest myths in the dessert's history.
Of Sugar and Snow follows ice cream back to 16th century Europe to the small towns of America and beyond, revealing the cultural, historical, and social significance of the dessert. Masterfully researched and deliciously accessible, this book will leave you craving more. Click here to buy.