Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review - Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States

Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States
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About the Book
As the weather warms up nothing says spring like a scoop of fresh ice cream. Some of the best can be found in ice cream parlors in cities and towns across the country, often using fresh local flavors and seasonal ingredients. This spring a new cookbook brings some of the best recipes from these establishments to home kitchens everywhere.

In her new book, SCOOP ADVENTURES: THE BEST ICE CREAM OF THE 50 STATES [Page Street Publishing, March 2014, $19.99], ice cream maker and blogger, Lindsay Clendaniel, shares the amazing recipes she picked during her travels across the country sampling ice cream from specialty shops and restaurants for her blog, Scoop Adventures.

“In 2009, when I started writing my blog I was enjoying the discovery of the creation of ice cream so much that I wanted to share my recipes with the world,” Lindsay says. “I wanted to find other people with a passion for ice cream as strong, and perhaps as crazy, as mine. Scoop Adventures became a place for me to catalog recipes while sharing my love for food and flavor. Eventually, the ice cream lovers out there found me.”

The 80 deliciously adapted recipes Lindsay discovered were home-tested and designed to be easily made with a home ice cream maker. Some of those recipes include:

  • Lemon Ricotta Cardamom Gelato adapted from a recipe by Dolcezza, Washington, DC
  • Steen's Molasses Oatmeal Cookie from Creole Creamery, New Orleans, LA
  • Seaport Salty Swirl Ice Cream from Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream, Mystic, CT
  • Blueberry Kale Ice Cream from The Hop Ice Cream CafĂ©, Ashville, NC
  • Abuela Maria Ice Cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company, Miami, FL
  • Lavender Caramel Swirl Ice Cream from Loblolly Creamery, Little Rock, AR
  • Banana Pudding Ice Cream inspired by Sam & Greg’s, Huntsville, AL
  • Sweet Basil Ice Cream from The Bent Spoon, Princeton, NJ
  • Plum Lemon Verbena Ice Cream from Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Mayan Chocolate Ice Cream from Full Tilt Ice Cream, Seattle, WA

“Throughout my search for the best ice cream recipes in the country, I was constantly inspired by unique flavor ideas. Discussions with ice cream shop owners sparked new ideas for my own ice cream making adventures. The last chapter in my book is filled with exciting ice cream flavors from around the country that inspired me.”

Take an ice cream road trip across the US without leaving the kitchen with SCOOP ADVENTURES: THE BEST ICE CREAM OF THE 50 STATES and see what inspires you!

About the Author
Lindsay Clendaniel is an ice cream maker who blogs about her adventures at Her recipes have been featured online at the Huffington Post, Gourmet Live, and Her blog was featured on the website of the award-winning confectionary Sucre. Lindsay has been invited to guest post for several food bloggers, and she writes as the New Orleans Dessert Examiner. She lives in Annapolis, MD.

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that had so many delectable dishes. I was very impressed with the breadth and depth of the recipes in this book and the ice cream looks completely amazing. is winter right now so making ice cream does not sound too appealing, but summer will be coming soon and that means family ice cream making. This is the quintessential book with a ton of recipes. While some of these seem very out there, many I know my family would love to try. I was surprised to find some though with things like Sriracha sauce included in the recipe. The ice cream might be very good, though it just sounds different. The recipe for Michigan was a Michigan Salad ice cream which sounds a bit odd, but the ingredients seem to be interesting, including cherries (no lettuce thank goodness). All-in-all this was a great book, with a wide array of recipes, easy to follow instructions and much more!

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