When I travel, I always have an eye out for local specialties. Sometimes those specialties are include a fairly broad category, such as a particular style of barbecue that is served at many restaurants in the region, but other times those specialties are a lot more specific, such as a certain ice cream flavor at a local ice cream shop. Ice cream is always one of my favorite treats – after all, I did write several book on the subject – so you probably wouldn’t be surprised that a book like Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country caught my eye. This book takes you on a state-by-state tour of ice cream parlors and shares some of their most popular and most unique flavors, giving you a taste of without ever having to travel beyond your local grocery store.
The book starts in the South East and travels down into the South before heading up towards the North East,. Mid West and through the Rockies to the West Coast. Each recipe starts out with a little story about how the ice cream flavor came about and what makes it a local specialty. The flavors range from cover a wide range, from those that are clearly indulgent – Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream – to those that are a little bit more exotic, such as Earl Grey Sriracha Ice Cream. There is something for every taste, with plenty of options for both adventurous and slightly-less-adventurous eaters.
The ice cream recipes are straightforward and easy to follow, however you will get the best results if you have a good ice cream maker in your kitchen. If you are planning to work your way through all the states – or even most of them – you will get some great use out of that ice cream maker. The recipes are accompanied by vibrant photos that make the scoops pop off the page and will put you in the mood for a cramy frozen treat in no time.