The SAVEUR Bookshelf: Ice Cream Cookbooks

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones Cook Book

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

Bi-Rite Creamery is San Francisco's ultra-popular sweet stop, known for its inventive ice cream, cakes, cookies, and other baked goods. They include recipes for all of these various treats in their book, which means the opportunity to build a staggering number of ice cream/baked good hybrid confections. If you're familiar with the shop, all the favorite flavors are here, including their famous salted caramel, plus some more unusual ones like creme fraiche.Amazon

When asked to name my favorite sweet, the answer is always ice cream. I'm one of those people who wouldn't turn down a scoop even in the middle of winter, but come summer ice cream (and all its frozen brethren: sorbets, granitas, sherbets, ices) becomes a regular indulgence. I love standing in line at an ice cream shop deliberating over which flavor to choose — the weird ones always tempt me the most — but there's something even more satisfying about making a batch in my own kitchen, where the flavors can be as strange or as simple as I choose. (Just try to top homemade peach ice cream in the summer; it can't be done.) And if you bring a pint or two to a barbecue or a party, prepare to be the most popular guest there.While I have no trouble dreaming up ice cream flavors on my own, there are plenty of chefs and DIY-ers doing really interesting things with frozen desserts these days, and I love browsing through their books for inspiration. Here's a list of some of the best ice cream and frozen dessert books out there.