Update 7/14/10: Contest closed.
Ice cream books seem to call my name when I walk through the book store. Somehow they end up in the front seat of my Honda Pilot and I find myself leafing though the pages at red lights.
While I always find new ideas and inspiration in every book I pick up, I’ve yet to find a comprehensive resource for making and storing ice cream. That is until The Ice Dream Cookbook by Chef Rachel Matesz.
What’s Ice Dream?
‘Ice Dream’ is Chef Rachel’s creative name for dairy-free, coconut based ice cream. I’ve tried store bought coconut ice cream and it sat in my freezer for months. Not so with Ice Dream. It’s smooth, creamy, and the coconut flavor is not overly pronounced. Even my coconut phobic husband loved the creamy, coffee flavor.
It’s obvious that Chef Rachel is a teacher at heart – she wants you to have all her secrets and techniques for making the perfect batch of ice dream. She’s included every necessary detail to create a fabulous batch of ice cream including where to buy supplies and equipment, technique tips, and best ice dream storage practices.
Alongside all the classics like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry there are recipes for Macaroon Madness, Green Tea, and Cocoa Macadamia just to name a few. Chef Rachel understands that each person has a different sweet spot and includes tips for varying the sweetness of each batch without using white sugar. She also includes gluten-free cookie & treat recipes to eat with your Ice Dream – though it’s so good all by itself that you won’t need them.
I made the lite variation exactly as the recipe is written except I only used 1/2 teaspoon of liquid stevia and didn’t add any liquor. It was perfectly sweet for me.
Chef Rachel has been generous enough to give one of my readers a copy of The Ice Dream Cookbook. To enter:
- Visit Chef Rachel’s blog, The Healthy Cooking Coach, and find something you like. Share it here in a comment.
- Leave a comment about any flavor of ice cream you’d like to make at home but haven’t yet.
- Tweet about this give away & leave a comment.
- Follow me on Twitter, Friend me on Facebook, and/or “Like” SS&GF. Leave a comment.
This give-away ends at 9 pm CST on Sunday, July 11th 2009. Sorry – this is only open to those living in the continental US.
Full disclosure: I did receive a review copy of The Ice Dream Cookbook but it in no way influenced my review.