Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger

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Read Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America Online Free - A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America.

For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year--frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family.

Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream's evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America's early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what's really behind America's favorite frozen treats.

Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can't get enough of--one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.

Title : Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America
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ISBN : 1101984198
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Kate rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2017

ALL THE ICE CREAM. I eat a LOT of this treat, and am currently of the "any ice cream is good ice cream" mindset - naturally I was ecstatic to win a copy of SWEET SPOT and begin reading. I devoured it in two days and found that this book completely satisfied my need for both a history of the treat...

Crystal rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

This is a book about my absolute favorite food in the world. Like Ettinger, it's like crack for me. I can never have enough ice cream. If, like me, you are a freak for this cold treat, snap this book up and learn all about the crazy and fascinating history of its rise across America. I learned so...

Angie rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 28, 2017

Like the author, I have a sweet spot for ice cream. I understand her obsession, both in the making of it and the consuming of it, and have been known to plan road trips and detours around a visit to an ice cream shop. Unfortunately Ettinger's tales of her own ice cream obsession left me as disapp...

Nostalgia Reader rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

A delicious and refreshing read, perfect for the depths of a summer heat wave. By the time you finish this, you'll be craving ice cream... if you haven't already given into the temptation and cracked a pint or two open while you're reading! This was a solid combination of foodie exploration memoir...

Jane rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

Thanks to CookBookClub.com for this win. If you're an ice cream lover like I am, this book is for you. Not only does she travel around the country eating ice cream, she goes into the history of ice cream, gelato, soda fountain drinks, frozen custard, the history of soda, etc. Very good research....

Kathie rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

This was a throughly enjoyable read. I found the author very chatty and easy to read. I learned a ton about ice cream production, and got a glimpse into what it takes to make a cool treat. I liked learning about some of the more unusual flavours that are out there, and found her research quite ex...

Jill rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

Do you love ice cream too? Author Amy Ettinger went on a cross-country journey to find the best ice cream. And in her new book, Sweet Spot, she shares everything she learned. From finding out that Haagen Dazs came from Brooklyn and was named by Reuben Mattus, who wanted a "Danish sounding" name (...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★☆

July 31, 2017

As an ice cream lover, this book was right up my alley. I enjoyed the author's perspective and journey learning about ice cream (and its many varieties) as well as her personal insights along the way. What I enjoyed most was the small vignettes of individual ice cream makers sharing their approac...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2017

I loved reading this one! I learned so much about the ice cream industry! It was great to travel chapter by chapter with Ettinger to a variety of places in the USA - I vicariously tasted ice cream and custard from coast to coast! 'Makes me want to travel more and challenge my palate (and gym work...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

How can you not like a book about ice cream? And who knew there was so much to know? Amy Ettinger's writing reminded me a little of Mary Roach, although at times I lost interest or got confused as she started talking about different companies. And I would never, ever try oyster ice cream!

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