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


Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 11, 2018

When I tucked into my sundae, I was eating a metaphor: heaps of vanilla-flavored hope and comfort rising from a jet-black lakelet of swirling chaos. Raise your hand if you love ice cream. It is one of those sweet dessert treats that most everyone seems to love. I know I sure do. I grew up as the...

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...

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...

pianogal rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 17, 2017

I'm sorry but I hated this one. I don't like saying that, because I know a lot of work went into it, but I just could not get past how negative the author was about EVERYTHING. That ice cream's too sweet. This gelato doesn't have enough milk fat. That lady is too fat. This guy didn't have enough...

Erin rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 11, 2017

This was a neat idea, but the author's personality was truly annoying. This would have been way better if she had stuck to history and ice cream production and left her obviously contrived family stories and lack of tolerance towards other people's viewpoints out of it.

Emma rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 24, 2017

Grade: D An e-galley was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: I actually found myself relatively bored for most of the book. Too much of the information Ettinger presented was dry and unnecessary. I wanted fun ice cream adven...

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...

Biblio rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

Even if you think you are a major ice cream fan, you probably have nothing on Amy Ettinger. She lives for ice cream. And after researching this book, she knows a lot more about ice cream than practically anyone. She combines memoir with magazine-type journalism in this in-depth look at the state...

Jane rated it ★★★★☆

December 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....

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