Nothing says summertime (or any time) better than ice cream. In honor of National Ice Cream Day we’ve got the scoop on the latest and greatest cookbooks filled with flavors you’ve never even dreamed about. The best part? You can whip up most of these amazing combos without any complicated gear. Keep reading to find your favorite way to introduce little taste testers to volumes of homemade, natural goodness.
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Lomelino’s Ice Cream: 79 Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Frozen Treats to Make Any Day Sweet
We are big fans of Linda Lomelino’s—the stylish blogger at the helm of Call Me Cupcake!—collection of desserts, especially because before she does anything else, she shares her knowledge about sorbets and sherbets and semifreddos (Don’t worry, we thought we knew our stuff, too!). From the simple recipes to the amazing collection of sauces and toppings, there’s something for everyone. If the Instagram-worthy images aren’t enough to inspire you, we recommend to keep flipping until you reach the cakes—that will surely inspire your little ones.
Avaialble at Amazon for $13.65.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
We still vaguely remember the days of trailing after our neighborhood ice cream truck. However, we didn’t grow up in New York City and reading Laura O’Neill’s part biography/part-instruction manual makes us wish we had. Forget flagging down the ice cream man and instead learn why these flavors, ranging from classic vanilla to internationally-inspired recipes Masala Chai with Black Peppercorns, Apple Crumble with Calvados and Crème Fraîche have earned an Artisan title. There’s even a vegan chapter to treat your dairy-free family and friends!
Available at Amazon for $10.99 or $13.99 for Kindle.
Ice Cream Adventures: More Than 100 Deliciously Different Recipes
When Stef Ferrari says adventure, she means a Sea-salted Chocolate-covered Pecan Toffee Ice Cream adventure—a whopping three more ingredients than our household’s typical bowl of ice cream. If that’s not quite enough for your kiddos, maybe you need to make a Mexican Muscovado Caramel Sauce to top it off. Are you bouncing off walls just thinking about it, like we are? Besides all the wacky and wonderful flavor combos, Stef also provides the guide for creating a simple ice cream base perfect for foodies, ice cream lovers, and everyone in between. If you’re looking for one essential ice cream cookbook, Ice Cream Adventures fits the bill.
Available at Amazon for $16.01 or $9.99 for Kindle.
Ice Cream Social: 100 Artisanal Recipes for Ice Cream, Sherbet, Granita, and Other Frozen Favorites
This 333-page collection has something for everyone, from Toasted Coconut Ice Milk to Asian Pear Sherbet with Sake. We love Anthony Tassinello’s back-to-basics style that reminds us to do what we love, and the chapter on boozy frozen treats is total bonus for adults-only nights and gatherings. Don’t miss the troubleshooting tips and awesome techniques provided—you’ll get amazing results every time.
Available at Amazon for $11.40 or $2.99 for Kindle.
100 Frozen Yogurt Recipes: Homemade Easy and Delicious Summer Desserts
Surprise! We’ve just found you a kid-friendly afternoon activity for today. Where ice cream calls for a bit more churning and patience, many of Justin Ramsey’s frozen yogurts and creamsicles are a mix, freeze, repeat kind of task. Help your tiny chefs make a creamy treat from their favorite fruits, like watermelon and mango tango! Or help them help you make your favorites, like salted caramel and tiramisu. Clearly written, with straight-forward directions, all the recipes are presented with a description, number of servings, preparation time and list of ingredients.
Available on Amazon for $12.99 or $2.99 for Kindle.
Best Dump and Freeze Treats: Frozen Fruit Salads, Pies, Fluffs, and More Retro Desserts
Here’s to thinking outside the pie pan. When it comes to July cookouts, these easy-to-assemble recipes from Monica Sweeney have us rethinking our traditional desserts. From banana split salad to frozen key lime pie, and the amazing fluffs that kick off the book (If you haven’t heard, fluffs are making a comeback in a major way), these retro-style frozen desserts are crowd-pleasers.
Available at Amazon for $9.24 or $8.78 for Kindle.
N’ice Cream: 80+ Recipes for Healthy Homemade Vegan Ice Creams
It’s difficult enough to find plant-based desserts when you’re out and about—most dessert shops have a standard fruity sherbet as their one in 16 options. After glancing through Virpi Mikkonen’s and Tuulia Talvio’s basic ingredient list—oat milks, legumes, natural sweeteners, and “no weird stuff”—that makes up yummy concoctions like coconut water coolers and mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches, and reading the rave reviews and sassy introductions from these Finnish health gurus, we can’t wait to introduce our little omnivores to the world of soaked almonds and seed butter desserts.
Available at Amazon for $17.01 or $19.99 for Kindle.
The New Frozen Dessert Cookbook: Delicious Ice Cream, Sorbet, Popsicle, and Ice Pop Recipes
Regional flavors abound in this collection from BookSumo Press. Experience the taste of Anchorage (that’s a meringue seared inside orange halves), or dig into a Caribbean-inspired sorbet with coconut milk, ginger, and other tropical fruits. Every single recipe—there are 50 in total—comes complete with a nutritional chart, which is a great way to get your older kids to compare the vast difference between sugar-laden store-bought desserts and their homemade sweets!
Available at Amazon for $9.99 or $2.99 for Kindle.
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
The first time we wandered into the Mission district, we waited outside Bi-Rite for 30 minutes before devouring their signature salted caramel ice cream in 10 minutes flat. It was worth it. For those of you not based in the Bay Area or those of you trying to cut back on the Bi-Rite expenditures, this guidebook to Kris Hoogerhyde’s and Anne Walker’s famous small-batch creamery includes not only their greatest hits, but also cookies, crusts and sauces to accompany your ice creams. Filled with step-by-step techniques and insider secrets, each chapter is dedicated to particular ingredient, making it easy to mix and match and create an array of custom-made frozen desserts.
Available at Amazon for $18.04 or $10.99 for Kindle.
Share your family’s favorite ice cream concoction in the comments below!
Feature photo: Steven Depolo via flickr