Can’t Stand the Heat?
If the rising temperatures has you flushed, head to the kitchen—assuming your kitchen has an ice cream machine. The best addition to your hardware is The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz—a cookbook for frozen treats from Ten Speed Press. It is an extraordinary guide to the world of frozen treats—stretching beyond ice cream to include sorbets, granitas and what the author calls “sweet accompaniments,” meaning drinks, dessert compositions, or toppings. The treats stretch beyond the kid friendly (I’m eyeing peanut butter and jelly for my granddaughters) to treats for a refined palate—a champagne cassis granita sounds perfect for a nice dinner party. But purists, don’t worry: the first recipe is for basic but mouthwatering vanilla. The Perfect Scoop is available for $19 in bookstores and online.