Remember the whole controversy about Baby Gaga (since renamed Baby Googoo), the breast milk ice cream served by a London boutique? That was the work of Matt O'Connor and The Icecreamists, who have continued to provoke with their punk-inspired "vice creams," cocktails, sundaes, and other guilty pleasures, as they call them. I was ready to roll my eyes at their deliberately outrageous approach, but after flipping through their new cookbook, I'm more hungry than shocked.
• Who wrote it: Matt O'Connor
• Who published it: Mitchell Beazley
• Number of recipes: 78
• Recipes for right now: A Chocwork Orange Dark Chocolate & Orange Ice Cream; The Ladychiller Rose Petal Ice Cream; Smack, Crack, and Pop Popcorn Ice Cream; Cold Sweat Chile, Ginger, and Lemongrass Ice Cream; Brain Freeze Watermelon and Vodka Sorbetto
• Other highlights: Though it contains recipes for The Icecreamists' infamous Baby Googoo Ice Cream and Sex Bomb Stimulant Ice Cream, beneath the subversive façade this book is really about making luxurious ice cream and gelato at home. Matt O'Connor is a passionate advocate for great ingredients, having fun, and being creative. Beyond the expected ingredients like milk, cream, eggs, fresh fruit, and chocolate, there are recipes featuring cake, popcorn, doughnuts, marshmallows, peanut butter, licorice, chile peppers, marmalade, and plenty of booze, from Guinness to absinthe.
The Icecreamists' aesthetic won't be for everyone, but I found myself gazing longingly at the gorgeous photos and innovative flavors — and I generally don't even like ice cream!
• Who would enjoy this book? people looking for new and bold ice cream and cocktail ideas, fans of The Icecreamists boutiques
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Icecreamists by Matt O'Connor
• Visit the author's website: The Icecreamists
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