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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home By Jeni Britton Bauer, Artisan, 2011. Hardcover. $24; 218 pages

Jeni's Ice Cream in Columbus, Ohio, is perhaps the best maker of artisanal frozen treats in the country, and here Jeni explains the principles not just of flavor but also of texture, sometimes involving cream cheese, cornstarch, and corn syrup. The payoff is a creamy dessert that doesn't freeze up to a hard block. Flavors are glorious: The Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream in the World; Blackstrap Praline; Riesling-Poached Pear Sorbet.

GIVE THIS TO: Everyone! —Ann Taylor Pittman

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