Cook the Book: 'The Perfect Scoop'

ctb-theperfectscoop.jpg When the weather is unbearably hot and sticky and all you feel capable of doing is melting into a human puddle, the best thing to eat for temporary relief is a member of the frozen dessert family: ice cream, sorbet, or granita. This week we're giving away three copies of dessert master David Lebovitz's latest book, The Perfect Scoop.

The Perfect Scoop starts with the basics of ice cream making followed by over one hundred recipes for ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, granitas, and accompanying sauces, toppings, mix-ins and vessels. Many of the recipes are prefaced by tips or personal anecdotes, such as the one where David reveals that the worst summer of his life was when his neighborhood's Good Humor man left his block forever after getting sprayed by a bully with a hose, thus cutting off David's access to his favorite ice cream bar, Toasted Coconut. Of course, today David (and readers of his book) can make enough toasted coconut ice cream to last a lifetime.

To win a copy of The Perfect Scoop just tell us what your favorite kind of frozen dessert is, whether it's classic vanilla ice cream or a towering sundae of neon rainbow sherbet drowned in chocolate sauce and whipped cream. We'll pick five winners at random. You have until Sunday (June 17th) to answer.

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