Sweet Spot
A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America. For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year--frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family.Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream's evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America's early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what's really behind America's favorite frozen treats.Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can't get enough of--one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.

Sweet Spot Details

TitleSweet Spot
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherDutton Books
ISBN1101984198
ISBN-139781101984192
Number of pages320 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Cooking, Foodie

Sweet Spot Review

  • Crystal King
    June 27, 2017
    This is a book about my absolute favorite food in the world. Like Ettinger, it's like crack for me. I can never have enough ice cream. If, like me, you are a freak for this cold treat, snap this book up and learn all about the crazy and fascinating history of its rise across America. I learned so much about how ice cream, frozen custard and gelato is made, about ice cream trucks, about the challenge of pasteurization and so much more. Ettinger weaves meticulous (and delicious) research amidst he This is a book about my absolute favorite food in the world. Like Ettinger, it's like crack for me. I can never have enough ice cream. If, like me, you are a freak for this cold treat, snap this book up and learn all about the crazy and fascinating history of its rise across America. I learned so much about how ice cream, frozen custard and gelato is made, about ice cream trucks, about the challenge of pasteurization and so much more. Ettinger weaves meticulous (and delicious) research amidst her memories of growing up as an ice cream lover, creating that emotional connection that I know ice cream has for me. A wonderful summer companion for your book bag.
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  • Nostalgia Reader
    June 21, 2017
    A delicious and refreshing read, perfect for the depths of a summer heat wave. By the time you finish this, you'll be craving ice cream... if you haven't already given into the temptation and cracked a pint or two open while you're reading!This was a solid combination of foodie exploration memoir and ice cream history. Ettinger's passion/obsession for ice cream shines through as she travels around the country to find unique ice cream shops, trucks, and labs, where she explores new flavors and ol A delicious and refreshing read, perfect for the depths of a summer heat wave. By the time you finish this, you'll be craving ice cream... if you haven't already given into the temptation and cracked a pint or two open while you're reading!This was a solid combination of foodie exploration memoir and ice cream history. Ettinger's passion/obsession for ice cream shines through as she travels around the country to find unique ice cream shops, trucks, and labs, where she explores new flavors and old secrets, as well as some of the science behind what makes ice cream more than just frozen milk. Each chapter focuses on a different subject, with Ettinger's experiences and research (i.e. eating lots of ice cream) are woven into each chapter. While she has some set in stone views, she's still willing to give things she once would have shunned a try, such as topping ice cream with toffee mealworms. She also delves into the history behind many famous brands, as well as the founding stories of many unique and quirky ice cream stores around the country.There's something interesting in here for everyone, whether you're wanting to learn about the science of ice cream and how it's made (spoiler: much of it is made from a pre-packaged mix), the history of brands and stores, or even the quirks of ice cream related treats like gelatos, frozen yogurt, soda fountains, and ice cream sandwiches ("sammies").I finished reading this on the hottest day of the season, thus far, and I wish I still had a few more chapters left to cool me off, at least in spirit.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to review!(Cross posted on my blog.)
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  • Angie Six
    June 28, 2017
    Like the author, I have a sweet spot for ice cream. I understand her obsession, both in the making of it and the consuming of it, and have been known to plan road trips and detours around a visit to an ice cream shop. Unfortunately Ettinger's tales of her own ice cream obsession left me as disappointed as a fallen scoop on hot pavement. I imagined Ettinger slowly making her way across America, discovering charming ice cream makers new and old and telling their stories. Instead the book felt jerk Like the author, I have a sweet spot for ice cream. I understand her obsession, both in the making of it and the consuming of it, and have been known to plan road trips and detours around a visit to an ice cream shop. Unfortunately Ettinger's tales of her own ice cream obsession left me as disappointed as a fallen scoop on hot pavement. I imagined Ettinger slowly making her way across America, discovering charming ice cream makers new and old and telling their stories. Instead the book felt jerky and untethered. One day she was in California, the next Wisconsin, then New York City. I wanted more of a narrative and instead got a jumble of journalism, history lesson, and rants about her travels and ice cream experiences. There are bright spots, however. I learned a lot about how ice cream is made and there were a few stories about the people behind the ice cream that I found interesting. I guess in the end, I wanted the story to be sweeter. Ice cream aficionados who want to delve into the history of brands such as Ben & Jerry's, Culver's, Coolhaus, Carvel and more will enjoy the insight, but those looking for a foodie or travel-type memoir/narrative will probably be hungry for something more substantial.
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  • Rhonda Lomazow
    March 23, 2017
    Amy Ettinger has written a lovely ode to ice cream.She shares with us her childhood summer memories ball surrounding ice cream.We learn the history not ice cream road trip to ice cream stores .Trust me you will want ice cream as you read .A really tasty read.
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  • Shelly King
    July 3, 2017
    I love-love-loved this book! It's like spending a long afternoon poolside chatting with a friend about her greatest adventure. Ettinger's personal history with ice cream hits so close to home. And her ice cream adventures around the country read like sweet, boozy gossip. Perfect summer reading.
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