Cookbooks to make some summer treats

Photo by Amy Phelps Several cookbooks have ice cream and fruit-based sweets for summer treats.

There are several new cookbooks out now that will teach you how to make ice creams, sorbets and fruit desserts for your summer parties!

“La Grotta” by Kitty Travers features recipes for ice creams and sorbets from Travers’ ice cream shop in London. And these aren’t your usual cookies and cream or chocolate ice creams. Recipes for ice creams, ices and sherbets include Amalfi Lemon Jelly, Carrot Seed, Oroblanco and Pale Ale, Black Currant Leaf Water Ice, Montmorency Cherry Sherbet, Pea Pod, Cucumber and Sour Cream, Tomato and White Peach, Espresso Con Panna, Roast Chestnut Cremolata and much more.

There’s more than just regular ice cream to try in this book.

“La Grotta” is published by Clarkson Potter and is $25.


From beginnings of a small ice cream cart to 18 brick-and-mortar locations and now a cookbook comes “Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook” by Tyler Malek with photos by JJ Goode.

Malek, together with his cousin Kim Malek, started a small ice cream business in Portland that has blossomed. Malek writes about the store’s beginnings and experiments with flavors, including its monthly roster of special flavors based on a food theme, as well as its classics.

There are ice cream recipes for Arbequina Olive Oil, Chocolate Gooey Brownie, Cinnamon Snickerdoole, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Pear with Blue Cheese, India Pale Ale, Honey Lavender, Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero, Caramel Corn on the Cob, Cauliflower Garam Masala, Skittles Rainbow Sherbet, Grandma Dracula’s Blood Pudding, Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey and Gingerbread Cookie Dough.

Those really wanting to take a walk on the wild side should check this out.

“Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook” is published by Clarkson Potter. It is $25.


For those wanting something with fruit, “Decadent Fruit Desserts” by Jackie Bruchez is ready to use up those seasonal sweets.

There’s simple desserts like Blood-Orange Creme Brulee, cakes such as Rhubarb-Striped Mango Cake, pies that go beyond the simple like Chocolate-Pomegranate Tart or Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie, cookies and bars such as Blackberry Custard Bars and Cherry Double-Chocolate Cookies, frozen treats like Raspberry-Apricot Mascarpone Ice Cream or Tropical Mango Popsicles and retro favorites like Pomegranate Panna Cotta and Caramel-Passion Fruit Pot de Creme.

There’s plenty to make your picnic or summer party extra special!

“Decadent Fruit Desserts” is published by Page Street. It is $21.99.


Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com