If you’re a lover of ice cream, like so very many of us, then Lindsay Clendaniel’s upcoming book, Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country, will be a treat to read. Clendaniel, who also runs the absolutely delightful Scoop Adventures blog, took some time out to talk with us about her book, which is a labor of love for a foodstuff that she has thoroughly adored since childhood.

Squidoo Interview

By Stephanie Mangino, managing editor of Squidoo Magazines

Well, as we all know, you just can't go wrong with ice cream because it really does seem like everybody loves it - or at least some kind of frozen treat, like gelato, sorbet or sherbet. Why do you think ice cream and its frosty cousins have such universal appeal?

I think ice cream hits the spot in all the right ways. The texture is creamy and satisfying and the sweetness definitely pleases the sweet tooth in most of us. Ice cream can even have mix-ins which also satisfies crunchy cravings. I also feel that ice cream often evokes a bit of nostalgia in most of us, since ice cream is often paired with childhood events and memories.

You say on your excellent website, Scoop Adventures, that while you were always an ice cream lover, that your life changed when you got your first ice cream maker. What kind was it and how long ago was that momentous occasion?

My first ice cream maker (which I still own) was a Cuisinart® Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker Model ICE-20. I still believe this is the best ice cream maker for the price. I bought my first ice cream maker in 2007.

How did the idea for Scoop Adventures arise - what led to so many travels and encounters with so many different ice creams?

The Scoop Adventures blog started soon after I could finally create my own ice cream flavors in the comfort of my home. I had so many ideas and so much fun being creative in the kitchen that I decided to share my ideas with the internet world. I was never sure how many people would be interested in reading about my ice cream adventures, but I figured there must be other people in the world who love ice cream as much as I do.

All of my encounters with ice cream over the years has just been fueled by my love for ice cream and exploring the creativity that ice cream makers show through their creations.

How did you select the ice cream shops/recipes to feature in the book? How did you settle on a great ice cream recipe from each state?

It was very important to me to include ice cream shops that are owned by passionate and creative ice cream makers. You can figure this out just by talking to the owner; the passion seeps through the phone. Along with a passion for good ice cream typically comes the awareness of the importance of quality ingredients. The majority of shops in the cookbook also use local ingredients in their ice creams, which is also important to me.

How was writing the book different from writing the blog?

Writing the book required much more recipe testing, writing and research that writing for the blog. Where as the blog serves as a means for me to experiment with ice cream flavors and tell about my adventures in making ice cream, it was very important to me to include well-researched, well-tested and easy-to-follow recipes in the cookbook. Some recipes were revised three or four times before I settled on the perfect recipe for the cookbook.

Do you have a favorite ice cream recipe in the book? Or do your favorites change with your moods, meals, or season?

Asking me to choose a favorite ice cream is always a tough question. I do have favorites, but I really love every recipe in the book. Some of favorites include Basil Ice Cream, Peach Honey Habanero Ice Cream, Raspberry Red Currant Ice Cream, and Dark Chocolate Zin ice cream. And yes it does somewhat depend on the season since I love using seasonal ingredients.

What do you hope people will learn in the pages of Scoop Adventures?

I hope people will learn that the world of ice cream is just as interesting and creative as other areas of the culinary world. I hope that people learn that making ice cream is easier than they think and it does not have to be intimidating. I hope people learn that it is awesome seeing other people smile when they eat your ice cream:)

Are you surprised by the reaction you've had to your recipes/website? When did it become apparent that you and ice cream were a perfect match?

In some ways, I was not surprised by the reaction to my website given that I am an ice cream nerd and I figure there had to be people out in the world like me. People also love to see pretty food, so I work hard to make ice cream look just as beautiful as other food. Ice cream and I have always been the perfect match, but it was exciting to receive comments from other people with a passion for ice cream.

I noticed that your website mentions an ice cream business you had while living in New Orleans. Is that still up and running?

Unfortunately that was a short lived business since I no longer live in New Orleans. I hope to eventually sell pints in my new home in Maryland, but for now I have been focusing on the cookbook.

Are you and your husband any closer to the dream of owning your own ice cream shop? When you do open it - do you already know what the flavors for that first day will be? Are any featured in the book?

Owning our ice cream shop is still in the dream stage, however we really hope to follow through with our dream someday. I would love to include any of the ice creams in the cookbook as feature ice creams in my shop. There are about 30 recipes in the cookbook that are my own original recipes, so I would probably start there. Goat Cheese Ice cream with Pickled Blueberries is one of my favorite original flavors.

Thanks so much for talking to us about Scoop Adventures! Is there anything you'd like add about the book?

The book is currently available for pre-order at online book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More information can be obtained on my blog as well. The book will be on bookstore shelves (and sent to your home) on March 25, 2014. Happy Scooping!

Stephanie Mangino, Editor of Squidoo Magazines, will be interviewing authors of cookbooks, craft and home and garden titles for Squidoo's "Authors On Squidoo" Series. If you're an author who'd like to be interviewed please e-mail her at stephanie@squidoo.com. Squidoo royalties from the author series lenses go to the Room to Read charity.

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  • sirteacup May 16, 2014 @ 5:38 am
    Very cool, the cover shots got me salivating! I'd also love to open my own ice cream shop. I'll give you a free scoop if I do to thank you for this lens! :-)
  • astevn816 Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
    gonna try some of these scoop ideas
  • smine27 Apr 17, 2014 @ 7:21 pm
    that was a. dry interesting interview. some of those flavor sound unique and intriguing.
  • FreshStart7 Apr 16, 2014 @ 11:38 pm
    Great interview Stephanie!
  • Joie Mar 28, 2014 @ 2:14 am
    Oh, yum, yum, yum! I own the little Cuisinart pictured above, and making the most delicious ice cream was never so easy! Thank you for this delicious lens, and I look forward to exploring your delicious blog!
  • quiz_queen Mar 22, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
  • Radgrl Mar 13, 2014 @ 8:51 pm
    Great lens
  • Arachnea Mar 08, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
    Great interview and lens. I would love to give the book a try. Thanks for recommending an ice cream maker.
  • nancymaggielee Mar 07, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
    Wonderful lens, thank you for sharing!
  • asad-yousuf1989 Mar 01, 2014 @ 1:24 pm
    I like ice cream, even in the winter, it is also one of my favorite foods.
  • Feb 28, 2014 @ 9:30 pm
    I like ice cream, even in the winter, it is also one of my favorite foods.
  • grammieo Feb 28, 2014 @ 12:43 pm
    This is the best food category, I love Ice Cream and while I don't live in the States, I will have to check this book out before I make my next trip to see you all.
  • rms Feb 28, 2014 @ 12:01 pm
    I just pre-ordered the book. Can't wait to receive it!
  • trevorjb1406 Feb 28, 2014 @ 11:09 am
    I love ice cream! When I was a school boy my Father used to take me by bus to Trafford Park Manchester to collect large 5gall. tubs of ice cream from the Italian family who produced it. It was fabulous and cost about one old penny. Now they charge more than £1 a scoop!! A really nice lens with lovely pictures....I want some now!!

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