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Summerís Favorite Dessert Cookbook Shares the Best Recipes for Making Homemade Ice Cream

Albuquerque, NM, June 29, 2013 --( A new book is hitting the stands this weekend and it is sure to please. Summer’s Favorite Dessert Cookbook: 30 Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes of All Time by Karen Pettine shares the joy of making homemade ice cream with readers.

Just in time for the Fourth of July, Pettine’s book includes simple, straightforward recipes that are easy to recreate. The cookbook is a collection of America’s favorite ice cream flavors including classics like peach, strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. For readers who are interested in moving beyond the traditional, Pettine has also included recipes such as hazelnut gelato, strawberry limeade sherbet, and watermelon sorbet.

Written for the average individual, the ingredients in all of the recipes can be easily obtained at any store. By keeping things simple, Pettine hopes to encourage readers who have never made the dessert before to give it a try.

Pettine herself is quite familiar with the creamy dairy confection. In her family, making the dish is a tradition that spans four generations. Gathering together to whip up a batch of vanilla, chocolate, or peach goodness on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day is something that her family has done for as long as she can remember. The memories she has of both making ice cream and eating the delicious treat inspired her to write this book.

Although many often think of the process as a means to an end, Pettine is quick to say that, “one of the best parts of making homemade ice cream is that it is a group activity.” She suggests that readers use the traditional method, which involves a bucket, lots of ice, a box of rock salt, and strong arms. In generations past, this was the only method available and it was often necessary to have multiple individuals taking turns churning the dessert. According to Pettine, “making ice cream the old fashioned way turns it in to a perfect family activity. I know it’s something my family has always enjoyed.”

Pettine also points out that creating the tasty concoction yourself gives you total control of all of the ingredients. "The number of ingredients in some types of store bought ice cream is absolutely incredible," Pettine states. "Ice cream should be really simple, cream, sugar, milk, maybe some eggs. There's really no reason to include all that extra stuff."

In the end, making homemade ice cream is really all about having fun. Yes, it is a little more work, but you'll be glad you went to the extra effort.

Pettine’s new book is available on and will be free from June 28th to July 2nd.
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