Over 20 years ago I bought a book that would change my life. It was an ice cream book and it taught me the basics...but what makes my ice cream unique is the friends that urged me to make flavors I never thought to create. As I grew more comfortable making it, they would challenge me to make unusual flavors.
Over the years I have made over 130 flavors and the book represents a fraction of those flavors and the friends that inspired each delicious note.
The book- "The Story & Recipes of Valerie's Cat Eye sCream!" is an 8 1/2" square, spiral bound, full color, 104 pages. 100% handwritten and illustrated by me. The stories are like puzzles that you need to take your time to experience and savor... they can be read randomly or from cover to cover to tell the story of how my ice cream came to be.
The recipes are comprised of hand drawn icons that show you how to make each ice cream. I have had novice cooks say, "I actually understand this better than a traditional cookbook." I love doing everything from scratch.... I mean everything... Not only will I teach you how to make a custard for the ice cream but you will also learn how to make graham crackers, marshmallows, cannoli shells, pie crust, potato chips, spouted nuts… just to name a few. Not all the recipes are complicated but, they all share one quality, they are delicious and worth the time it takes to make.
Don't just make one ice cream... make a few and serve them together to a group of friends. Savor them and take your time serve them in tiny bites and enjoy the flavor.
Here is the deal… I don’t sell ice cream… If you want my ice cream you are going to have to buy a book and make it yourself. If you don’t cook… find a friend who does and give them a book as a gift… then say, “Hey, let’s hang out and make some ice cream together!”
This book is a first edition and with that comes the common errors and mistakes that only get caught after the books have been picked up from the printer. Please visit the “opps and corrections” page before starting a recipe. If you discover something that needs clarification please send me a message :) thanks Valerie