Harvest of the Cold Months: The Social History of Ice and Ices

by Elizabeth David

Hardcover, 1995




New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1995.


"Long recognized as the doyenne of English culinary writing, David here displays the witty and well-furnished mind that made her famous. From sixteenth-century Italy and the splendor of the Medici banquets to seventeenth-century France and the Sun King, from travelers' tales of snow pits and ice houses in Persia to the sherbet trade with the Levant to the use of ice as "table jewelry," and from the influential ice trade in Boston to the growth of the ice cream business in London, this impressive book brings alive the centuries in which ice, far from being commonplace, was a subject that inspired and challenged the human imagination."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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LibraryThing member herschelian
An amazingly scholarly work by the much revered cookery writer; The complete (and I do mean COMPLETE) history of how humans began to use ice to preserve and enhance food, and finally how they came to eat ice cream. Fascinating and informative.
LibraryThing member mcglothlen
I shouldn't probably rate this one. I have to admit I've never finished it. It's a little... well... really NOT meaning to be clever here: her writing style is a little chilly. A little academic. I should give it another shot. I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt in a way I ordinarily wouldn't.
LibraryThing member shevek
Tremendously detailed history of the collection, storage, and uses of ice, with an emphasis on ice cream, sorbets, and sherbets that suggests it probably began as background for a book of ice cream recipes. Not the easiest read, but interesting. If I have a misgiving, it's that its density and uniqueness makes it hard to judge how comprehensive or accurate it actually is.… (more)


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