Ice Cream

Ice Cream

By Ivan Day

Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747808138, 64pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2011


Ice cream has been served in Britain since the seventeenth century. It has graced the tables of kings, and the cones of the working man; it has been plain, flavored, molded, sliced, squirted and scooped. It has made the fortunes of industrialists and put bread on the table of generations of Italian emigres.

This new history of ice cream by food historian Ivan Day tells the whole story of ice cream in Britain, a story that has seen both the democratization of this favorite frozen dessert, and a fall in the standards of its production and presentation. It is a story of fine cuisine, of entrepreneurship, and of food for fun. Illustrated with archive material and photographs of historic ice cream desserts made from original recipes especially for this book, this is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary and much-loved food.

About the Author
IVAN DAY is a renowned food historian, museums and exhibitions consultant, and historic food educator, cook, and broadcaster in Cumbria, England. His 17th-century farmhouse houses his collection of antique kitchen artifacts and is the setting for courses offered on period food. Day's amazing work and passion are shown on his spectacular website,

Praise For Ice Cream

"Ivan Day's charming and mouth-watering history of ice cream has opened my eyes to the amazing world of Victorian ice cream... [the] book is illustrated with some incredible pictures from cookery books, and even photographs of Victorian ice cream molds." - Laura Crawley, Kitchen Retro

"At 64 pages with numerous color photos Ice Cream briskly explains production, extraordinary early flavors, vendor carts & trucks, advertising, and the changing ways in which these treats were enjoyed in British society." - Andrew Brozyna, The Spunky Coconut

" For those who want to know more about the history of ice cream, Day’s book is an excellent starting point. Quick, informative, and clearly written, it should satisfy anyone with an interest in learning more about the topic." -Richard Dansky, Sleeping Hedgehog