Cool: The Story of Ice Cream by writer and CBC broadcaster Marilyn Powell takes you on a long, cool trip through the history of this frozen dessert and its relatives (sherbet, granita, ice milk and gelato). Along the way, we read about the time-honoured tradition of ice harvesting, the alcoholic origins of sherbet (originally called sharab in the Middle East, then, sharbat), the invention of eaux glacées in eighteenth-century France and kulfi in Moghul India, the first patents for the ice cream maker, the creation of the Baked Alaska and the founding of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlour in Burlington, Vermont.
For those wanting to know about the story of flavoured gelatin, but too afraid to ask, there is Jell-O: A Biography: The History and Mystery of “America’s Most Famous Dessert”. Written by Carolyn Wyman (also author of SPAM: A Biography), Jell-O is a nostalgic collection of recipes, vintage ads, company memorabilia and other related trivia. The book’s all-star cast includes Norman Rockwell who illustrated the first Jell-O cookbook and inventor/illustrator Rose O’Neill whose Kewpie dolls graced many of the early ads. Oddball trivia includes a list of phrases called “How to Speak Jell-O” (eg. “a red Jell-O event” meaning an old fashioned potluck and “Jell-O for brains” meaning stupid) and the Jell-O Mold Building in Seattle.
Ever wonder about the Forefather of Fizz? The King of Colas? Or why 7-Up was called 7-Up? Look no further than Soda Pop! From Miracle Medicine to Pop Culture [pun intended] by memorabilia collectors Gyvel Young-Witzel and Michael Karl Witzel. In-depth, lavishly illustrated and, well, light and bubbly, Soda Pop! is as fascinating as it is entertaining. Find out how eighteenth-century physicians Hermann Boerhaave and Joseph Priestley invented carbonated water (it involved chalk) and how Thomas Henry and Jacob Schweppe commercialized it. Learn about more soda brands (Fowler’s Cherry Smash, Vin Fiz Sparkling Grape Drink and White Rock Ginger Ale) than you ever knew existed.
Pop open this book, hear the fizz, then pour yourself a glass of effervescent information!