About the Book

A worldwide guide to ice cream destinations, a collection of stories, and inspired recipes based on 60 ice cream shops across eight countries. From California to Taiwan to Argentina to Italy. Jennifer Ng, a lifelong ice cream lover, chronicles visits to a dairy plant, the island where ice cream supposedly originated, and conversations with ice cream makers. She meets former pastry chefs, Gelato University students, and fellow ice cream lovers. Jennifer seeks to answer the question: why is ice cream so special for so many of us?

Profiles select shops like Smitten in San Francisco, Bluebird Ice Cream in Seattle, Coolhaus in Los Angeles, Vann Leeuwen in New York city, Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia, La Sorbetteria in Bologna, Fior di Luna in Rome, and more.

Includes over 50 photos and a selection of ice cream recipes

(desktop clients only)

Know of an ice cream place that you want to share? Add to a growing ice cream database as Ice Cream Travel Guide evolves to accessible while you travel.



Ships from the United States within one week from order date.


Also available for purchase from local independent bookstores:
Omnivore Books
Alley Cat Books
Adobe Books




About the Author

Sugar addict. Traveler. Ice cream lover. Writer.

Ice cream is my answer to everything. Rewards, consolations, and socializing are always good reasons to have a scoop of ice cream. From experimenting with ice cream flavors for regular ice cream socials to bringing visitors to ice cream shops across my hometown of San Francisco, I am on a journey to chronicle ice cream destinations across the world for an ice cream travel guide.

For many years, I designed products to delight and pleasantly surprise users of mobile phones and tablets. Like design, ice cream is a happiness business. Yet the question remained: Why is this frozen confection so popular with all ages? Why do people work in this business? And most importantly, does ice cream delight across all countries and cultures?


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