Sweet Spot

  • by Amy Ettinger
  • Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A journalist channels her ice cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America.
For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year - frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family.
Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream's evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America's early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice cream makers and the turf wars among ice cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what's really behind America's favorite frozen treats.
Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can't get enough of - one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.
Includes bonus PDF with recipes.


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Customer Reviews

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Left me Cold

I was hoping for an ice cream adventure but this was a memoir by a mean girl. Too much about her own experience which was much ado about nothing. She clearly didn't take off her sunglasses when she visited Milwaukee or she would have discovered more beauty and great ice cream in addition to the custard. Her superficial presentation of my own foodie backyard made me doubt her analysis of others. Also, narrators need to know how to pronounce people's names. Bud Selig was the Commissioner of Baseball! His name is pronounced like see not sell. Even Gilles Custard was mispronounced. If you want an ice cream adventure talk to local foodies and leave this book on the shelf.
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- Mary C.

What a treat!

Very much enjoyed this book. Amy's journey for ice cream was both refreshing and insightful. I was pleasantly surprised by the numerous historical additions she wonderfully incorporated in her story telling.

I'm looking forward to making some small journeys with my family to try out some of the spots she visited. Thank you Amy for perusing your passion for all things ice cream and for sharing!
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- Kendra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio