Did you know that July is national ice cream month?  I don’t know where or when these things get decided, but I’m pretty excited about it nonetheless.  Personally my love of ice cream, sorbet and other frozen treats knows no season.  I still make and eat ice cream in the dead of winter.  But if there is a month for celebrating ice cream then let’s celebrate it!  Just as I consider Helen of Tarlette the queen of macarons, I consider David Lebovitz the king (god?) of ice cream, etc.  I own a few ice cream cookbooks but The Perfect Scoop is without a doubt the bible of ice cream.

In honor of national ice cream month, I’ll be posting at least one ice cream-related treat each week.  The recipe for this pistachio gelato doesn’t actually come from The Perfect Scoop but rather from David’s fantastic blog.  Now I normally try to avoid recipes that call for specialty ingredients, but I also know that David only posts reliable recipes that will yield the best end result.  If he thinks pistachio cream is necessary for good homemade pistachio gelato, then I believe him.  You can read about his thoughts on creating this recipe here.  I didn’t really even try finding this locally as it surely would have been a fruitless search.  I ordered mine online.  The only thing to watch out for is that the size of jar I ordered was slightly less than the amount called for in the recipe.  It wasn’t a significant difference so I just made it with what I had and the result was wonderful, but next time I’ll order two jars at least.  Plus then I’ll have some left over for adding to buttercream and other things – this stuff is gooood.  (The differences between ice cream and gelato are best saved for another time and another post, but if you own The Perfect Scoop you can read David’s thoughts on the matter in the introduction.)

And the gelato?  Well, it’s good too.  Actually it’s much better than good.  I loved the thick, smooth texture and the pretty green color.  Even though it may seem to make a small quantity, it actually lasted about five or six nights of dessert in our house because a single scoop is so satisfying.  (I do not seem to have such restraint with coffee or chocolate ice cream.)

Now, on to the giveaway!  If by some sad turn of events you do not yet own a copy of this wonderful book, this could be your lucky day.  Four readers will win their own copy of The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me your absolute SINGLE favorite flavor of ice cream (homemade, store-bought, from an ice cream parlor, whatever!)

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only.  Commenting will close on Sunday, July 4 at 10:00 am, EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  Four winners will be chosen at random and announced next week.  Good luck!