Monday, December 6, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: The Ice Cream Theory by Steff Deschenes

The Ice Cream TheoryThe Ice Cream Theory by Steff Deschenes
Publisher: Book Surge Publishing
Release: July 14, 2009
Paperback, 282 pages

My Review:
Why I read this:  The author contacted me to see if I was interested in reading her book and being a part of her blog tour.  I have to say I love ice cream and was intrigued by the premise of the book.  I don't read much non-fiction, but thought I would give this one a go.

My thoughts: I tweeted this last night, but you absolutely cannot start this book without some form of ice cream in the house.  Let that be my serious warning to you.  No it doesn't matter that the northern hemisphere is quickly approaching winter and we even got snow flurries/sleet on the coast of NC last night (that doesn't happen often), you will want ice cream while reading this book.

Okay, how fun can a book that relates people to ice cream be.  Just from that simple statement it sounds fun right?  I know I thought so and I was right.  I laughed through this book. Ms. Deschenes has a wonderful sense of humor, and she uses it every chance she gets as she tells the story of different people in her life and how they relate to certain kinds of ice cream.  She uses all sorts of humor and the book is just genuine fun.  

I really am not a big non-fiction person but this book read really fast for me - the humor moved it forward and I loved seeing how each type of ice cream was represented by a different type of person.  Her insights are interesting and I know I will remember them as I go through life.  I know for sure I won't look at ice cream or people the same again.    

So go run out and grab this book, you won't regret it, in fact it will probably cheer you up, give you some insight into human nature and even give you cravings for that ice cream you use to love but haven't had in years.  Come read and enjoy Ms. Deschenes' insights, I don't think you will regret it.

My Rating:  4.75/5.0

About the Book:

The award-winning book, The Ice Cream Theory, is ice-cream guru Steff Deschenes's charming exploration of the parallels between human personalities and ice-cream flavors, a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the variety inherent in a well-lived life.  The Theory was hatched when Deschenes was trying to make sense of her first heartbreak.  In the midst of that grief, she realized that, in the same way humans have ice-cream preferences, humans have people preferences. Like ice cream flavors, social preferences shift based on age, experience, even mood. There are exotic flavors that one craves when feeling daring, comforting flavors to fall back on, flavors long-enjoyed that eventually wear out their welcome, and those unique flavors that require an acquired taste. Like people, no ice cream flavor is perfect every single time . . . and it is in this realization that the crux of Deschenes's theory lies.  Deschenes neatly brings together anecdotes from her own adventures with broader-reaching social commentary to help others recognize the wisdom and joy inherent in a beloved dessert.  With its cheeky self-help slant, The Ice Cream Theory is an endearing and light-hearted addition to any bookshelf.  It's a must read for anyone bruised by life's tough lessons and in need of a cheerful pick me up!
About the Author:
Despite a failed attempt at majoring in ice cream in college, Steff Deschenes is a self-taught ice-cream maker. She has researched her craft all over the world, and believes that the ice cream found at home is the best there is. In addition to researching her food theories, she enjoys traveling and playing the guitar. She lives in Maine with her bunny, Boone, and is diligently researching her next book, The Burrito Theory.
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Giveaway: The author has generously offered to give away 1 copy of The Ice Cream Theory to one of my blog readers.  We'll keep it simple again today since it's the busy holiday season.  Just leave a comment with your email address and you are entered.  Open to US/Canada only.  Open through 12/13/10.

FTC Information: I received this book from the author for review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.