One of the unexpected - and few - perks of writing this blog is that I occasionally get offered a food-related book to review. If they sound like something I or my readers might be interested in, I accept.
The latest is Irresistible Ice Pops by Sunil Vijayakar.
With temperatures in the 90s this week, who wouldn't go for a frozen treat? But with a little effort, you can go well beyond the sugar-water pops sold at convenience stores everywhere, and make your own more creative, tastier, and varied pops of your own, in your home freezer.
This 80-page volume contains, by my count, 29 ice pop recipes, from simple fruit-based pops lto more exotic fare such as lime and chile sorbet, and cappuccino pops, to apple martini, pina colada, and other "adult" pops. Each recipe is accompanied by a full-page, full-color photo. A brief but thorough introduction provides tips on ingredients, equipment, and techniques, and there's a full index.
Given its focus, this may not be a must-have for every home kitchen bookshelf, but it's a modestly priced, fun book to thumb through, and a useful compendium of recipes for pops that will add some zing to your next cookout, or just a welcome addition to your freezer for the coming sultry days of summer.