Laura B. Weiss is an author, editor and journalist who writes about food, lifestyle and travel.
She’s a contributor to NPR’s Kitchen Window, a contributor to Interior Design’s web site, and the author of Ice Cream: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press 2011).
Laura’s work has appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, FoodNetwork.com, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, The New York Daily News, Interior Design, AOL Travel, Fineliving.com, Edible Brooklyn, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, Library Journal and Nation’s Restaurant News. Laura was also an editor of the Zagat Long Island Restaurant Guide 2009-2011. She’s served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. See Laura’s work here.
Laura was a reporter for CQ Weekly, where she covered Congress and national politics, a writer for TIME’s school edition and a director at AOL where she managed major news and entertainment brands, such as Teen People, PBS, and Cartoon Network.
My Book—Ice Cream: A Global History (Reaktion Books)
Why write a book about the history of ice cream? Because ice cream is just about my favorite food! So I wanted to know where it came from.
Ice Cream: A Global History will take you on a whirlwind trip through the history of ice cream from ancient China to modern-day Tokyo. You’ll hear the story of how this delicious indulgence became a global sensation. You’ll learn about Good Humor-loving World War II-era German diplomats, and sundaes with names such as “Over the Top” and “George Washington.”
The book is populated with an international cast of characters, including Chinese emperors, English kings, former slaves, women inventors, shrewd entrepreneurs, and gourmand American First Ladies. Today American brands dominate the world ice cream market, but vibrant dessert cultures like Italy’s continue to thrive, and new ones, like Japan’s, flourish through unique variations on the world’s favorite treat.
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