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I just bought a new Cuisinart ICE 100 and I have been buying books and trying recipes for ice cream and gelato. When I saw that Rose's Ice Cream Bliss was coming out, I ordered a copy. I wanted to love her book, because I have a couple of her cookbooks that I do love. I can't give her book a five star because I do not believe it deserves 5 stars. First I read the book before I attempted to try any of her recipes. Next I ordered her silicone spatula, glucose, and even Cremodan 30 (which cost 40 dollars) so I would be ready to make the ice cream. Let me tell you what happened in the first few tries. True Coconut Ice Cream was not sweet at all, had a great taste, but not sweet. Maybe it was because I should have bought sweetened cream of coconut, but I think if that was the case, then it should have said, "sweetened". The Sublime Banana Ice Cream was delicious, but it took several days for 3 1/2 cups. It was the best and I am making it again today, but I will be making 2 batches. That recipe was worth the cost of the book. I made raspberry, Thorn Berry Ice Cream, this time I used the Cremodan 30 in the base, only 2.5 grams, but it changed the texture of the ice cream, and I did cook the base to over 180. This was to prevent iciness and to hold it longer than 3 days. I have not had any iciness, even with the recipes from other books. With only 3 1/2 cups it is not going to last 3 days in the freezer. I don't think she should have even mentioned the commercial stabilizer, I am disappointed that only one of my 3 tries came out perfect. It is a beautiful book and I would buy it again for the banana recipe, but know there are cookbooks that also have excellent recipes that don't take 3 days to make.