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Why Is There Ice Cream on These Books?

A scoop of chocolate milk and cookies ice cream sits atop a cone from Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, New York. Instead of being held and enjoyed, it is tucked oh-so-carefully behind the band of The Thing The Book

The book is photographed on a bright yellow background, casting a dramatic shadow. Exactly three drops of melted ice cream have splashed below. It is just another day in the life of Ice Cream Books.

Ice Cream Books

Ice Cream Books pairs great reads with frozen delights, and shares the resulting photos on their bright grid of an Instagram.

“But…but why?” you ask.

“They just do,” we answer, calmly. “They just do.”

We, too, were once like you—confused while simultaneously delighted, with a side of concerned. So we decided to ask the mysterious literary- and dairy-obsessed folks behind Ice Cream Books (they choose to remain anonymous) about why they do what they do.


Q: Ice cream plus books. When was this idea born, and why?

A: Our two favorite things are books and ice cream. We were surprised no one had put them together before, and at the start of summer 2016 we decided to fill the void.

Big Bear Little Chair

Pictured: Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd, topped with with big and little cones of Haagen Daz Vanilla Bean

Q: Each pairing has a connection—what have been some of your favorite pairings?

A: A cone under the cover of Peter Mendelsund’s Cover. Ice cream wheels on Daniel Raeburn’s (extremely moving memoir) Vessels. Four stories of espresso chip on Virginia Savage McAlester’s A Field Guide to American HousesA half gallon of vanilla on Tiffany McDaniel’s excellently titled The Summer That Melted Everything.

Q: Have you faced any negative reactions to the photos? The book community is a protective one, and ice cream is messy.

A: We take all our photos outside on the street in direct sun. People walking by worry for the ice cream, people on Instagram worry for the books.

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk
Pictured: Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa and illustrated by Martha Rich, topped with two scoops of black raspberry and rainbow sherbet from from Yummy Nantucket


Q: What happens to the books once they get ice creamed? And what about the ice cream?

A: Luckily most book jackets and covers are ice cream resistant. Once we have our photo we eat what we can, save the rest, clean the book, and put it back on the shelf.

The Box

Pictured: The Box by Brian McMullen, topped with a cube of Breyers Deliciously Rich & Creamy Fat Free Vanilla in a cone


Q: What does one do during the winter?

A: We eat ice cream all year long!

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So there you have it—a love of books, ice cream, and the thrill of finding the perfect pairing. It’s as simple as that.

You can follow Ice Cream Books and all of their hijinks on Instagram: @ice_cream_books.

Ice Cream Books

What do you think about this? Certified eye candy, or an absolute horror? Comment below with your verdict.

All photos courtesy of Ice Cream Books

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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1 Comment

  • Rebecca LeFevre May 20, 2017 at 6:32 am

    This makes me smile! But, it also makes me want to eat ice cream, and now I have to fight that urge…


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