Jeni Britton Bauer's new recipe book aims to put the power of her delicious treats in your hands. In "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts," she presents more than 100 recipes that you can adapt in whatever way you want (Jeni calls this "freestyling" in the book). Everything from ice creams (with or without dairy!) to custards, cakes to cast-iron pancakes, and crunchy Gravel toppings to gooey sauces, are included. We spoke recently about a few of her favorite things.
Jeni Britton Bauerís new recipe book aims to put the power of her delicious treats in your hands. In ďJeniís Splendid Ice Cream Desserts,Ē she presents more than 100 recipes that you can adapt in whatever way you want (Jeni calls this ďfreestylingĒ in the book). Everything from ice creams (with or without dairy!) to custards, cakes to cast-iron pancakes, and crunchy Gravel toppings to gooey sauces, are included. We spoke recently about a few of her favorite things.
Ruby Wing Glitter Color-Changing Nail Polish
Itís super gold [when Iím] inside, but when I get out in the sun, itís bright red. It completely changes, and every time it does, it shocks me. I will always say something about [the nail polish] if Iím with somebody. Iíll always point it out, no matter who it is. If Iím walking with the mayor, Iíll be like, ďYou have to look at this.Ē I love it.
ďFancyĒ by Iggy Azalea
I probably listened to that song 50 times before I came here. When I like a song, I listen to it ítil itís dead. It depends on the song, sometimes it can stick around for a year. I had one year ó I mean a whole year, and Iím not exaggerating ó I listened to only Foreigner. I love pop music, whether itís pop-rock, pop-country, pop-pop. I love it because itís so forward and strong and energetic. And I needed that today. A lot of times Iíll be writing and I get stuck. I need something to just pull me out of that, and thatís the kind of song that does that.
Rye croissants with marmalade at Pistacia Vera
I wake up sometimes just thinking about those. It has caraway seeds on top of it, which is my favorite ingredient. I could toast a bag of caraway and take it to the movies and eat it. The Pistacia Vera rye croissant, the carawayís on top, and their marmalade is just perfect. It goes so perfectly together. If youíve not had one, you should get one. Youíll feel very civilized, but in a Midwestern way.
Daniel Clowes at the Wex
I didnít know about him ítil now, but thatís the Wexner Center. Even when William Wegman was here, I thought, ďOh, how pedestrian. I donít need to go see more pictures of dogs.Ē But Ö I was blown away. William Wegman is now on my top 10 list of artists because of these postcard things he did. I had no idea. And every time you go to the Wexner Center you learn so much about something you have no idea about, or even if you think you know you learn so much. I think I absorbed, on first viewing, the colors [Clowes uses]. I was motivated by that. Iím getting into summer, and Iím doing this whole collection of the Midwest, and I was really looking at his colors, how they pop each other out.
Rose in a clay carafe
I was in New York this week, and it was warm and I had rose in a clay carafe. I love rose in the summer. Iím a cheap wine drinker. When it turns summer, I really love it even more. They gave me this clay pitcher of rose, and I felt like I was in absolute heaven. It felt like I could have been sitting in ancient Rome. It made me want to go out and find a clay pitcher for wine, because I feel like it probably keeps the wine cold outside.