It all started in 2009, when Doug Quint and his partner Bryan Petroff left a comment on an SE post about his then-still-just-an-idea Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Whoa, we should investigate this one. So we did, and three years later, they now have an international following who crave Choinkwiches (ice cream sandwiches wrapped with bacon) and Salty Pimps (vanilla cones with salt and caramel, all dipped in chocolate) and now the latest, they're working on a cookbook to be published by Abrams and for sale in the spring of 2012.
"We're one truck in one location," said Quint, who doubles as a Julliard-trained bassoonist, and runs the business with Petroff. That means all the people who follow @BigGayIceCream from around the world, but can't get to Union Square, can finally experience the whimsical flavors at home.
Anyone who has been following their tweets might have seen this coming. All those test batches of ice cream? Ah, now it all makes sense. The cookbook will include toppings ideas (like their signature wasabi pea dust) and sauces (mmm, spicy cocoa) as well as simple ice cream recipes. "Even the hardest recipe in this book isn't that hard," said Quint.
The goal is to get more people making ice cream at home, not to freak them out, so they went with the easier eggless approach. "Making a custard base can scare people, so we went with eggless recipes. It's also cheaper when you don't need to use six eggs for one recipe," Quint said. The recipes are still high-quality, but they freeze harder, so the emphasis is on making smaller portions.
While the truck is limited to vanilla and chocolate soft-serve, Quint and Petroff are quite the flavor mad scientists at home. But they promise that nothing in this book will be too fancy or intimidating. Can we expect a Salty Pimp ice cream flavor? Oh, absotasticalutely. The book will also include ideas for shakes, floats, ice cream sandwiches, and sauces.
All of the photography for the book will be shot by Quentin Bacon, who's also worked on cookbooks for Mario Batali, Ina Garten, and other bigdeals. Translation: you'll want to lick the chocolate sauce off the pages. Stay tuned to find out when Bacon is shooting on the truck if you want to try and end up in background shots. Oh better yet, be a hand model! Quint and Petroff will let us know this month about the photo shoot.
Until then, New Yorkers can look forward to BGICT's return to the streets tomorrow afternoon at their usually spot on Broadway and 17th Street across from Union Square. They'll be at the Lucky Rice Night Market event on Wednesday. Check their tweets and website for updates.