The Ice Cream Theory

Non-Fiction - Self Help
282 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2010
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Author Biography

Despite a failed attempt at majoring in ice cream in college, Steff Deschenes is a self-taught ice-cream guru. After publishing the now twelve-time award-winning book "The Ice Cream Theory," she began exploring food on a more universal level. As a result, she spent 2010 photoblogging herself at dinner daily and the challenges of being a vegetarian in a predominantly seafood-oriented state.

Steff also writes two articles a week entitled “Maybe It’s Me” (personal essays and reflection on life and the living of it) and “Fact Is Better” (real life conversations she couldn’t make up if she tried); all of which can be found at She lives in Maine, is a marketing specialist, and is currently working on her second creative non-fiction book about her experience as an alcohol model.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

What flavor ice cream are you? Steff Deschenes compares human personalities to ice cream flavors. According to Deschenes, everyone falls into one of three categories: chocolate, vanilla or other flavors. She believes chocolates and vanillas should never fix. The exotic flavored people are handy when we feel daring but they are not something we’d want every day.

I prefer chocolate ice cream, especially, dark chocolate. Does that make my personality chocolate? Ummm, I’m not sure. Vanilla ice cream is good if you pour hot fudge sauce all over it.

What makes this book so good is the anecdotes. Deschenes shares memories, and more than a bit of herself. Her style is tongue-in-cheek, easy reading.

I love ice cream... chocolate, black walnut, butter pecan, toffee, chocolate, and, did I mention, chocolate. The cover naturally caught my attention. The text is well organized. The plot is well done. I would consider this book more of a memoir than a self-help, either way, it is worth reading.