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Seriously, if I was not married and in love with my husband, I would be stalking David Lebovitz. I can just imagine it now, him creating and making all of my favorite ice creams while I eat them all happily. Granted, I don’t know anything about David except through this cookbook, but I can imagine that all a relationship needs to succeed is ice cream. I am easy to please, after all.

I made my second recipe this week. I haven’t even had the book a week yet, but I have already tried 2 of them!! (And the ice cream maker is in the freezer awaiting recipe number 3….) I wanted to try a sorbet because I have never made one at home before. I decided on the Mango Sorbet because I had 2 mangoes that were almost past their prime sitting on my counter begging to be used. Confession time – I have never used fresh mangoes in any of my cooking. I have always been frightened by all of the online tutorials, teaching how to cut a mango the “right” way. It’s all a little daunting, knowing that you can’t just slice into it. But truth be told, it was a lot easier than I anticipated. And fun, too, as I was able to squeeze the mango pit with my hands to release all of the juice and pulp into the blender (and lick my hands clean afterwards!!) This recipe is so easy – I can’t imagine anyone having problems with it. I didn’t add the rum that was called for, but used a generous amount of lime juice. (I am trying to use as much citrus as I can right now – I have heard that citrus prices will be skyrocketing soon because of unfavorable weather conditions.) This was very delicious, nice and smooth with a great tang of lime. I also didn’t feel as guilty about eating it, as there is no cream, just a bit of sugar. Ohhh, what to try next???

OK, now a moral dilemma that I have been going over in my head. I started this blog originally as a way to keep track of recipes I have tried and their results. I can’t tell you how many recipes I have come across in my collection that I either can’t remember if I have ever tried it, or I couldn’t remember if I liked it or changed anything. I figured this would be a lot more fun than writing it out on all of my recipes. Also, I started it as a way to share recipes with my family and friends. I have people asking me for a recipe for this or that all of the time, and this just makes it a little easier than emailing a recipe when someone wants it. But I have been thinking a lot about copyright issues lately. Is it ok to post a recipe from a cookbook as long as the author is credited? I have no problem giving out recipes that can be found elsewhere online, but I would hate to offend the cookbook authors (not that any of them read my little blog!!) And truth be told, if I hadn’t read about David, (or Dorie for that matter) on other people’s blogs, I would have never known about them and purchased their cookbooks. And most of Giada’s recipes are on the Food Network’s website, but I still buy the cookbooks because I like having cookbooks and supporting the chefs/cooks I enjoy. So, let me know your opinions. I will continue to post the recipes for the time being, but that might change if I start to feel really guilty or think that I am offending anyone (or breaking any laws.)

Mango Sorbet
from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

Makes 1 Quart

2 large, ripe mangoes
2/3 c sugar
2/3 c water
4 t freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
1 T dark rum (I left this out)
pinch of salt

Peel the mangoes and cut the flesh away from the pit. Cut the flesh into chunks and put them in a blender with the sugar, water, lime juice, rum, and salt. Squeeze the mango pits hard over the blender to extract as much of the pulp and juice as possible. Puree the mixture until smooth. Taste, then add more lime juice or rum if desired. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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16 Responses to Mango Sorbet

  1. Andrea says:

    First of all, YUM! I love mango-lime anything. And you are quick off the mark. I’ve had David’s book for a couple weeks and haven’t had a chance to tackle anything in it yet. But I’m thinking this weekend would be a good time…

    As for the copyright issues, are you a member of Food Blog S’cool? This issue has been discussed at length in that forum, so check out the archives for more info.

  2. Kelly-Jane says:

    Oh boy does that sorbet look wonderful! David is such a funny writer :)

    I wonder about the copywright rules too, I always credit the author and hope this is enough!

  3. Shawnda says:

    Great choice on the sorbet!

    This book just came in the mail a few days ago. I’m wringing my hands trying to figure out where to start :)

  4. Elise says:

    If you want to marry David, you’ll have to get in line with the rest of us.


  5. Lis says:

    Wow that looks heavenly. I love mangos :D

    As for copyright laws, I really don’t know either *blush* I do the same as you.. I always include the author, regardless of where I find a recipe, but I have no idea if it’s enough or not either. Will do some research and let you know what I find. =)


  6. veron says:

    Mangoes are my favorite fruit and I’ll have them in any form .YUM!

  7. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    I love mango and I love ice cream, so for me this sounds perfect, I had some amazing mango sorbetto a few weeks ago and I am still dreaming about it…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Whoa…. your sorbet looks fantastic. I so have to get my hands on his book!

    Ari (Baking and Books)

  9. Sara says:

    have you seen his brownie recipes? i can’t stop drooling.

  10. Brilynn says:

    I think all I need is ice cream too!

  11. Holler says:

    Hi, The sorbet looks sumptous! Could you tell me what the abbreviations mean, I am guessing c is cup!

  12. sher says:

    OK, if you want help stalking him, let me know. I think we could turn that into a nice field trip! Gosh, that picture is so seductive. My taste buds are going crazy!

  13. Freya and Paul says:

    Mango Sorbet is my absolute favourite! And it is so easy to make!
    The copyright issue has been discussed at length online but I think the general consensus is that there is no law against using and replicating a recipe providing due credit is given to the original source. After all, many recipes just come from folklore and have merely been adapted by chefs who put their names to them.

  14. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I really need to buy an ice cream maker – what a wonderful sorbet, Deborah! I like its vibrant color, too.

  15. Kristen says:

    That looks amazing! I need to get that book soon.

  16. Hi Deborah,

    I know this discussion is ancient history, but for anyone who might still be wondering, a list of ingredients is not copyrightable, but the description, the how-to part of a recipe, is. I like to credit the source I learned a recipe from whether I technically need to or not, and you did that above.

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