I wandered into Borders yesterday, (heading straight to the cookbook section, as usual) and picked up a couple of books.
The first was Iced, which is a big book full of delicious looking ice-cream recipes, and great photos.
There are lots of exotic and classy flavours in here too - think black sesame, wasabi, sour cream and so on - things you could make for a posh dinner party.
The second book was Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. Interestingly, it seems that their ice-creams aren't based on a cooked crème anglaise, but just whipped eggs, sugar and cream, which you flavour and then freeze. At any rate, I'm sure the recipes will be good; I absolutely love Ben & Jerry's!
We don't have Ben & Jerry's ice-cream parlours in Australia, but you can get it in tubs at specialty stores. I have very fond memories, however, of Ben & Jerry's parlours in London, the US, and especially Amsterdam (on the Leidsestraat, a 5 minute walk from Leidseplein). Dozens of flavours, awesome cookies, and big soft cushions to sit on. Just a tip - when you hit a Ben & Jerry's yourself, I recommend that you skip all the fruity flavours and go straight for the creamy, chocolate, caramel, nut-filled, brownie, cookie-dough, crunchy ones. They are the shiz!
As for trying to recreate the Ben & Jerry experience at home, I'm looking forward to trying New York super fudge chunk, butter pecan, cherry Garcia, chocolate chip cookie dough, banana peanut buter, peanut butter fudge swirl, vanilla superfudge brownie...