This claim (as well as his introducing pasta to Italy) are questionable.
The ice creams we enjoy today are said to have been invented in Italy during the 17th century. "French-style" ice cream (made with egg yolks) and its American counterpart, "Philadelphia-style," are (no eggs, or egg whites only) enriched products made with the finest ingredients. Food historians tell us this type of ice cream originated in the 17th century and proliferated in the early 18th.
167) "The first ice creams, in the sense of an iced and flavoured confection made from full milk or cream, are thought to have been made in Italy and then in France in the 17th century, and to have been diffused from the French court to other European countries... Eales was a pioneer with few followers; ice cream recipes remained something of a rarity in English-language cookery books...
The first recorded English use of the term ice cream (also given as iced cream) was by Ashmore (1672), recording among dishes served at the Feast of St. As for America, Stallings observes that ice cream is recorded to have been served as early as 1744 (by the lady of Governor Blandon of Maryland, nee Barbara Jannsen, daughter of Lord Baltimore), but it does not appear to have been generally adopted until much later in the century.
George at Windsor in May 1671 One Plate of Ice Cream'. Although its adoption then owed much to French contacts in the period following the American Revolution, Americans shared 18th century England's tastes and the English preference for ice creams over water ices, and proceeded enthusiastically to make ice cream a national dish." ---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press: Oxford] 1999 (p.
392-3) "The first substantial piece of writing on ice cream was an anonymous 84-page manuscript entitled L'Art de faire des Glaces which, through watermarks in the paper, has been dated "circa 1700." It is a "how to" work of some sophistication, giving detailed instructions for the preparation of such delights as apricot, voilet, rose, chocolate, and a caramel ice creams and water ices.
by the time Hannah Glasse and Elizabeth Raffald were giving recipes for it in the mid-eighteenth century, it was evidently well established.
Among many startling statements in her famous Household Management of 1861--'the Italians with the exception of macaroni, have no specially characteristic article of food' is a fair example--was her suggestion that in the light of Catherine's great innovation in the matter of ice-creams she might be forgiven the massacre of St.
Bartholomew." ---Harvest of the Cold Months: The Social History of Ice and Ices, Elizabeth David [Viking: New York] 1994 (p.
Called The Art of Making Frozen Desserts, it is a 240-page offering by one M.
Emy, who not only gives formulas for "food fit for the gods," but offers theological and philosophical explanations for such phenomena as the freezing of water.
18-19) Recommended reading On the Web Ice Cream, International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream, University of Guelph Ice cream myths & legends No other food boasts offers more legends of discovery than ice cream. On the other hand, sometimes it's more interesting to embrace myths in context rather than deconstruct for scientific purpose.