As I've been raving about for weeks now, The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz is the be-all and end-all of ice cream cookbooks. If you don't want to get hooked on making ice cream, do not pick up this book. It explains the ice cream process in a simple way that makes you feel like you can conquer everything from homemade cones to velvety chocolate ice cream. You can get the book for cheap on Amazon (like most books, let's be honest). The ice cream maker itself is the only real investment, and you can get those for cheap if you're not crazy like me. All you need to do is crack open this book and your views on ice cream will be changed forever. You'll be the next convert of Lebovitz into the world of homemade ice cream.