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The photos are pure decadence and so are the recipes. But there is much more to this book. I really loved reading about and learning more about vanilla. Not only did I learn about the history in a succinct and interesting way but I also learned about proper (and easy) techniques for using vanilla.
I was truly amazed at how versatile vanilla is and have been trying some of these unique recipes (all with positive results so far). I also love that Sever provides sources for some of the various types of vanilla (yes, there are several different types with different characteristics) so I could order some. And I will never buy the fake vanilla in the stores ever again: nice aromatic vanilla beans and vanilla paste are amazing. But Sever also discusses the different extracts and offers suggestions for types of recipes certain vanillas are ideally suited for.
Her book is much better organized than my summary. If you enjoy making things in the kitchen, you’ll love this book for showing you new ways to use vanilla.
I'm going to order one or two more of these books and use them as hostess gifts.
That would be me. Perhaps there was some childhood trauma involving chocolate, but I am a die hard vanilla lover. I recommend this book to any cook out there who has not experienced the deliciousness of all things vanilla. The recipes are to die for! The only reason this wonderful book is missing the 5th star is because it is lacking my favorite kind of vanilla recipe - a simple pudding. Let's face it. Making vanilla pudding from scratch is heavenly AND I am the only one in the household who eats it! Haha! A dessert just for me!
I am a chocolate lover, but, decided to expand my horizons- and actually am looking forward to trying more of these recipes (as well as the vanilla martini!). I did make the vanilla biscotti, which were pretty good (and they lasted about a 1 and a 1/2 days - boys!!). I still prefer chocolate - this didn't completely convert me at all, but nice book to have in my baking library - and I love baking. Good alternative to always baking chocolate things.