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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.
Tiene muchas recetas, bastantes fotografías (aunque menos de las que me gustaría), es un libro muy completo para los amantes de la vainilla, recetas muy variadas, desde cupcakes hasta caramelos o marshmallows.
I'm a vanilla fan obviously. I was disappointed at how many recipes used white chocolate. I love reading cookbooks and beyond the intro I didn't find the accompanying stories very interesting (examples: the authors husband thinks creamer in coffee is girly and the author likes popcorn popped in oil versus air popped). Sources listed for specialty vanilla should have been interesting but so many were out of stock so I will have a hard time trying the more unique recipes. There were a lot of typical vanilla recipes that just called for 2-3 times the average recipe.
Twinkie Bundt Cake is the only reason you need to buy this book until you try Vanilla Cloud Cake and Triple Vanilla Pound Cake, Big soft frosted vanilla Sugar Cookies, salted vanilla chip cookies.Okay so you get the picture; I am working my way through the baking chapters and I haven't found a thing to complain about. The recipes are easy to reproduce and the results are flawless. This is a well writen and informative source on everything you ever wanted to know about vanilla. Thank you Matt from Baked Bakery for the recommendation.
I am now an expert on Vanilla> In one night I have made Vanilla Syrup, and also Vanilla Sugar. Now I like Vanilla Mousse better than the Chocolate!!!! Which is a surprise for sure!!! This book will give you a comprehensive education of this spice!!! History, cultivation, process it goes through from pollination to curing and storing of the beans. And so many delicious receipies I will be busy for quite some time!!!! I found this book and author because of her other book on marshmallow's!!! It is also just as good!!!
Pure Vanilla is truly a cookbook most will want in their collection. I have this fine book on my shelf. It has many offerings to tempt the cook into trying so many different recipes just for the joy of cooking. It even tells the difference between the many kinds of vanilla available on the market from the standard ones on the shelf your mother used, to use to the more pricey offerings. The pictures are wonderful. I don't know many who wouldn't want this book for themselves or as a gift to their favorite cooking companion. Nothing beats the great food that is made from scratch in my opinion. I'm sure it won't disappoint in any way. It's worth the money...truly.