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Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques by [Sever, Shauna]
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“…snappily written homage to the underrated flavor…”—7x7 Magazine

“If only you could lick the pages of this slim, one-subject volume.”—Tampa Bay Times 

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Who says vanilla isn’t sexy? Harvested from the pods of beautiful and exotic orchids, vanilla is a delicious flavor enjoyed by people all over the world. Pure Vanilla celebrates its unique taste with a stunning array of recipes, from cakes and cookies to custards and creams. Indulge in Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts, Vanilla Cloud Cake, and Vanilla Bean Meringue Kisses and Sea Salt Caramels. Cozy up with a bowl of Warm Vanilla Rice Pudding or a steaming mug of Malted White Hot Chocolate. Spread Golden Pear Vanilla Jam on your breakfast pastries or serve up a bowl of the world’s most popular ice cream flavor—all made from scratch
With a complete history of vanilla from orchid to extract, Pure Vanilla provides the origins and tasting notes for all of today’s varieties—plus 80 recipes and dozens of photographs. Also included are recipes for Homemade Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Sugar, and Vanilla-Infused Liquors. So step aside, chocolate! It’s time for Pure Vanilla.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12995 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (June 18 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGHRE18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
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This book is definitely more than just recipes, though the recipes are great as well! She takes you on a vanilla adventure explaining about some of the history of the spice and the different varieties and what they pair with.

The recipes are solid, I have tried the butter cream so far and it was a good one, I will be trying the oatmeal cookies and the twinke bundt cake soon (how awesome does that sound?)
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The recipes I have made from this book turn out wonderfully. Full of well balanced flavour. A pleasure to be inspired by this book.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c5fea0) out of 5 stars Pure Vanilla. Pure Inspiration Oct. 23 2012
By Culinary_Cam - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I will never underestimate the magic of vanilla again. We use the term 'vanilla' derogatorily, to mean plain, boring, ordinary. How completely misguided! Having spent the last week scraping the caviar out of the beans, infusing syrups, steeping pods, and immersing vanilla in salts and sugars, I see vanilla for the complex, exotic, and intriguing ingredient that it is. And, as Shauna writes, "It's high time to catapult this delicious ingredient into the superstar stratosphere where she so deserves to be!"

Before launching into her original recipes, Shauna encapsulates an almost 400-year history of the vanilla bean into nine points, taking the reader from the Aztecs conquering the Totonac Indians of Mexico in 1519 to Thomas Jefferson, then the U.S. ambassador to France, carrying a bundle of beans home to Monticello in 1789. In 1841 the 12-year-old son of a slave devised a way of hand-pollinating vanilla orchids; his process is still employed today.

She details the various forms of vanilla - yes, you can get it in more than just beans and extracts - provides tasting notes, and fields FAQs: Why is vanilla so expensive? How do I store vanilla? And what is French vanilla?

Her writing is accessible, her directions clear, and her recipes inspiring. I find this book to be pure inspiration. I'm looking forward to trying her Tangy Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta and will certainly be toasting with a Vanilla Martini at some time in the near future.

If you want to learn more about vanilla and get inspired in the kitchen, check out Shauna Sever's Pure Vanilla. It's truly delicious!
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa262e300) out of 5 stars Vanilla Heaven Oct. 16 2012
By P. Woodland - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that celebrates chocolate's alter-ego. As I have grown older I have come to appreciate the taste of vanilla. Good vanilla. In fact, I keep vanilla beans in my freezer so I always have them on hand. I make my own vanilla extract because it's cheaper and far, far better than the stuff you buy in the store. The only thing this book used that I didn't have on hand was vanilla paste and you can bet your last bean that I'm going to buy some the next time I place my big flour order. I am very intrigued...

For bakers that don't have a ready supply of beans on hand there is a conversion chart so you can still indulge in the delicious recipes using pure vanilla extract which is readily available in stores. Please, PLEASE use PURE extract. The artificial stuff will just ruin a good recipe and when your treat is all about the vanilla you want the flavor to be true. It is worth the money to buy as good as you can afford so that your baked goods sing with real vanilla flavor.

The book is broken down into sensible chapters with recipes therein using all of the vanilla products. Ms. Sever first explains vanilla, its origins and the reasonings behind using each vanilla enhancement. The recipes are well thought out and easy to follow. I can see myself turning to this book over and over again for baked goods to complement chocolate offerings on dessert buffets. It's a great book to add to a baker's cookbook library.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a7757c) out of 5 stars Pure Yum!! March 19 2013
By Austen Fan - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2875894) out of 5 stars Sorry to disagree, but...... Nov. 2 2014
By djp - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As everyone can see, I purchased this book ("verified Purchase"), and while I see that it does not seem to be a very popular opinion, I was unimpressed with it. For me personally, I buy a cookbook for recipes ONLY. I'm an avid reader but I don't buy cookbooks for their literary value or how cute the pictures are or how wonderful or interesting the author is or how fabulous the recipes look (a large number of the positive reviews seem to focus on these things). I buy them solely and exclusively for the quality of the recipes. This is just me and what I like (although I believe im not alone in this regard). I tried three different and varied recipes from this book. It is not, as cook books go, a large book, so I believe that three recipes would clearly give me an idea if the recipes met my taste. I found all three recipes to be on the bland side, one of the three had an unusual texture and none were rich in flavor or even flavorful. For me (and this is just me) vanilla alone simply doesn't carry the flavor in these recipe's. I must admit though that I have had a few vanilla-alone baked goods in my life that were outstanding, however, the three items in this book I tried did not replicate those experiences. Another reason I purchased this book because of all the positive reviews but frankly the recipes don't taste half as good as the pictures would lead you to believe. This is a wonderful coffee table book, but if your looking for outstanding vanilla recipes ...look elsewhere. For those who disagree.... enjoy the book and happy baking.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2885b1c) out of 5 stars Giving vanilla its due! Dec 20 2013
By Hello Happy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I’ve always felt a bit bad for vanilla. Just because it plays well with other flavors doesn’t mean it doesn’t have complexity in and of itself. Pure Vanilla shines the spotlight on it with recipes from the simple Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding to the more challenging Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts. I was most tempted by her Vanilla Cloud Cake, and it turned out as light and dreamy as its name implies. The book also explains everything you need to know about vanilla, including information on different varieties, the history of the spice, and even how-tos on making vanilla extract and other things you never knew could be homemade. If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with vanilla, I think that Pure Vanilla is the best cookbook for the job.