Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques

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.



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


Format Hardcover
Pages 160
Author Shauna Sever
Photographer Leigh Beisch
Dimensions 8.7 x 8 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 978-1-59474-596-6
Country of Origin United States


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  1. Well Written and Loads of Info

    by Janice Biscoe on Jan 18, 2015

    This book is a history book, a cookbook, and one of the most informative books on Vanilla that I have read. Wonderful ways to use the "bean" and believe me, I will be trying as many of the recipes as I can!
  2. Finally Vanilla cookbook

    by Joshua Cooley on Jan 14, 2015

    Thrilled with the recipes and info about vanilla. I love vanilla even more than chocolate so this book is what I have searched for!
  3. Unique Gift

    by Mark Vandagriff on Jan 14, 2015

    Great gift for family members who like to bake.
  4. Excellent

    by Elizabeth on Dec 28, 2014

    I received this as a gift and love it! It contains a huge array of recipes I am dying to try. But I did have to order some vanilla bean paste and more fresh beans in order to try all this. The history of vanilla was also interesting but the recipes are to die for!
  5. Love It

    by Shannon on Nov 10, 2014

    I love vanilla and I love this book! Shauna has great recipes, and I've followed her blog for some time now (no, I don't know her). Easy recipes, beautiful pictures, and delicious results. What more can you ask for :)
  6. Loads of recipes and information

    by Wendy Huebner on Sep 8, 2014

    I enjoyed reading about the history of the vanilla bean. I never knew the bean comes from an orchids plant and it takes so much time in preparing the beans for use. Very interesting! I have yet to try any recipes but I plan on making vanilla bean sugar cookies this week.
  7. Cook book

    by Jessica Layden on Aug 9, 2014

    Also a great gift.
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