by Shauna Sever
Reviewed by Sue Jones
I received the Pure Vanilla recipe book written by Shauna Sever for review and was surprised and delighted with some of the suggestions it gave.
A hard back book with useful conversion charts inside the front and back covers it offered a brief and interesting potted history of vanilla plus a useful questions and answer section with information that was good to know. The book is then broken down into chapters which included what I expected, cakes, cookies and sweets but also a few I wasn’t expecting such as breakfasts and drinks. I always like to see what the finished recipe should look like so the photography provided was very good and the overall look of the book was very inviting.
I thought I would try one of the recipes and opted for the Vanilla Cream Pie. The ingredients were either ones that I already had in my cupboard or were very easy to source and I managed to find everything I needed at my local supermarket. The instructions were easy to follow although I did need to use the conversion charts for all the weights and measures but the finished pie was very like the picture and tasted amazing even though I am not the best cook in the world! Definitely a recipe I would use again and I am looking forward to trying more.
This recipe book is very American in its nature and language but if you are looking for a gift for someone with some different recipe ideas or you love the idea of all things Vanilla this could be just what you are looking for.
Pure Vanilla is available to buy from Amazon here.