Pure Vanilla

Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques

About the Book

Poor Vanilla—her sexy sister Chocolate gets all the attention! But now Quirk is giving this unappreciated spice the complete makeover it deserves. Pure Vanilla is a gorgeous cookbook celebrating the world’s most heavenly and ambrosial flavor.

Chapters cover topics like:

  • Breakfasts: Buttery Baked Vanilla French Toast, Vanilla Candied Bacon, and Honey-Vanilla Granola Clusters
  • Cakes and Pies: Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes, Vanilla Cloud Cake, and Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Pie
  • Cookies and Bars: Vanilla Snaps, Big Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies, and Tuxedo-Crème Cookie Sandwiches
  • Candies and Confections: from Classic Vanilla Marshmallows to Vanilla Nougat Candy Bar Bites
  • Custards and Creams: Vanilla Panna Cotta, Classic Vanilla Pudding, and Nutty Vanilla Spread (aka Vanilla Nutella!)
  • Drinks like Vanilla Martinis, Vanilla Milkshakes, and Vanilla Mojitos

… and much, much more!

SHAUNA SEVER is the author of Marshmallow Madness! (Quirk, 2011). She writes the popular dessert blog Piece of Cake and is a host and reporter for food-related television, including “The Best of the Bay” for KRON4 in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Huffington Post Food, Working Mother, Food52, and more. She also runs Bake Sale Bakery, a dessert catering business in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and daughter

About the Author

Shauna Sever

Shauna Sever is the Next Door Baker. With her easy, fun, and accessible approach to baking and entertaining, she inspires both the pastry proficient and the baking-phobic to tie their apron strings and head into the kitchen. Whether it’s an easy savory tart for a weeknight supper, a birthday cake for the office, or a decadent dessert to impress friends at a dinner party, Shauna gives you the know-how to whip up simple, flavorful recipes that are good for the soul and that get people talking.

Shauna writes the popular dessert blog Piece of Cake, which was named one of the top 50 food blogs by Babble.com. Her first book Marshmallow Madness! was released in February 2012 by Quirk Books.

Before pursuing a career in the food biz, Shauna graduated with a degree in journalism from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After working as an investigative reporter, a television host, and a correspondent for the likes of Extra and TV Guide Network, Shauna decided to follow her sweet tooth into the world of baking and desserts. Soon after, she launched her blog and became a recipe writer for a Michelin-starred chef, continuing on as a TV host for food-related segments. 

Shauna’s work has been published and reviewed in O, Working Mother, Epicurious, Huffington Post Food,Food52, Bakerella, Serious Eats, and Chow.com. Shauna has been interviewed for the nationally syndicated radio programs “The Splendid Table” (American Public Media), “Here and Now” (National Public Radio), and Martha Stewart Radio’s “Morning Living” (Sirius XM).

When not writing, baking, or taking care of her husband and their little girl, Shauna can be found hunting for great pastries, kitchen gadgetry, and cookbooks and running the hills of San Francisco. 

Visit Shauna at www.shaunasever.com

Product Details

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781594745966
  • Dimensions: 7½ x 8½
  • Page Count: 180
  • Release Date: November 6, 2012

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