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Cookbook Review: A Century of Flavor

Updated on March 12, 2011
Vanilla Beans
Vanilla Beans

Vanilla is one of the most important staples for any true cooking aficionado's kitchen. Cooking enthusiasts know that the quality of vanilla used to prepare recipes – whether you are baking, preparing a sauce, or making any other recipe that gets its flavor from this delicious extract. That's why A Century of Flavor, a wonderful cookbook published by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc., is such a great addition to the cookbook collection of anyone who enjoys creating and eating tasty recipes made with the finest ingredients.

About A Century of Flavor

Published in 2007, A Century of Flavor was written in honor of the centennial anniversary of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. The book is attractive enough to display with the finest cookbook collections – or even as a coffee table book – but it's also a practical and useful guide to preparing wonderful dishes flavored with the rich and delicious flavor of pure vanilla extract.

The book opens with a number of testimonials from renowned professional chefs about the quality of the extracts produced by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. It also provides a number of tips that anyone who is interested in learning more about how to cook with vanilla will be interested in learning. For example, readers will learn the best way to store pure extracts (room temperature, away from direct exposure to sunlight, and in an airtight container) and other information about storing, using, and measuring vanilla and other flavoring agents.

The recipes in Century of Flavor are well written and easy to follow. The meals prepared using the recipes in this cookbook will taste as if they're prepared by a skilled culinary professional or hobbyist, but can really be prepared by anyone with an interest in cooking. You're sure to wow your friends and family members when you serve these wonderful dishes flavored with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

Recipe Examples

Even though many people associate vanilla with baking, the extract can actually be used to flavor many different types of dishes. Some of the wonderful recipes you'll be able to try when you read Century of Flavor include:

  • Carrots with Lemon Dill Butter
  • Creamy Vanilla Sweet Potatoes
  • Filet Mignon with Vanilla Wine Sauce
  • Fresh Basil-Tomato Soup with Vanilla
  • Poached Pears with Vanilla Cream
  • Salmon with Vanilla Balsamic Marinade
  • Vanilla Apple Pudding
  • Vanilla Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Vanilla Lobster Supreme with Pasta

About Nielsen-Massey Vanilla

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla is widely recognized as the finest pure vanilla extract available anywhere in the world. The company is family owned and operated and has been specializing in vanilla since 1907. Using only the finest vanilla beans and utilizing a proprietary extraction process, the company's efforts and dedication to quality have certainly not gone unnoticed, with the company earning a Superior rating from the American Institute of Baking for many years.


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