A Century of Flavor Review and Giveaway


Win this cookbook! To find out how, keep reading.....



Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/whatever winter holiday you like to celebrate is almost here! I'm so excited to begin all our fun holiday traditions, like driving around and looking at all the beautifully-lit houses, baking cookies, wrapping presents and hanging stockings.

Over the holidays I give free rein to treats and goodies, so the house is always brimming with smells of cinnamon, apples, butter... and vanilla. I love using vanilla in my baking, and I always put in double the amount the recipe calls for. I have no idea whether it makes the recipe better or worse, but the smell is worth it. Mmmmmmm......... So when I was invited to review a cookbook that included vanilla in all the recipes, I was ready! The Nielsen-Massey vanilla company sent me a copy of their cookbook, A Century of Flavor. Here's what I thought of it:

The Basics
Here's what the publishers have to say about this cookbook:
The delightful aroma of the kitchen during the holidays – with smells of cinnamon, peppermint, chocolate and vanilla – is a scent that many associate with long lived memories. The holiday season is a perfect time to create flavorful memories with your family and loved ones. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas A Century of Flavor cookbook provides moms with a variety of holiday recipes. Vanilla Carmel Corn Crunch can be made with your young chef, while Creamy Vanilla Sweet Potatoes is a perfect side to your family’s main course. This vanilla-inspired cookbook, published by family-owned Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, celebrates the exciting nuances of one of America ’s most-loved and versatile ingredients – pure vanilla. It is filled with 50 of the most tantalizing recipes, highlighting the intricate, yet delicate flavors of pure vanilla and is written for the novice cook as well as the seasoned chef.


The Bongga
This ain't no plain vanilla cookbook! Gorgeous photos and an informative introductory section on vanilla make it almost like a coffee table book that you can leave out for guests to look at and enjoy while they're waiting for dinner to be served. The recipes are as fine and elegant as the Nielsen-Massey vanilla itself. Each recipe contains vanilla, in some dishes that I would never have thought of. Vanilla in eggplant parmigiana? In osso bucco? Sounds weird, but I tried making the eggplant, and it was delicious! I also love the section where noted chefs like Rick Bayless contribute their own recipes with vanilla in them.

The Blah
The recipes in this book are not for lazy cooks. And substituting other vanilla brands is not easy in some of the recipes that call for very specialized Nielsen-Massey ingredients, such as a vanilla bean pod or vanilla bean paste. Now that's something you can't grab at your local convenience store!

The Bottom Line
This cookbook has great some great ideas for holiday meals, and the vanilla in all of them makes them extra special. So crank up the holiday tunes, get cooking with your loved ones to create your next delectable holiday meal.



Win it!
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a copy of A Century of Flavor. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment here and tell me your favorite vanilla dish. Don't forget to leave an email address or some other way of contacting you.

For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following (please leave a separate comment for each extra entry):

1) Grab my button -- it's on the left hand sidebar, or click here to get it -- and post it on your blog! (leave a comment here with a link to your site).

2) Blog about this giveaway and include a link to the giveaway post (leave a comment here with a link to your post).

3) Tweet this giveaway (leave a comment with a link to your tweet). Here is a sample tweet you can copy and paste:

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Maximum of 4 entries per person. US mailing addresses only. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on December 12, 2009.; I will draw a winner at random on December 13 and post the winner's name on the comments section after the winner confirms acceptance . For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!


I received a complimentary copy in order to review this book, but no monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

40 Comments, Leave yours here:

suburban prep on November 25, 2009 at 5:49 PM said...

I make a zucchini bread which is really pretty good. It calls for 5 tablespoons of vanilla. It is simply delicious.

moushka on November 25, 2009 at 8:58 PM said...

Thinking of the holidays, I love Snowball cookies.

windycindy on November 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM said...

Happy Thanksgiving! My husband loves cookbooks and I get to enjoy his cooking/baking. My favorite vanilla recipe is homemade vanilla
ice cream!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy on November 25, 2009 at 10:11 PM said...

"Tweet!"
http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/6074156917.
Again, many thanks!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

mmc67 on November 25, 2009 at 10:56 PM said...

I love Vanilla Custurd

mmc67 on November 25, 2009 at 10:58 PM said...

posted on twitter http://twitter.com/mmc67/status/6074958967

judybrittle on November 26, 2009 at 6:10 PM said...

I really love vanilla cream pie with whipped cream on top. Very yummy! Thank you!
judybrittle at gmail dot com

judybrittle on November 26, 2009 at 6:10 PM said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/6099653777

mindy on November 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM said...

mandelbredt which calls for vanilla thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Nicole D. on December 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM said...

I make rum balls at Christmas that call for lots of vanilla. Delicious!

Minute on December 2, 2009 at 7:34 PM said...

vanilla ice cream

susan on December 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM said...

I like to make a vanilla cream cookie for the holidays.. It is so so good.

Amber on December 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM said...

Creme Brulee is my favorite vanilla dish!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Arla on December 6, 2009 at 10:16 AM said...

Banana Nut Bread!
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Rachel on December 6, 2009 at 9:05 PM said...

I love Vanilla Scones - especially the ones from Starbucks :)

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Grant on December 6, 2009 at 9:08 PM said...

Vanilla malted milkshakes are the best.

Sue on December 7, 2009 at 10:19 AM said...

Creme Brulee. YUM. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Fangirl Jen on December 7, 2009 at 1:18 PM said...

I'd have to vote for a caramel vanilla flan as my favorite vanilla dish. yum.

Fangirl Jen on December 7, 2009 at 1:19 PM said...

http://twitter.com/fangirljen/status/6442132269 TWEET

kams on December 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM said...

caramel vanilla flan - yum!

Sahm Lee on December 8, 2009 at 9:46 PM said...

Suet pudding with hard sauce. Thanks for the contest!
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Nickolay on December 9, 2009 at 10:26 AM said...

I am a fan of the classic vanilla pudding!

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Daniel M said...

ice cream on top of a brownie with fudge sauce, whipped cream and chopped walnuts, mmmmm - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Anonymous said...

Homemade vanilla ice cream from our ice cream maker!

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Smooshy on December 11, 2009 at 8:14 AM said...

i love vanilla pudding!

karen on December 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM said...

I love homemade vanilla ice cream.

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Joseph on December 12, 2009 at 1:03 AM said...

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Walnut Crust - delicious!

Aisling on December 12, 2009 at 2:28 AM said...

French Toast.

JAEMPRESS on December 12, 2009 at 4:17 AM said...

Try hot milk with a tip of vanilla and grated nutmeg.

packerfantimmy on December 12, 2009 at 8:42 AM said...

I LOVE Vanilla in my coffee and I also love it in my sweet potatoes and my peanut butter cookies and...this could go one forever.
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packerfantimmy on December 12, 2009 at 8:43 AM said...

I tweeted this... http://twitter.com/packerfantimmy/status/6603060563
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mail4rosey on December 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM said...

Vanilla Bean cake is my fave!
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chromiumman on December 12, 2009 at 3:46 PM said...

a good vanilla ice cream

Tamara on December 12, 2009 at 6:03 PM said...

Vanilla ice cream would be my favorite!

aMELANIE said...

Hmm. To be honest, I haven't had many vanilla dishes.. I love vanilla ice cream though, and vanilla in my coffee as someone before mentioned.


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ktgonyea on December 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM said...

I'd love to try a caramel vanilla flan.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

jillykat07 on December 12, 2009 at 8:48 PM said...

I am a fan of the vanilla milkshake :)

Jill Kathan
jillmsu@yahoo.com

Gianna on December 12, 2009 at 10:38 PM said...

Vanilla Poundcake with vanilla whipped cream :)

purango on December 12, 2009 at 11:43 PM said...

Vanilla Custard is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Bonggamom on December 15, 2009 at 9:31 AM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner: #35, aMELANIE!

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