• Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Vanilla

    12 days ago - By Eater

    Sophia Pappas
    The world of vanilla products is as rich as it is potentially confusing. Here's how to navigate it. Vanilla, as a concept, suffers a bad rep: The word alone implies something safe at best, and boring at worst. Basic, basically. But vanilla as an ingredient is a wondrous thing, ambrosial, floral, warm, and sophisticated. In truth, the essence of vanilla is anything but plain.
    “It's an essential ingredient, adding not just flavor, but also body and soul into a dish,” says Francis Ang, a San Francisco-based pastry chef and owner of the pop-up Pinoy Heritage. Vanilla is, of...
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