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Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance
A BOOK REVIEW
I purchased a book several months ago and I have to be honest with my busy schedule and two small children, it takes me a while to complete a book but I eventually will read it in its entirety.
Since I was a child the scent of vanilla captivated me. It is a mild but rich scent that I have adored and I love vanilla in almost everything I use from pastries to fragrance and everything in between.
I was searching on amazon.com and came across a book that thought me a lot about my favorite scent and perhaps why I love it. The book is titled,"Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance" by Patricia Rain.
My search on the vanilla orchid is endless and I am always looking for new and previous information about it because it is surrounded by so much history from all parts of the world.
Patricia Rain elegantly and easily explains the history of vanilla and how the passion for this orchid is loved worldwide.
The history of vanilla in this book starts with the legend of "Totonac legend about Mesoamerican times" and it continues through the vibrant development of vanilla in Mexico.
Ms. Rain brings the history of vanilla up-to-date with how it affects our lives in pretty much everything that we use.
Vanilla:The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance enlightened me with the chapter about how the perfume industry spends billions of dollars to create its likeness in some of our most beloved scents.
So, if you are like me and love the scent of vanilla, please read this book. It will share important history about this most important orchid and why we love it so.
About the Author: Patricia Rain, Vanilla Queen, is an anthropologist, culinary historian, lecturer, vanilla broker, consultant and President of 'The Vanilla.COMpany (www.vanilla.com) who is based in central California.
Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance- Hardcover, New York; Tarcher/Penguin, 2004; 372 pages; ISBN# 1-58542-363-7; Retail Price $22.95 USA, $34.00 Canada
Note: Bio of Patricia Rain taken from the book "Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance"
Photo: Photo of book cover courtesy of www.goodbooksinthewoods.com , photo of Patricia Rain courtesy politics-palateeventbrite.com