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Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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“I thought I had to go to Paris to find these luscious confections, but now I have them in my own kitchen. Thank you Kathryn and Anne for sharing the technique and demystifying the method! With these detailed recipes and clear explanations, we can all create dazzling French macarons in every imaginable flavor. A must for serious bakers.”
“Kathryn and Anne have put together a great collection of Parisian macarons, today’s top must-have sweet indulgence.”
Anil Rohira, World Pastry Champion
"This is a wonderful book on a on a mouth watering delicacy - macrons. I am amazed, impressed and educated with your contribution, research, diversity and skills. I enjoyed the simplicity and the depth of information in the book. Well done Kathryn."
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Top Customer Reviews
I love macarons,and I have purchased several books on the subject, but this one is by far the best. Although it has several amazing recipes (such as the key lime with marshmallow fluff -- YUM!), it also offer endless variations on shells and fillings. Fillings include ice milks for frozen treats, jams and pate de fruit, ganache, and buttercream. Shells include variations in nuts, flavors, and colors -- even savory recipes such as a maple bacon bourbon filling. You are limited only by your own imagination in flavor combinations. And BONUS -- you get really wonderful recipes that are excellent all on their own for jams, ice milks, and buttercream.
The troubleshooting chapter at the end of the book, complete with thumbnail visuals, is especially helpful. I spotted several of my own mistakes in this chapter, and I now have the guidance to correct them.
If you have unsuccessfully tried to make macarons in the past, or if you are an experienced macaron maker, this book would be great for either the novice or the expert (and everyone in between). The directions are very detailed, the recipes are professionally written in language that is easy to follow, and the book is beautifully designed. I also love the fact that measurements are listed by both quantity and weight. The recipes range from simple combinations to complex presentations.
I'm so glad I purchased it.
*Many bakers are not used to combining the sugar with the egg whites before beginning to whip them. I know I'm not. But the whites still whipped and I got a nice firm meringue. I didn't notice any difference adding the sugar first vs as the whites' foamy stage.
*Not all macaron bakers let their batter set before putting them in the oven. This book has you dry the batter out in the oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees to dry out the batter, accomplishing the same setting affect to achieve feet. It works.
*The troubleshooting guide is outstanding. It's helpful for the methods used in this book as well as for any macaron making method. The only thing that rattles my brain is that one macaron symptom can mean many things (i.e. air pockets can be too much air in batter, too high oven temp or too low oven temp). But that doesn't mean the guide is useless. Like baking anything, trial and error is how things eventually come out perfect.
*The book does not state to not age the egg whites. It is always stressed. It contains an alternate method for baking if you're just that impatient that you don't have time to age them. And it clearly states that your results will not be as good as if the whites are aged.
My macarons always look amazing. Using the method in this book was no exception.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Girlfriend loves the book, but has not gotten to try any of the recipes yet. I may update with how they turn out. It is smaller than a note book in height and width. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Cj
Excellent Macarons book. Instructions are very clear, and easy to follow. Illustrations help with making the macarons. Read morePublished 8 days ago by gris
Looks like new at a much better price. If you like cookbooks this is the best way to add to your collection. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Michael Soper
This book is simply the best Macron book out there. It was recommended to me by a lady I met who had a macron business. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Krista L. Kietzer
Wonderful pictures that inspire but recipes are WAY off, confusing and complicated.Published 16 days ago by Virginia Berner
Amazing book! Incredible variety of recipes and gorgeous photos! Easy to follow recipes and most ingredients easy to find. Read morePublished 19 days ago by M. Perez-Bastian