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Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  212 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Macarons, the stuff of bakers' candy-coated dreams, have taken the world by storm and are demystified here for the home baker, With dozens of flavor combinations, recipes are structured with three basic shell methods--French, Swiss, and Italian--plus one never-before-seen Easiest French Macaron Method. Pick one that works for you, and go on to create French-inspired pastry ...more
ebook, 228 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Running Press Book Publishers
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Mar 05, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the only book you'd ever need on macarons: a variety of different methods for making the cookie portion of the macarons with clear steps and photos, tons and tons of flavor variations, including basic to novel fillings (buttered popcorn pastry cream!). Absolutely fantastic.
This book covers everything you need to know when first starting out. The parts on tools, techniques and troubleshooting are thorough; all meringue methods are covered with great photos. Tips and tricks are offered. I only wish there would have been a bit less focus on the savoury and novelty recipes, as I feel those are a bit too quirky in the grand scheme of things.

Personally I serve macarons in combination with other pastries (usually with coffee or tea after a three- to five-course dinner) a
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PRETTY!!!!! The pictures in this book just make you want to get your stand mixer out & go to town. I made macarons once with limited success but after reading this I think I know where I went wrong.

There are 3 basic recipes: French, Italian & Swiss. The rest of the book consists of variations on those 3 recipes. I had no idea you could make a macaron out of anything other than almond flour. Who knew? Also, had no clue you could make savory macarons. Inconceivable!

There's so many recipe
Jul 18, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you want to make macarons with no set recipe, this book is for you. If you are more like me and like to have a set recipe, than this is probably not your book. I didn't care for the sound of any of the recipes in the book and they would just not be for me. However, if you like unusual flavor combination with many different pairings, you will probably really like all the recipe options listed in this book.
Nov 25, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful and has great ideas for recipes. Love that it discusses the different styles (Italian, Swiss, French) of merinque, and the history/techniques of each. Will definitely go on my most used cookbooks shelf.
May 19, 2012 Cecily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great! It gives great instructions and lots of flavor combination. It also discusses French, Swiss, and Italian meringue options--basically 3 different ways to make the cookies. Such a great, great book. It's totally inspired me to make them!
Oct 15, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfic
This is chock full of recipes for all kinds of fillings, including jams, creams, and more. I don't prefer cookbooks without pictures and found the text format to be less than easy to read (for a cookbook).
Aug 13, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, 2012
Beautiful, informative, extensive, with a troubleshooting section. -1 star because come on, no one can really make these at home.
Jan 29, 2013 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't like being mediocre, especially in the kitchen. With instructions this rigid & precise i never will. Awesome little cookbook.
Jul 29, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will need to re-check out this book from the library. Attempted the recipe where you bake at 200 for a while then turn the heat up and they didn't work right. Will try again at some point.
Veronique Ludington
very impressed by the accuracy of this book, measurements in grams were there and an absolute necessity to get the perfect consistency, i liked the troubleshooting section too, very helpful
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Apr 09, 2012 Elizabeth Gilliam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all the varities of flavors for the shells and the fillings if it wasn't for the fact that almond flour is expensive I know I could make these.
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