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Thursday, 3 July 2014


A Taste of Paris for Today's Paris in July!

Sweet Macarons ~ Delectable French Confections for Every Day
by Mercotte
With macarons firmly in place as the latest baking craze, famed French foodie and macaron maker extraordinaire Jacqueline Mercorelli, known as blogger Mercotte, provides 25 no-fail French macaron recipes in
Sweet Macarons, now available for the first time in English.

Mercotte, lives in Savoy, France, near Chambery.
A self-taught French baker, Mercotte started her blog in May 2005. Since then her recipes have received rave reviews and her blog has become a must read for anyone wanting to make macarons at home.
In June 2011, Novoceram named Mercotte as one of its top three
passion leaders.
Length: pb 80 pgs
Photos: Sigrid Verbert 
Published: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Taunton Press

My Thoughts?

A patisserie resource intended for at home bakers, Sweet Macarons,
is sure to inspire a love of creativity in baking this confection!
The photos alone are works of art.
The flavour combinations unique.
The book is unconventional in layout of recipes, with ingredients
appearing as paragraph listings.  Modifying suggestions are included
as is a level of difficulty marker for each recipe and conversion chart at book's end.
Thorough in presentation, Mercotte details step by step methods
in preparation and handy tips that are sure to increase confidence
as she sets out to demystify the creation of these sweets.
In fact, the order of presentation is to first learn the art of  
making meringues, piping, and working with almond and nutmeat meal.
Detailed instructions and descriptive explanations
provide thorough understanding of basic processes involved
in order to develop required skills.
Specialized equipment list of requirements another important inclusion.
The section on macaron fillings is where creativity reigns.
Varying colours and flavours,
varieties include ganache, buttercream, praline, allowing for unique 
macaron flavour combinations.
25 different macarons with endless possibilities~
Vanilla Cardamom, Apricot, Salted Butter Caramel,
Creme Brulee, florals, teas, spices, fruits...
Imagination in creation is inspired.
Practicing the basics as provided will increase proficiency for the novice.
Exploring the variations will inspire the accomplished macaron maker.
Enjoying the photos will delight any foodie!

*Appreciation to publisher for providing ecopy for reading and review without cost or compensation.
At Thyme for Tea,  Paris in July host, Tamara, interviews French Chef
Didier Quemener [Chef Q @FoodMeParis] 
Great French cooking tips and delish recipes for 
Roasted Wild Salmon Fillets, Ratatouille + Meatballs, and Quick Chocolate Mousse [without eggs!]
Thanks for being part of PARIS in JULY by visiting today!
Merci !  A` bientot! 




Natasha In Oz said...

Bonjour! I've not made macarons before and am not sure I am really up to it. We had a divine selection at Laduree on the Champs Elysee and I will never ever forget the whole experience!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Oh, Natasha! What amazing memories you have collected ~ thankyou for sharing with us today!
Feel free to share any photos and join us for #PARISinJULY whenever you're able ...

Brona Joy said...

I'm not sure I will ever have the kitchen stamina to make macarons! Luckily I live in the Sydney suburb that is home to Adriano Zumbo. I'm happy to be his guinea pig!!

Louise said...

I love macarons but still don't plan to make them at home. I want to keep them as special treats, made my someone else- and as I live in country Australia I don't really have access to all that many. Still, I do admire home cooks who give them a crack- we went to a macaron making workshop at Gerard Mulot last year- it's overwhelming the precision that the professionals use. I do like the cover of the book- they look so pretty.

Anonymous said...

While I have no desire to make my own macaroons, I believe there is no other confection that makes me smile as much. I love the bright joyfull colors and the pillowy cloud formations.

Anonymous said...

What a colourful picture... totally appealing. Love to try those macarons. Thanks for one sweet post. I've also posted something delicious. :)

Joy said...

I love the creative flavor combinations of macarons!

Joy's Book Blog

JoAnn said...

My daughter is quite a baker. She's home from college for the summer and is heading to Paris next month... this would be a wonderful project for us to tackle together before she goes!

Cecelia said...

I would be really interested in learning how to make good macarons at home. I shall have to see if I can get this book. Thanks for mentioning it!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm a terrible baker (and I don't enjoy it...something about all the exact measuring), even though I do love to cook. However, I do love to eat baked goods and love macarons. Maybe I'll pass this on to my mother in law who loves to bake and get her to make them for me :)

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

And to think we forgot to try them in Paris! Guess we have to go back.

Laurie C said...

I love the look of macarons, but have never had one! The cover of the cookbook is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to check out the blog, Ive always assumed making macaroons were too hard.

Please drop by and see what I am cooking this weekend,
Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Heather said...

I've not yet tasted this treat and not bought them locally as they seemed too expensive. Am looking forward to making them though.

Beth F said...

The cover alone looks so inviting. I haven't made macaroons in ages, maybe I should get with the trend

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