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

Sweet Macarons ~ Delectable French Confections for Every Dayby 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 pgsPhotos: Sigrid Verbert Published: April 17, 2012Publisher: 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 ingredientsappearing as paragraph listings.  Modifying suggestions are includedas is a level of difficulty marker for each recipe and conversion chart at book’s end.Thorough in presentation, Mercotte details step by step methodsin preparation and handy tips that are sure to increase confidenceas 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 explanationsprovide thorough understanding of basic processes involvedin 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! *





15 thoughts on “A TASTE OF PARIS: SWEET MACARONS by Mercotte 3.7.14

  1. 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

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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

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