Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home

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Les Petits Macarons is your ultimate and easy guide to making delectable, bakery-quality macarons - at home!

Macarons have become a worldwide sensation, whether it be because of their dazzling assortment of colors, their associations with Parisian elegance, or just because they taste amazing! These delectable little delights may seem daunting for any home baker, but authors Kathryn Gordon and Anne E. McBride are here to demystify macarons.

This book is like a private baking class in your very own kitchen, with careful, detailed instruction and recipes guaranteed to bring the flavors of France right to your door. It features dozens of flavor combinations, structured around three basic shell methods-French, Swiss, and Italian-with a never-before-seen Easiest French Macaron Method (and a convenient Troubleshooting Guide) that is sure to make macaron magic possible for anyone using nothing more than a mixer, an oven, and a piping bag.

Shell flavors include:
  • Pistachio
  • Blackberry
  • Coconut
  • Red velvet
With an array of fillings:
  • Crunchy dark chocolate ganache
  • Lemon curd
  • Strawberry guava pate de fruit
There are even savory flavors like saffron, parsley, and ancho chile paired with fillings like hummus, foie gras with black currant, or duck confit with port and fig. Les Petits Macarons offers endless possibilities for everyone to enjoy!

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About the author

Kathryn Gordon is a professional baking instructor and chef with sold-out classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Anne E. McBride is the co-author of six books and the director of the Experimental Cuisine Collective at New York University. She lives in New Jersey.
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Running Press Adult
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Oct 4, 2011
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Cooking / Courses & Dishes / Confectionery
Cooking / Courses & Dishes / Cookies
Cooking / Courses & Dishes / Desserts
Cooking / Methods / Baking
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / French
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Winner of  the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook, Dessert & Baking

What does it take to perfect a flawless éclair? A delicate yet buttery croissant? To pipe dozens of macarons? The answer is: an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of pastry. In The Art of French Pastry award-winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, cofounder of the renowned French Pastry School in Chicago, gives you just that.

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