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Secrets of Macarons [Hardcover]

Jose Marechal
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Mar 2011
Macarons seduce the senses with their delicate crunch and velvet filling. Now, French chef José Maréchal discloses all the tips and techniques you need to make these little treats. First master the nine classic flavours, then create your own signature macaron. Key points: Secrets of Macarons, the definitive guide to macarons from French chef José Maréchal, will equip the reader with extensive information on every stage of the process, from the ingredients and equipment required to an array of dazzling finishing touches; in addition to nine classic macaron flavours, the book also includes a chapter on speciality macarons for the experienced baker; this affordable source of baking and decorating tips would make the perfect gift, and is sure to inspire creativity and an endless number of macaron combinations.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742661289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742661285
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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José Maréchal has a passion for cooking and the traditional art of pâtisserie. At the age of 32, after a career working in many prestigious establishments, he is chef and partner at Café Noir, in Paris' 20th Arrondissement.


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and mouthwatering guide 20 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a beautifully produced little volume, which is only about a centimetre thick and little bigger than a paperback novel, yet manages to cram in everything there is to know about making macarons. The embossed silver title and the artistic cover photograph indicate that you are in for a treat before you even open the book. Inside, the photographs, which appear on every page, are stunning. The book is split into two equal halves; the first half deals with ingredients and techniques, while the second part describes classic macaron recipes. The book's thoroughness is apparent right from the very first section on "the almond", three pages of pertinent facts plus detailed answers to questions such as "Can I use whole almonds and grind them myself?" (Yes). Every aspect of technique is described and illustrated in detail, including both french and italian meringue recipes. The section on making different ganache bases (with dark, milk, or white chocolate, or fruit coulis) alone is worth the price of the book to me.

The second half gives detailed recipes for nine classic macaron flavours such as raspberry, pistachio, and chocolate, as well as some interesting variations. All are illustrated with photographs to make your mouth water. The basic (italian) macaron method is repeated word by word for each recipe. This can seem a bit unnecessary, but it does save you from having to flip back to the techniques section to check the tricky details. One criticism is that the text is printed in a tiny font. In fact there is so much information on each page that I suspect the original book was larger and has been shrunk down for this Murdoch edition. That's right, Murdoch Books Pty Limited produced this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, neat but ... 27 May 2011
By Sally W
Format:Hardcover
This is a nice little volume with good all round information about the ingredients and methods for making macarons. It has well laid out pages and attractive photos. But, as the previous reviewer mentioned, apart from 6 'speciality' recipes at the back the other 9 recipes are identical in ingredients (apart from food colouring), method and assembly. The only real difference in these 9 rercipes, apart from colour, comes in the filling.
That said, I am still happy I bought this book, but it could have saved on a few pages and repetition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! A Macaron recipe book which works! 13 Jun 2012
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I have bought several books, been on a course, read all the online recipes and blogs, and this little book is the best. If only it had been the first! Making good macarons is a science, and the author discusses everything scientifically, from the constitution of eggs and almonds, to why some utensils work better than others. If you want to make great macarons, buy this book and STICK TO THE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY, and you will achieve it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macarons! 30 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
Love this book - small and gorgeous. Beautiful, elegant, understated photography. As others have commented, the basic recipe is repeated rather more often than needed, but that doesn't bother me (it's mainly the italian, sugar syrup recipe (which I've yet to try), with less information on the french dry recipe). It has a good section on the ingredients (nutritional value and how they work in the recipes). Some nice ideas for decorating and some interesting alternatives (walnuts, hazelnuts etc) at the back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant macaron baking tips 5 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
I was most impressed with this book. I have bought so many macaron baking books and this one outdoes most of them! It provides information around the science of making macarons and is easy to follow. The instructions are good, and the ideas are also really good. Plus the book gives both the Italian and French meringue recipes. Only thing I could say is that the font is tiny and could have done with being larger!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Below average 14 Jan 2013
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I was a bit disappointed by this book. There are a few pages written on each of the ingredients which go into making macarons; eggs, sugar, ground almonds, etc. and mixed in amongst this are the steps you need to follow to make a macaron. There are then separate recipes for each of the seven classic macaron flavours, which as someone else commented are near identical. The trouble is the recipe is not written up in sufficient detail to follow so you have to go back to read through the relevant step against each ingedient. Nowhere in this book is there presented a continous step-by-step guide to making a macaron instead you will find yourself flicking backwards and forwards though the book. I'd reccommend looking elsewhere, in fact you might as well just look at the Mary Berry recipe from the Great British bake off on the BBC recipe web-site, it's free and considierably easier to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macaroned! 19 Mar 2013
By PJ
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book, with lots of useful, and easy to follow recipes. I would recommend it for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Macarons 18 Feb 2013
By Diana
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First Macaron book I've seen which explains everything about the ingredients and how to prepare these delicacies! I can recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Too complex
This book just complicates a topic that other books and articles try to simplify. Unless you want to understand the science of each ingredient, look elsewhere.
Published 3 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait!
This is a lovely little book - it even manages to look reassuringly competent somehow. I had a read-through over the last couple of days, as there's a lot of detail about each... Read more
Published 7 days ago by barncottagecat
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow, beautifully laid out
I would recommend this book as its easy to follow, the lay out is excellent,
it also shows cooking utensils required and advise on different colouring. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Annelma
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recipes
For anyone who loves macaroons this isa book I would recommend. Stages of preparation well illustrated with well written text.
Published 4 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Everything you need to make these great cakes I will read and read until I get the perfect baked cakes
Published 4 months ago by Paul Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It was really easy following the steps listed and some of my macarons did come out with feets (finally) .
Published 6 months ago by ONOME AUGOYE
5.0 out of 5 stars Idiot proof recipes
Simple with a touch of technical!

Perfect for the new macaron maker like myself.

Enjoyed the technical overview of ingredients.
Published 8 months ago by cb
5.0 out of 5 stars Super great product
I think that this is a super great product, and so I would gladly buy it agian in the future
Published 8 months ago by Anja Dalsgaard Jensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Fussy French Elitism
I found this book to be fussy and unhelpful. The problem with macaron books is that they tend to be elitist and not for the home cook. This is such a book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by dandylion_84
4.0 out of 5 stars Great macaroons
There a lot of macaroon recipes out there which all differ but this book has some excellent varieties. Not tried many yet those.
Published 8 months ago by Lorraine Beckwith
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