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Great book, but needs more explanation of the basics
on 7 June 2012
Making macarons is easy. Thus spake Jill Colonna! Actually, it really isn't easy. I should know, I have made many batches from many different recipes, and when you look at the fabulous and beautiful pictures in this book, you are led to believe that you could make them like this in a short space of time. Not true, I'm afraid. You can copy these recipes to the minutest detail, include your oven thermometer, time your egg whites out of the fridge to the second, and I almost guarantee that it won't go right at first, second, third...
The book fails to mention the problems involved in colouring, which to me is one of the hardest areas to get right. It does say that powder or gel is preferable to liquid colour - actually I would rather say NEVER use liquid colour as it changes the consistency of the egg white - but fails to mention that most colours change and dull during the cooking process, nor does it suggest HOW MUCH colour to include. It also doesn't address the other biggest problem, which is how to avoid singeing the biscuits.
With these negatives in mind, however, the book is enjoyable and the recipe ideas are great, and I would certainly recommend it to those who have the confidence to get the biscuits right.