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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by scp1127

They have obviously been around. I studied them and made them when I was in the French National Honor Society in the 70's. French cooking is part of my heritage and my daughters have carried on the tradition. I was referring to the new group of books on the market which is what the OP is asking. If you will notice, I referred to the two french chefs as a good source of information.



Yes, i know what you were referring too
Its just that you wrote ..........but it was one of the first.
My post was just stating that no it wasn't.
Doesn't matter what your heritage is - or what you have done back in the 70's - point of fact is - Macaron books have been around for eons - before you and i were born
Best Macaron i have have ever eaten was made by an Italian in Germany -

Its just that new glossy covers and pretty pictures are being produced this time around...simple as that.

Like with anything else - what was old........... is new again.

Bluehue
post #17 of 28
I was actually trying to help the OP who, I am sure, could not care less about looking for a thirty year old book. I have no intention of debating this with you, as all of the other posters have also contributed current information. What is your point?
post #18 of 28
I am a bit Mac Mad too and haven't gotten around to testing all the books I've collected. They're really worth trying to make at home because they're often so expensive to buy.

I recently got a really pretty little book by Jose Marechel called The Secrets of Macarons. I still have to test it but it's a really nice book to look at - beautiful, clean photos.

I also heard that Pierre Hermes will have a book out in a few months time simply called 'Macarons'. I'm hoping it will be the English version of his popular French book.

I think it's a fun project to go ahead and make your own macarons.

Apparently they are quite the fussy cookie to perfect but according to Jill Colonna even broken/ cracked macs can come in use as sprinkles for ice cream or something.
post #19 of 28
Earlier I posted that I had ordered Berengere Abraham's book today. I did. But I guess I really wanted it because I ordered it last week from Borders. I always order from amazon and keep up with my orders. Oh, well. I have just flipped through the book. From a sales point of view, he does have quite a few interesting combinations... licorice, salted caramel, gingersnap, chestnut and hazelnut, rhubarb,pear, mango, and fig. And some are the same... lemon, violet, rose. As far as technique, it only has two pages with pictures. I don't see it as complete. But the combinations are very interesting and make beautiful color presentation. I am happy with it at a glance.

I did order (hopefully only once), Sugarbaby, by Bullock-Prado. I thought the whole book looked interesting and the reviews are very good.
post #20 of 28
I've also ordered Sugarbaby, after reading the reviews. Will get it tomorrow!

Sugarbaby has a companion website, separate from Bullock-Prado's blog, if anyone wants to check out what's inside the book (no recipes are given, just pictorials and a peek to what's in the book). I always check recipes against other authors' recipes anyway. I don't bake blindly. Like SCP1127, I'll be happy with whatever I get out of it, even if just flavor combinations.

Here's the link:

http://www.sugarbabycookbook.com/

Warning: Croquembouche doesn't look like the real version, but it might be easier this way!
post #21 of 28
imagenthatnj, Sugarbaby is a really good book. I have only read it... no recipes yet. Some really great recipes for additions to cake and cupcakes. Not like other books on the market that seem to repeat other books. This one is unique. I hope you enjoy it.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by scp1127

imagenthatnj, Sugarbaby is a really good book. I have only read it... no recipes yet. Some really great recipes for additions to cake and cupcakes. Not like other books on the market that seem to repeat other books. This one is unique. I hope you enjoy it.



I'm sure I will. I like how she writes. It's funny, but at work where everyone is usually talking about the sister, I'm thinking about reading the not-so-famous sister's blog. I think they're both great women, though, despite what they work at, so if it reads like a storybook (with recipes in between), I'll be happy with it.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your suggestions! I went a little crazy on Amazon with the books and I got SugarBaby, and the books (all called Macarons) by Cecile Cannone, Annie Rigg, Berengere Abraham and the Squires Kitchen guide to Macaroons by Mark Tilling. They all showed up a couple days ago and I'm thrilled with them. Lots of great ideas and such!! Thanks all -- I'm off to play with macaroons!! icon_lol.gif
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post #24 of 28
bobwonderbuns... I'm glad you aren't in my area. You sound as obsessive as I am!
post #25 of 28
bobwonderbuns, what did you think of the Macaron book from Squires? I noticed it on the last newsletter, and I've been thinking about buying it, but as usual, sitting on the fence before deciding.

Thanks
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post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
I love it!! Actually it's my favorite of all the books. He has some great ideas in there -- a macaroon wedding cake, little hamburger macaroons, etc. Very clever!! icon_biggrin.gif Of course I must admit I'm kind of partial to the Squires Kitchen books -- I have the cake shaping book, the fondant animals book, Mark's chocolate book (very cool!) and such and I love all of them!! icon_biggrin.gif They have such great ideas in them! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

I love it!! Actually it's my favorite of all the books. He has some great ideas in there -- a macaroon wedding cake, little hamburger macaroons, etc. Very clever!! icon_biggrin.gif Of course I must admit I'm kind of partial to the Squires Kitchen books -- I have the cake shaping book, the fondant animals book, Mark's chocolate book (very cool!) and such and I love all of them!! icon_biggrin.gif They have such great ideas in them! icon_biggrin.gif



Thanks bobwonderbuns! I figured Squires macaroon book would be a good one. I've got Tillings chocolate book, as well as Helen Penmans not yet released book on my wish list along with way many others.
If I could buy Squires books at US amazon prices, I'd buy the four of them together as the prices are so much more reasonable. But, theres no free shipping option if you live outside the US, and shipping is a killer on the pocketbook otherwise.

Tillings chocolate book is $14.37 on amazon US, but its $20.46 on amazon ca and it ticks me off we always have to pay so much more for the same books. Same with the Sugar Baby book that I've been wanting to get. Its $17.82 on amazon US but $22.53 amazon CA.

I've sent more than a few emails to amazon ca questioning why they charge us so much more on books since the dollar value between the US and Canada is not much different, but I always get the same lame excuse. That its the cost of buying. thumbsdown.gif
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post #28 of 28
Great info, thank you all!!!
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