This book is, at the same time, scary and wonderful.
It has incredibly complex macarons in it, and some I'm still in the process of being convinced that they can, indeed, actually taste good. Some of the ingredients are tough as nuts to find, quite frankly (at least in Portugal, where I live) and some I just look at them and think "hold on... this exists???".
However, all of this is thankfully resolvable: although complex, it has perfect and accurate descriptions of the making of said (tougher) macarons. The ingredients that make you want to pull your hair out in frustration can actually be found, sold online and offline, at addresses indicated at the end of the book.
The first few pages indicate the basics of making perfect macarons in general in step-by-step illustrations from start to finish, including utensils, temperatures, how to measure the ingredients, when and how to whisk/pour/mix them, how to make sure, that even inside the oven, you can control their cooking "status", per say. Astronomically useful tips on the perfect shells and ganache using accessible language (none of that chef-gibberish you'd be expecting for a book as advanced as this).
Then the recipes themselves. Each recipe uses up to 4 pages if necessary to make sure you have an almost clinical approach to macaron-making, without room for error.
HermÃ????Ã????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â©, more than an art, makes macarons a science!
An enormous diversity of fillings that will blow you away, some of them conventional (chocolate ganache, lemon, raspberry) and some not so much (olive oil, yuzu, ketchup!) and somehow they all DO work! Not for everyone's taste some of them of course, but they about 90% of the recipes I'm pretty sure are user/any kind of eater friendly.
Now I have to go buy a sugar thermometer, however...
Highly recommend this book!show more