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The Young Chef’s French Cookbook (I’m the Chef)

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The Young Chef’s French Cookbook (I’m the Chef)

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This title is intended for ages 4-8. Children will be excited to prepare some of France’s typical dishes themselves! “The Young Chef’s French Cookbook” contains fifteen easy-to-prepare recipes each with step-by-step instructions, easy-to-follow photographs, plus tips and warnings for safety in the kitchen. Each recipe includes interesting facts about the culture of France and a special section features the traditions, costumes, food, and fun of the festival of La Fete des Rois or the Festival of

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Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe

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“Feather-light, at once crunchy and chewy, and distinguished by rich buttercream filling.” — The New York Times

“Rival those in Paris.”— Zagat

“Addictive.” — Time Out New York

Cuter than a cupcake and more delicious, the adorable macaron is très en vogue. Now you can make these crowd-pleasing cookies at home! Packed with helpful and inspiring color photos, this book offers everything you need to bake stunni

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  1. A. Ko says:
    58 of 60 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Small But Essential, December 19, 2010
    A. Ko (Houston, Tx) –

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    This review is from: Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe (Paperback)

    I have two Macaron books, this one and the one by Hisako Ogita. I like to make bullet points:

    * Hisako’s book looked slightly complicated. I’ve been baking for 25 years but never did a macaron. I knew they were harder than my usual cupcake so for some reason Hisako’s book made me not try it right away. This book is VERY small, but in a good way. First, you can read the whole thing in 10 minutes to learn how to make a macaron. Second, it’s easy to understand what she is telling you to do. Third, her pictures of her bakery look nice.

    * She tells you how to make a basic French or Italian macaron shell. No frills. Good for a beginner macaronist like me. Essential. However, since it has no frills, I’m glad I have Hisako’s book because Hisako actually tells you how to flavor a shell. Even with no extra flavor, the basic shell is crazy tasty though! Let me repeat, good for a beginner first time macarooner!

    * What I don’t like:
    1. she calls for 2.5″ circles. I made templates. Puzzled when I couldn’t get the large number of macaron shells on a half sheet like she said, I pressed on. I believe this is a typo in the book. My macarons were HUGE. I like big cookies so it wasn’t a big deal, but frankly, I think 1.5″ is too small, 2″ is just right, and 2.5″ is too big. My husband found a true to scale picture of her macarons from her cafe and they are 2″ in size…(three fingers thick). Hisako’s are 2.5 cm large, so did she get her units wrong since she is French? I don’t know. Her oven timing and temperatures were perfect for my extra large 2.5 ” macarons though.
    2. I added too much egg white powder since I live in Houston Tx. Perhaps, adding how much you should put in based on relative humidity would be helpful? That sounded nerdy. I think I will accept the blame for this oops
    3. Other reviewers are right: she does not tell you how to decorate the macarons as nicely as she does. Nuts
    4. I made my macarons pink with a dark chocolate ganache. It was VERY tasty. However, my ganache did not solidify in 30 minutes like she says it would. I had to pop it in the fridge. She also never mentions to double boil it. I prefer double boiling (putting it in a glass bowl over a pot of semi-boiling water) because it doesn’t burn the milk or chocolate. That’s just me. I was surprised she didn’t mention that trick. It does taste extremely good though :)
    5. Over and over she says use a Pastry 8 tip. I have the Ateco complete large round tip set and the Wiltons like 60+ tip pack. I don’t have a number 8! Anyways, for a 2.5 ” circle, I had to use my biggest tip. I don’t know if others had that problem.
    6. NEW ADDITION TO REVIEW: Just made macarons again with 2″ circles. Oven baking time was way too high this time. I think 9 minutes works better but I can’t say for sure because I kept lowering my time with each batch. I made the chocolate orange ganache. I believe the recipe is OFF. I put in the recommended 1 tsp of orange extract and 1 orange peel zested and my macarons now have a bitter initial taste to them that I hate. I’m quite unhappy with today’s batch . I’m guessing it’s best to use 1/4 a teaspoon of extract to be safe. 2″ macarons are better :)

    I’m adding a picture to my review of my first attempt at macarons. Check it out. Hope this was helpful.

    I’m very glad I bought the book, even with the “flaws”. Who knows if it was her book or me… It’s still a wonderful beginner macaroner book.

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  2. k8inut says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Cute Litte Book, December 14, 2010
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    This review is from: Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe (Paperback)

    The book begins with a short overview of the ingredients and equipment used in the recipes. Then, it moves on to the shells. There is a recipe for a French meringue and an Italian meringue shell. Both of the shell recipes are spread over a few pages, and several of the steps in the shell recipes are pictured. The ingredients in the recipes are listed both by weight and by volume. There is also a problem and solution section.

    The second chapter has fillings. There is a chocolate ganache filling recipe and a buttercream filling recipe, each with about 10 flavor variations. The other main filling recipe is for a homemade jam filling.

    The third chapter consists of three main decoration ideas: macaron lollipos, tower of macarons, and sugar decorations for macarons. There are many, many colorful pictures throughout the book, though the book is quite small (about the size of a baby board book). The type in the book appears to be about an eleven or twelve point font.

    Just a couple notes – there are some designs pictured on the macarons, but there are no explanations as to how to acheive those designs, which is too bad. Also, all of the recipes call for piping the shells and the fillings with a pastry bag and a #8 tip.

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  3. Sarie says:
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Recipes require some adjustments, December 29, 2010
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    This review is from: Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe (Paperback)

    Over the last month I have perfected the french meringue macarons. I think the ratio that is used for the french meringue is incorrect and needs to be more like 1.2/2.35 grams almonds/sugar for every gram egg white. I also use a hand mixer or whisk as it is much easier to see the meringue and ensure you do not over beat the mixture.
    I would also recommend that you invest in a copper bowl. I have the Mauviel Copper 10-Inch Bowl with Ring which I bought on amazon when it was on special. Also I recommend a lower heat for the french macaron say 290F for 16 minutes.

    Although I feel there are issues with the meringue recipe I certainly enjoyed experimenting with the different buttercreams and ganache that are in the book. That being said there are some issues with these recipes. For example with the ganache I recommend that you don’t heat the chocolate but rather the cream and pour it over the room temperature chocolate. Also go easy on any of the essence or oils! Put in a drop or two, then mix, then taste and then a few more if needed.

    The book itself has some wonderful ideas and beautiful clear pictures. The different buttercreams and ganache are yummy, but the macaron shell recipes need some fine tuning.

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