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Best Macaroon Cookbooks Compared

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If you shop for macaroon [aka macaron] cookbooks, you’ll find a bevy in your bookstore or online. The pictures of intensely colored macaroons with intriguing flavor combinations can be overwhelming.

Suzen and I own a dozen of these books and we can help you sort out which books to consider and why. The table at the end of this blog compares seven of the books we’ve found to be most useful. And successful! We’ve been to Paris and we’ve tasted every color of Laduree’s treats, so we are official macaroon experts.

To get started, you need one book: I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita [it’s officially I [Heart] Macarons]. Mrs Ogita is a Japanese baking maven who writes about French pastry techniques. Her book is the best because of the research and quality that it reflects on each page. She has refined the techniques for the home cook, and has majestically documented and photographed the steps to making a perfect macaroon.

There are two styles of macaroons:

  • French made with egg whites beaten into a meringue
  • Italian made with a hot sugar syrup added into an egg white meringue

Ogita’s book is one of two books that describe both techniques. She breaks the process down into microsteps, far more than any other author. And she provides pictures for every step. Suzen followed her exactly and had nothing short of Parisian quality. She was happy, and I was nourished.

For a second book, our favorite is Macarons by Berengere Abraham. It too breaks the process into many steps with photos of each one.

The other five books listed in this table are all excellent ones. For the experienced macaroon maker, they provide exciting flavor combinations. But, if you are just beginning and need expert advice on technique, then the books by Ogita and Abraham are essential.

Stores displaying macaroons often have a dozen different kinds, beginning, of course, with chocolate, vanilla, coffee, … In the last column of the table I’ve included for each book three of their “more exotic” flavor combinations. There are really an unlimited number of ways to flavor the cookie, then the filling, and finally apply some outside flavor or texture to the assembled macaroon [rolling in pistachios, for example].

Each of these seven books is rich in flavor ideas and combinations. Macaroon popularity is certainly due to the extravagance of these ideas. You kitchen is the place where you flavor imagination can literally go wild.

Title

Author

# of Steps

Technique

Technique Pictures

Recipes

I Love Macarons

 

Hisako Ogita

 

22 [French]
23[Italian]

 

French & Italian

 

Every Step

 

Sesame
Green Tea
Pistachio and Raspberry

 

Macarons

 

Berengere Abraham

 

12

 

French

 

Every Step

 

Rhubarb and Red Currant
Mango and Mascarpone
Pineapple and Szechuan Pepper

 

Macaroon

 

Alison Thompson

 

8

 

French

 

No

 

Vanilla and Rose
Cinnamon
Pecan Caramel

 

Macarons

 

Annie Rigg

 

12

 

French

 

Some

 

Raspberry and Passion Fruit
Coffee, Caramel and Chocolate
Caramel and Nutmet

 

Macarons

 

Cecile Cannone

 

6 [French]
7[Italian]

 

French & Italian

 

Many

 

Chestnut, Chocolate
Coconut
Apple Cinnamon

 

Irresistable
Macaroons

 

Jose Marechal

 

9

 

Italian

 

Every Step

 

Liquorice and Violet
Honey
Salted Caramel

 

Macaroons

 

Love Food

 

10

 

French

 

Every Step

 

Pistachio
Saffron and Cardamom
Spiced Apple

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Best Macaroon Cookbooks Compared

  1. This a very helpful article, but I think you missed an essential book: Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home, by Kathryn Gordon and Anne Engammare McBride. I can’t speak to the books you mentioned, but Les Petits Macarons is by far the most comprehensive I’ve seen on the subject. The book has recipes for an incredible number of flavors and fillings – sweet and savory, has a troubleshooting guide, and in addition to French, Italian, and Swiss styles of shells, offers an easy shell recipe. I highly recommend it! http://www.amazon.com/Petits-Macarons-Colorful-French-Confections/dp/0762442581/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323186141&sr=8-1

  2. Thank you for posting this blog! I have been wanting to buy a macaron book lately and I want to get the best one out there. I love making macarons at home, everyone says they are so hard but practice makes perfect. :)

    • Glad you like the recommendations. Macarons, good ones, take some effort but they are so brilliantly wonderful that I can’t stop making them. The ability of mix and match flavors and colors means there literally is an infinity of possibilities out there.

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