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Pierre Hermé Macaron: The Ultimate Recipes from the Master Patissier Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 October 2015

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1617691712
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1617691713
  • Customer reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 278 ratings

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About the Author

Pierre Hermé is France’s top pastry chef, dubbed the “Picasso of Pastry” by Vogue. His creations, such as the Ispahan macaron (rose, lychee, and raspberry), are the haute couture of the pastry world. He has published numerous books, including Pierre Hermé Pastries and Desserts by Pierre Hermé.

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christian kirchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!!!!
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Frances Ruoff
5.0 out of 5 stars The only macaron book you'll need.
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EPICurean M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Macaron Book filled with the Classics and Modern Recipes and Stylish Photography
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Macaron Book filled with the Classics and Modern Recipes and Stylish Photography
Reviewed in the United States on 12 October 2015
I had to get a copy of this book which are recipes of Pierre Herme's where he learned how to make macarons with Gaston Lenotre' to his flavorful journey of making exquisite flavorful flavors: traditional, savory and out of this world. This book is for the experienced bakers, pastry chefs and other foodies who want to make these macarons for enjoyment, entertaining, etcetera.
When I received this book as the first reviewer thought. This was a bigger book than I thought which may resemble to the ph10 which is similar in thickness and size. I was so excited about it as I glanced through the recipes, I found out the measurements are labeled in cups for the North American market and in grams. The author stressed using g is the most precise measurement you can use and is easier modifying recipe yields.
The book looks very elaborate, and is presented well from macaron recipes categorized in different groups: Introduction (History of the Macaron plus how Pierre Herme' learned the craft of making macarons from Pastry Chef Gaston Lenotre' in Paris at the age of 14 to his journey of making the traditional flavors of lemon, coffee, caramel and raspberry to his journey of making unique flavor combinations when he worked on his own and open his own pastry shops in mid-2000s.
I liked the book layout which introduces his personal stories and food experiences about making the macaron, the recipes, and the following pages follow colorful and stylish photography how each macaron is crafted and made. The recipes are written in a concise way to fit 2 to 3 pages, and they want to include stylish and stunning photography.
CONS: The one thing I don't like is when I read the recipes -- he combines the liquefied eggwhites to 220g, when it should be separated into 2 equal parts that are stated on his past books. Note: when you the recipes for making macaron shells. Always divide the 2 equal parts of 110g Liquefied eggwhites separately in 2 cups or bowls. In the instructions, when you read how the eggwhites are prepared. 220g of eggwhites are separated into 2 equal parts, Then it is refrigerated for 7 days prior to making the macarons. Second,there are only few ingredients that only available in France.
PROS: *Then at the beginning of the book, he states that he uses blanched almonds that need to be dried for 2 days at room temperature prior making macarons. Traditionally done in French pastry. Time and patience is an essence here when making stunning pastries.
Also, I noticed that some of the ingredients are only found on specific regions like olive oil, mandarin oranges, rose essence -- but the author also gives you other options to use other sources on what you may have available locally. So this is no biggie. The methods that are used are practical either for a chef and an experienced home baker.
The yields makes 144 1.5-inch macaron shells or 72 macarons. So this is pretty big for an experienced baker, and recipes can be decreased or increased depending on your desire to make these macarons.
There is also a kitchen step-by-step guide inserted at the back of the book.
The ganache recipes can be prepared using a bain-maire (double boiler), or a microwave.
This book features traditonal, Pierre Herme' Classics, and his own signature and popular collections. Some are old from his pastry books and there are others that are new especially the Infinitement Chocolate. Caraquillo, Jardin d' automne, and many others.
MY TIPS: Liquefied eggwhites means that if you used fresh eggs. You just have to separate eggwhites and eggyolks. Put 110g eggwhites in a cup or mug. Then cover them in plastic wrap tightly, and then poke holes on the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 7 days before making the macarons.
FINAL WORD ABOUT THIS BOOK: For those, who collect Macaron or Pierre Herme' books or who are experienced bakers who would like to refresh their flavor combinations of macarons -- this is the book for you. I am considered both and trying to find multiple flavors that go well together and are balanced in five tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. This book is well presented in Pierre Herme's way as he is the architect of how unique flavors go well together with nuances coming from fruits, vegetables, spices and chocolate. His travels and the discovery of flavors from different countries has expanded his palate and resembles them making his pastry creations at his pastry shops. His regular customers wanted more and try out new flavors and pastries that he sells. He has an open mind, and is a modest pastry chef as he likes to entice his clients with flavors that are memorable yet different. But also teaches in international events, and writes books to pass down the knowledge for a generation that loves these little pastries. Pierre Herme does it in a fashionable way, yet the photography is absolutely stunning. The recipes are targeted for the experienced bakers, pastry chefs, food stylist and for foodies who like to engage on exploring more unusual flavor combinations and yet enjoy these little pastries called the macaron-- The Ultimate Macaron.
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105 people found this helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous book for any macaron lover/baker!
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