The Macaroon Bible because my dad loves eating coconut flavoured treats. He claims that he never gets to eat any when I make macaroons - that I give them out too quickly - so this batch was made especially for him.
The Macaroon Bible
Written by Dan Cohen
Photographs by Alice Gao
Food styling by Vivian Lui
Prop styling by Kira Corbin
ISBN 13: 9781118472163
ISBN 10: 1118472160
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover: 152 Pages
Dan Cohen founded New York City's macaroon company, Danny Macaroons, in 2010. His macaroons have just launched in locations across Chicago as well. This book is the result of Dan's experiments, using the basis of a plain macaroon as a blank canvas. What I like about making macaroons is how little equipment you need! It's almost a one-bowl treat!
In the introduction, there's a few pages for the tools, techniques (with step-by-step photos), a history of the macaroon, and how Dan started up his company. Basically, once you know how to make the original vanilla macaroons, you can start playing with flavour variations. The ones I liked the most from the cookbook were the salted caramel macaroons, piña colada macaroons, tiramisu macaroons, stoopid macaroons (inspired by Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, they contain pretzels, potato chips, and a Butterfinger bar), coconut s'mores macaroons, chocolate bombs macaroons, and guava macaroons.
I'd like to seriously applaud the photographer and stylists. It's not easy taking photos of cookies that have a similar exterior look because the difference in flavour isn't always visible. They made each plate, pan, jar, and bowl of macaroons look tasty and inviting.
Please note that I read through the uncorrected proof of the book, so check with the finished copy for final information and recipes. My little cousin and I teamed up to make some sunshine macaroons from the cookbook. Except, we swapped the orange zest for lime zest (whatever was available in our fridge).
Recipe adapted from The Macaroon Bible
(Makes about 24 two-inch macaroons)
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon of salt
10.5 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Grated zest of 1 lime
14 ounces of sweetened shredded coconut
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