À La Mère De Famille

À La Mère De Famille

Recipes Fromt He Beloved Parisian Confectioner

Book - 2014
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"For the home candymaker always looking for new and better formulas and for bakers of all skill levels, this is a complete collection of recipes for [the shop's] favorites, from cakes to marshmallows to ice creams and more"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA :, Chronicle Books,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781452118284
Characteristics: 279 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.


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ksoles Dec 09, 2014

For anyone who has ever walked into a candy store and felt lured to every corner, "A La Mere De Famille" provides a fantasy walk through Rose Marshmallows, Hazelnut Caramels, Almond Macarons, Milk Jam and so much more.

Leafing through the book, readers will notice the nostalgia welling up: pages have orange-tinted edges reminiscent of old-fashioned gilding; the styling of the recipes on the pages evokes creaking floors and dinging cash registers; photos of brightly coloured confections add intense visual punch.

The book's 95 recipes cover caramels, truffles, small tea cakes, cookies, lollipops, fruit gums, brittles and even ice cream. Julien Merceron provides clear instructions and even some illustrations for the trickier techniques. Though some of the projects might prove more finicky than the simply-written recipes imply, anyone with an adventurous baking spirit will have fun with them.

Most of the described treats will be familiar to anyone with a sweet tooth but some of the more obscure, French-specific recipes (amants, berlingots, calissons) would become clearer with more explanation or even a brief history of the confection. Regardless, between the book's ingredient lists, photos and good old Google, readers can feel confident in their ability to produce unique desserts.

Aug 09, 2014

Beautifully produced book - you are instantly transported back to the quaint streets of Paris. Short but intriguing historical accounts provide a window into the store's remarkable 250 year lineage and the recipes are very approachable. The whole 'package' is undeniably Parisian. A real treat - love it!


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