If you grew up gnawing on overly sugary, strangely damp, all-around unappetizing macaroons, as I did, it's time to give them another chance. In Dan Cohen's hands, macaroons become a treat with hitherto unknown potential. Classic crunchy coconut macaroons and macaroons spiked with bourbon, jam-stuffed macaroons and macaroon s'mores sandwich cookies (oh, mama) — The Macaroon Bible will make you a believer.
• Who wrote it: Dan Cohen
• Who published it: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
• Number of recipes: Over 40
• Recipes for right now: Chocolate-Almond Macaroons, Salted Caramel Macaroons, Eggnog Macaroons, Rice Pudding Macaroons, Gingersnap Macaroons, Coconut S'mores Macaroons, Chestnut-Rum Macaroons
• Other highlights: Before reading The Macaroon Bible, I had never fully considered what a blank slate a macaroon can be. The classic vanilla macaroon (when done right!) is a perfection of crunchy coconut edges and slightly gooey center, and very often, that's good enough for me.
But this same two-bite treat can really be used as the foundation for, well, just about anything. I love how Dan Cohen plays with spices, like cinnamon and ginger in his Domino cookies and a dash of coriander in another. I am also immediately a fan of anything whimsical and playful, so I feel an immediate draw toward recipes like his Peanut Butter & Jelly Macaroons and the Rice Pudding Macaroons. These would be such a fun and unexpected treat in a lunchbox or air-mailed cookie delivery!
Some of you might recognize Dan Cohen as the founder and creative mind behind Danny Macaroons (link below). If you've ever coveted a box of his Maple Pecan Pie Macaroons or Salted Caramel Macaroons, this book lets us whip up a batch any time we like!
• Who would enjoy this book? Coconut fiends, people looking for a gluten-free treat (most macaroons are naturally gluten-free!), anyone who's ever been spurned by a bad macaroon and is ready to give them another chance.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen
• Visit the author's website: Dan Cohen
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