A la Mere de Famille: Recipes from the Beloved Parisian Confectioner Hardcover – Aug 23 2013
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The oldest chocolate shop in Paris (opened in 1761) is exactly as you would picture it: the classic Parisian storefront says epicere fine (delicatessan) printed above the door in gold belle Epoque lettering. The window display draws shoppers in with its stacks of exquisite tins and boxes of confections. Inside this Montmartre gem, the scene is just as nostalgic: subway tile floors, white-on-blue enamel signs, and wooden countertops lined with glass jars bursting with sweets, including bon bons, fruit confits, caramels, and cookies. Everything is divided into two categories - les incontournables (roughly, 'impossible to ignore') and nouveautes (novelties) - but all are irrEsistible. - Travel & Leisure
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Julien Merceron is the Paris-based chief chocolatier for À la Mère de Famille.
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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.
If you can appreciate that whimsical feeling of being in a candy or chocolate store and can appreciate the art of french pastries and bon bons, then this book is 100% worth the money.
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Don't forget that if you speak French, this book came out first in French so you might want to have it in French instead!