Do you fancy making some beautiful little French confections that look like they just came from a high-class store. Of course you do!
Macarons are a current hot item in the baking world and here is a great chance to pick up a little book showing how to make 25 different macarons without any trouble. Even if you don't have a particularly sweet tooth there can be a macaron for you.
To make such delicate, beautiful items you need to put a little bit of effort into the task, yet you can be rewarded later. As the author says "... macaron making is within every cook's reach, but it does take hard work. This involves several beginner's steps, high-quality basic materials, good kitchen equipment, the right movements, a few tricks, and, above all, rigour and organisation." With the author 'virtually' at your side to help, don't be afraid.
The prospective macaron maker is first given a detailed lecture about the type of kitchen equipment that is necessary and why, along with a similar overview about the right ingredients. A slew of hints and tips are also provided that are well worth a read even if you think you know all of this stuff. There might be a few little wrinkles that you can learn that will be specifically of help making macarons.
Then it is onto the recipes, firstly starting gradually with a few basic types of macarons and you really should start with the basic stuff and become familiar with them first. Of course, if you charge through and start on a more complex, involved recipe you might muddle through. But there is a big risk of not getting it entirely right and becoming disheartened in the process. Go slowly and steadily and enjoy ALL of these nice little recipes and develop your skills. Each recipe features a clear "level of difficulty" indicator as well. Trust it! The recipes are deceptively easy to follow and take you through all of the steps. That is a great help. Follow everything contentiously and methodically and you will not be disappointed.
Despite being effectively a "single dish" sort of book, there is a wonderful range of variety within it and you will inevitably get some ideas of your own for customisation and new variants. Exploring these will be a great thing to do, but just take time to learn the basics first if you intend to become a prolific macaron-er. With this great book at your side you really have nothing to fear, apart from a growing waistline.