Sometimes recipe books just captivate too many people—the world over—and quickly exhaust their 1st edition printing. Such was the case with ‘Mad about Macarons!’, the now-famous bible of macarons by my friend, Jill Colonna. It’s just gone into its second printing, so I feel compelled to give a couple copies away!
How might you win one? Well…
[THE CONTEST IS OVER AS OF 7:24AM ET APRIL 6, 2012.]
After deeply considering all the entries, I narrowed it down to 11 semi-finalists. If you think you were one of them, and even though 70 people submitted an idea, you probably were one of them. Because, hey, your idea was that awesome, right?! Then I trimmed that down to four finalists: Chris, Karen, Yoko and Yannis. But since only two people can win, here’s who gets the book:
Yannis: Sidertis-infused macaron shell with a tonka/vanilla accented quince interior
Chris: Ceylon-infused macaron shell with a lavender buttercream and orange marmalade interior
I will follow-up with each of the winners by email.
1. Leave a comment below, where you describe what you think the most amazing macaron flavor would be. I expect you to be at least as specific as this example: a chestnut flour Italian meringue shell with a cremeux of Corsican clementines. But feel free to elaborate as much as you like; I want to believe you love macarons and will put the book to great use.
2. Make sure to include your first name and email address in the “name” and “email” fields. Your email address will not be shown publicly; I just need it so that I can contact you, if you win.
I will arbitrarily choose two winners this Friday, based on how much I personally like your macaron flavor idea. Until then, behold the deliciousness this book will unleash upon you . . .
Beyond the very valuable pages of technical advice with which Jill graces us, including the all-new troubleshooting section (awesome!), the most incredible facet of it all is the recipes. The endless list of killer recipes! She covers the basics: vanilla, coffee, almond, pistachio, rose, chocolate and way more. But that’s just the prelude, friends. Then she starts getting into the fancy and exotic varieties: sticky toffee, tiramisu, chocolate-cardamom-ginger, bloody mary, liquorice & white chocolate, and on-and-on.
The tea pairing advice is my favorite part. Should you be serving your macarons with Lapsang-Souchong, Earl Grey, Rooibos or something else altogether? You won’t know until you read this. And any macaronisto/a worth his or her weight in powdered almonds shouldn’t be walking around ignorant to these details.
Whether you’ve always wanted to learn to make macarons or need some great macaron recipes, to take your macaron skills to the next level, this is the book for you. Perfecting any of the recipes is sure to make you an acclaimed chef in the eyes of friends, family and coworkers. And, really, if you want to show-up any archrival baker in your life, this is the kind of material that will help you do it.
So enter the giveaway now by leaving your most amazing macaron idea below. The winners will be announced here on Friday. And make sure to check ‘Mad about Macarons!’ out on Amazon, if you want to snag a copy right away.