mad about macarons poster booksigning

A Mad Macaron Weekend in Paris


mad about macarons poster booksigning

What a weekend. Still recovering, I’m now bunged up with a horrible cold to welcome Spring 🙁  I’m sure some of you heard that it was the Fête du Macaron in Paris.  Did YOU get your dose of macarons?  To honour the fête, Brentano’s American Bookstore in Paris kindly invited me for a book event.  Thank you, Catherine! It was a total honour to be there.

It was great fun meeting new curious macaronivores-to-be. I do hope they will stay in touch via the website to say hello and even share their macarons with us!  There were readers from Japan, America, Sweden, Slovenia and even France! I was assured the French liked it in English since it’s good for their English practise and what better way to learn through making macarons?  Then the riot police turned up on the Avenue de l’Opéra

riot police paris book event mad about macarons

Riot police and Mad About Macarons!

Had they perhaps heard about the macaronivores in town? 😉
One fascinating lady who was in town over the weekend and who is definitely no stranger to the macaron is Carol Gillott, an artist who paints Paris dreams.  If you don’t know her already you soon will via her website, ParisBreakfasts.  Check out her amazing macaron T-shirt for a start.

Paris breakfasts artist Carol Gillott


Hm.  It was tough choosing from the pastry menu plus the best hot chocolate in the city chez Jean-Paul Hevin. His pastries are show-cased like in a Swatch store.

Hevin macaron display

Following my pâtisserie tasting with Carol, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make my own version of Jean-Paul Hevin’s chocolate-raspberry macarons back home.

Chocolate-raspberry macarons: I added plenty of pink food colouring into the shells as well as a few drops of natural raspberry essence (I got that at Mora).  For the chocolate ganache, I followed the recipe in the book on page 47 but replaced the teaspoon of coffee with a teaspoon of raspberry essence and added 100g of crushed raspberries into the melting chocolate (even better, Picard in France do bags of frozen crushed raspberries when it’s not in season.)

To add even more raspberry flavour, I’ve discovered a brand new line of natural mini square fruit pastels that are to die for called “N.A. (Nature Addicts)“.  They’re everywhere in Paris just now at the check-outs and the kids are crazy about them. Just slip one on top of the ganache and add a bit more ganache on top of the square before putting on the top macaron shell.  Wait for 36 hours and you’ll see why you need to wait before eating them.

chocolate raspberry mad about macarons

Chocolate-raspberry macarons

For those of you who missed the Fête du Macaron, it’s not too late! There’s still time before Sunday 27th March to enter our Giveaway.  To celebrate Waverley Books are giving a copy to FIVE lucky winners, so don’t just sit there: pass on the macaron word…

Now it’s time to nurse that cold. They say that when you have a cold you need to feed it, right?  So I’m doing just that and with plenty of garlic.  Last night I started with an extra-garlic-infused recipe for sweet potato gnocchi.  I’m feeling a bit better already.  Just as well there are no booksignings this weekend and you’re all far away! 😉

In the window at Brentano's bookstore

In the window at Brentano’s bookstore

32 replies
  1. Plateful
    Plateful says:

    Ahhh, Paris the city of love and macaroons the love of my life! In all honesty I have to say that you have floored me with just the title of the post, not to mention the catchy title of your blog. Yeah, I am mad about macaroon and my kids, too! I baked rasberry macroons y’day too but for some reason I haven’t yet mastered the skills. Sometimes they turn out looking perfect and sometimes it’s a mess. I’m gonna bookmark all your macroon recipes and tips and read them at leisure for better success. Gonna follow your fan club to keep track of all that you dish out. I’m so glad to have found you through our mutual friend, Thoma from Kitchenmorph! Cheers!

  2. Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life says:

    What a fun day!! We’ve so far been lucky and have avoided the spring cold, but then Liv had on that lasted the entire winter. 2 rounds and 40 days of anibiotics later she is one healthy girl again! Hang in there, may it pass quickly.
    LOVE the Raspberry flavors!! I’ve not used the raspberry essence, but will have to keep an eye out for that. Personally, I think raspberry and chocolate are an ideal match.
    Feel better!

  3. Cristina
    Cristina says:

    Hi Jill: I hope you’re feeling better and have recovered from your cold. Please let us know if you plan to tour in the US – would luv the oppty to meet you and get my book signed. =)

    I am enjoying making macarons. The more I make them, the better I get making these little edible works of art. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the elation of baking a successful batch. 😉

    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Hi Cristina,
      Gosh, I would LOVE to come to the US with the book. No plans as yet, but will keep you posted. I love all your posts on macarons: you definitely have it down to a fine art!

  4. visda
    visda says:

    when do you come for booksigning in San Francisco?
    I had a Parisian friend visiting this weekend and we consumed our fair share of macarons for Fête du Macaron this weekend in SF coffee shops but is nothing close to your creative versions. 🙂
    Hope you get well soon and have a good week.

  5. Pauline
    Pauline says:

    What men won’t do for one of your macaroons, even dress up in riot gear apparently 🙂 I’d be shoving ahead to get in the queue first too, I love raspberry, tang and a sweet sensation all in one go plus a choccy fix. Am so jealous of your pic choosing pastries too …

  6. Kate @
    Kate @ says:

    You look beautiful, my dear friend… ammmmazing!
    I’ll have you know that I am about to make some macarons… it’s Sunday, after all. 🙂 I am still trying to work out the filling… not sure what I want. I’ll share them virtually with you and the rest of our readers. Take care! (((hugs)))

  7. Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis says:

    what I wouldn’t give to be in Paris, what a wonderful city, and I love Carol’s drawings, she would be my first choice to do the drawings for my book! I’m so happy to hear your book signing went well, will you be in the states to do any book signings?

    Your Macaroons are incredible as usual, the chocolate against that gorgeous raspberry looks heavenly!


  8. Janis
    Janis says:

    Beautiful! Sorry about the cold. Since you can’t taste with a cold can you please send the beautiful little morsels to me? Feel better soon, hon.

  9. Becky
    Becky says:

    Those chocolate raspberry macrons are lovely. I can’t wait t make them once I win the book:)

    Hope that you are feeling better soon. Chicken soup is good for a cold.

  10. Brandie
    Brandie says:

    That has to be my new favorite word: macaronivores. LOL – love it! Jill, the riot police are around because you are such a riot to be around! Enjoyed your pictures – you are such a lovely gal 🙂

  11. marina mott
    marina mott says:

    Hi!! First of all I hope you feel better soon!
    What a great weekend! I am Carl’s biggest fan! Love her paintings and her blog.
    Now I am your fan too! As I told you I bougth your book and I am wainting the delivery…I hope it comes fast! I am sure I will love it!
    I wish you a big sucess!!
    Kisses and hugs!
    Marina Mott

  12. Manu
    Manu says:

    Wish I was in Paris too! I used to go there often when living in Milan… from here it is not as easy… 😉
    Those chocolate-raspberry macarons sound sooooo delicious!!!! You are truly talented Jill!


  13. Jill
    Jill says:

    Hey, Adam! No worries: when you come to Paris we’ll have plenty of macaron days. Lots of tastings to do but don’t want any fat pants! 🙂

  14. Paris Pâtisseries
    Paris Pâtisseries says:

    Very cool. Sounds like you had a fun day! Clearly your book signing got out of cotrol, if the riot police had to be called 😉 I missed-out on macarons on macaron day, but I plan to have months of macarons soon — so I think that will make up for it. Can’t wait to sample yours. – Adam



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