4 French Recipes from Dorie Greenspan

October 24, 2014

All week long, the lovely Dorie Greenspan is serving as a Guest Editor here at Food52, sharing recipes and stories from her latest book, Baking Chez Moi. We're also giving away a copy each day! Because we want to give the gift of Dorie.

Today: Let's take a sweet stroll down memory lane with Dorie Greenspan and her fabulous French recipes.

This week has been an embarrassment of riches -- straight from the kitchen of Dorie Greenspan. From Brigitte Bardot's favorite cake to classic Parisian macarons, Dorie has reminded us exactly why we love French food and the stories that surround it. The French are masters of effortless elegance and measured indulgence; their recipes make us feel fancy in an "Oh, this old thing?" kind of way.

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Dorie has ushered us into the world of French cuisine and made us feel at home there. Her meticulous detail and approachable writing draw us in and give us the confidence to tackle her recipes ourselves. We can't wait to delve deeper into Baking Chez Moi -- we've only just begun our love affair with its food.

More: Get the full story on why we love Dorie's latest book, Baking Chez Moi.

Tarte Tropézienne


Les Whoopies

More: Dorie gives us 5 Ways to Use a Spent Vanilla Bean.

Apple Tarte Flambée


Parisian Macarons

Photos by Alan Richardson

We're giving away a copy of Baking Chez Moi every day this week! To win today's copy, tell us in the comments: Have you ever made macarons at home? Or do they totally freak you out? We'll choose winners this Friday, October 24th. (U.S. entrants only, please!)





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Joan October 24, 2017
I made them at a cooking school in France,but was too overwhelmed to try it at home.
Maxine S. February 3, 2015
They freak me out sort of.
Deborah November 22, 2014
I need a book to help me, badly!!
Jennifer W. November 7, 2014
They terrify me, though I'd love to try. I'm an expert bread baker, not a pastry chef, though. :-(
Constance November 7, 2014
They totally freak me out!
Corinne November 1, 2014
I have made macarons at home and they didn't turn out like my favorite pistachio ones from Laduree...though they were still good. I would love to try the recipe from "Baking Chez Moi!"
Pallavi October 27, 2014
They look SO dainty and quite honestly, intimidating. I'd looooove to try these ( and accomplish this feat at the first attempt)
jill October 27, 2014
Made them once, they came out all flat and wonky-looking. Tasted great, looked ugly
Shannon M. October 27, 2014
Totally intimidated... I just get too impatient to do all the fussy steps. But I love them so I'm ever so grateful that others have the patience so that I might enjoy them! :-)
Jessica P. October 26, 2014
I would love to make them though they sound intimidating! I remember seeing a Master Chef episode where the contestants had to make them, 3 different flavors, and they all had to fit in the specific sized box. I don't think any of them got it right... I suppose practice makes perfect!
Karen K. October 26, 2014
I have seen an almond walnut macaron recipe in the French Market cookbook and I want to try it! It seems like a fun project!
opicurious October 26, 2014
I'd love to bake macarons. It's not easy to make, but always fun to work with meringue
Mix , pipe, dry and pop the to the oven! When you watch them to getting PIED from the oven window, it's a JOY!!
robinorig October 26, 2014
I have made French macarons once and have been dying to make them again! I went to a wedding in Versailles last year and they had the most gorgeous macarons that were bronze, silver, gold and copper. Now I'm intrigued to try It, as if they aren't difficult enough already! I love all my other Dorie Greenspan books, love making the world peace cookies and have been to one of her pop-up bakeries!
Kristin L. October 25, 2014
Lemon tarts with a fresh berry
Amy R. October 25, 2014
I made black sesame macarons a few years ago. I used a Japanese cookbook that David Lebovitz recommended, and it wasn't troublesome, just time consuming. I kind of enjoy a challenge, though. They were delicious!
Cat M. October 25, 2014
Cat Macers
I LOVE making macarons at home!!! I am at 15 different flavors
Eileen O. October 25, 2014
I've made macarons once, a couple of years ago. I really need to make them again, especially since I'm making the time to bake bread!
Kerry D. October 25, 2014
I love to bake but have to admit I have never made macarons. And now I am wondering why. Have to put that on my to-do list!
Orlane October 25, 2014
I have made macarons before and they came out fantastic even though I was freaking out the whole time. Now I come up with my own flavors
Kenna October 25, 2014
No I have not made them, however, my daughter in law's sister is an amazing cook and she recently made some for a party I attended. Now I'm curious.....they were delicious! Wondering if she used your recipe.