Monday, 9 July 2018

Creative Baking: Macaron Basics

Update 2/10/2018:
Great news! Creative Baking: Macaron Basics is now available in Singapore's major bookstores! I am also conducting two classes based on the designs in the book in November and December. Please click on this link for the unicorn macaron class in November and this link for the Christmas lollipop macaron class in December.

Update 17/8/2018:
Pre-orders for Creative Baking: Macaron Basics is open from 18-28 August.


Those of you who want to order from outside of Singapore, do send an email to booksorder101@gmail.com. You will receive a quote for the book plus shipping charges before you commit to the purchase.

After the pre-order period, the respective expected release dates are:

US release date -- April 2019
This will be for all customers in Canada, North Central and South America.
UK release date -- January 2019
This will be for the Book Depository, and the rest of Europe, Australia and India.
South Africa
Marshall Cavendish has a South African distributor, so those of you in South Africa who are interested can order the books according to the Singapore publication date.  

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The photoshoot is finally over! Thank God for a wonderful team and very smooth phototaking session! The purpose of this blog post is to share what went on during the photography session and I may use this post for any updates about the book in the future. Keep in mind that these are photos of photos taken on screen using my phone camera so what's going to appear in the book will be more beautiful. Presenting my second macaron book, Creative Baking: Macaron Basics!



The focus of Creative Baking: Macaron Basics is different from my first macaron book, Creative Baking: Macarons. Although there is a little overlap in the sense that the basic Italian method is covered for both, I decided to introduce the French method in this book as most homebakers will find the French method easier. Macaron Basics focuses more on different techniques to create various features or designs whereas my first book focuses on a larger variety of designs based on different themes, and the use of natural sources of food colouring for colouring the shells.

Rest assured that although this second book has less designs (total of 14), they are carefully selected such that they are relatively simple and are suitable for special occasions, but yet unique enough, such as...

Valentine's Day

Mother's Day (or Valentine's Day too)

Or even Chinese New Year!

I doubt that you can find any other book giving you instructions on how to make hemispherical macarons...


Or create pretty swirls like these 😉


I had my moments of cute overload too! When I saw the team working on setting up the chick macarons,


I couldn't help but exclaim "Oh my! So cute!!"


Of course the unicorn carousel made it to this book too!


It may seem complex but it's actually made up of fairly basic pieces. I cover how you should make macaron structures in this book too.

Much as the carousel is pretty, we felt that it shouldn't be the center of attention for the book cover as the book title implies something "Basic". After some discussion, we decided to include a deconstructed version of the carousel in the foreground to better reflect what the title of the book (and aim of the book) says. And that is why my hand ended up on the book cover too 😅.

I also included some updates in the recipes for fillings and FAQ/ troubleshooting sections so this is a great companion book to my first one. Templates and links to video tutorials are also provided in the book.

Macaron Basics is expected to be available in stores in Singapore end September/early October. The book will be available on Amazon, Book Depository and Kindle in due time. For those who want to know, the ISBN is 9789814828604.

Keep a lookout for updates!

With love,
Phay Shing

8 comments:

  1. It's a great pleasure looking at yr creations! Continue to amaze us with your awesome macarons! Fighting

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  2. Amazing work and talent! Congrats on your new book! Can’t wait to buy one!

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  3. Hi,
    I just send out email to booksorder101@gmail.com to pre order one piece for France.
    I had your first book and like it a lot.
    Hope it works (pre-order and shipping to France):-)
    Thank a lot for your recipe
    Chinthoi

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    1. Thank you for your support! Another party is willing to help me with international preorders so I am thankful for that. I hope you will receive the second book in due time too!

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  4. Hi,
    Just have the answer from booksorder101 today. With the shipping charges, it will double the price (and more) to receive the book in France. Sorry but I think I'll pre order via Amazon, I've to wait until January 2019 :-)
    Chinthoi

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    1. Hi Chinthoi,
      Thank you for letting me know! I didn't know it's so expensive 😱. Yes please wait for the official release then. Thank you for your support 😘

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