Meringues are treats that are often underappreciated, pushed into the background to make way for cookies and other baked goods that are richer, heavier and more decadent. Meringues may be simple – made with just two basic ingredients – but their light, airy texture can be a wonderful change of pace from more overtly indulgent goodies. Meringue Girls aims to show readers that not only are meringues delicious, but they can be surprisingly fun to play around with in the kitchen once you have the basic technique down.
The book starts off with meringue basics, including the Meringue Girls’ basic meringue mixture and a variety of piping and flavoring techniques. Once you have the basics, you can move into the other chapters of the book, which include recipes for filled meringue kisses, summer and winter meringue desserts and meringues for special occasions. Just flipping through the book will make you realize that meringues are more versatile than you imagined! The book also includes a section on ways to use up leftover egg yolks, so you don’t need to worry about ending up with dozens of yolks in your fridge when you’re on a meringue-making kick.
Meringues aren’t a food that is immediately associated with “fun,” but this book really presents them in a whole new light. The meringues showcased in the book’s photos are bright and colorful, almost jumping off the page. They’re also presented in a way that makes them seem extremely approachable, with piping techniques that even someone trying meringues for the first time won’t feel intimidated by. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll find that you’re making meringues a lot more often since they’re so simple, yet so versatile, and you should always have the ingredients needed to make a batch on hand in your kitchen.