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Experience the sophisticated, rustic-chic charm of the celebrated, French-inspired Maman caf� right from home Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte opened maman to fill a void in their hearts. They wanted to create a warm, cozy place for people to come together and savor a freshly baked madeleine or slice of savory quiche with the comfort and familiarity of being in thei Experience the sophisticated, rustic-chic charm of the celebrated, French-inspired Maman caf� right from home Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte opened maman to fill a void in their hearts. They wanted to create a warm, cozy place for people to come together and savor a freshly baked madeleine or slice of savory quiche with the comfort and familiarity of being in their own living room. This collection of 100 recipes spans bestselling dishes from their locations in New York City, Montreal, and Toronto--like Banana-Lavender Cornmeal Waffles with Vanilla Mascarpone, Cumin Chickpea Salad, and the Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies made famous by none other than Oprah. French café culture and urban-rustic design come together to create a cookbook as delicious as it is visually inspiring. Whether you'd like to make one of Elisa's naked cakes for a special occasion or a roasted chicken sandwich with basil aïoli for lunch, maman welcomes you with open arms.


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Experience the sophisticated, rustic-chic charm of the celebrated, French-inspired Maman caf� right from home Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte opened maman to fill a void in their hearts. They wanted to create a warm, cozy place for people to come together and savor a freshly baked madeleine or slice of savory quiche with the comfort and familiarity of being in thei Experience the sophisticated, rustic-chic charm of the celebrated, French-inspired Maman caf� right from home Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte opened maman to fill a void in their hearts. They wanted to create a warm, cozy place for people to come together and savor a freshly baked madeleine or slice of savory quiche with the comfort and familiarity of being in their own living room. This collection of 100 recipes spans bestselling dishes from their locations in New York City, Montreal, and Toronto--like Banana-Lavender Cornmeal Waffles with Vanilla Mascarpone, Cumin Chickpea Salad, and the Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies made famous by none other than Oprah. French café culture and urban-rustic design come together to create a cookbook as delicious as it is visually inspiring. Whether you'd like to make one of Elisa's naked cakes for a special occasion or a roasted chicken sandwich with basil aïoli for lunch, maman welcomes you with open arms.

30 review for Maman: The Cookbook: All-Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    When Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte went on their first date, they both shared how they dreamed of opening a restaurant. Elisa wanted to open a place that reminder her of the warm, comforting home she grew up in, in Montreal. Ben wanted a place to remind him of the French home he left behind to play college basketball in the States. It took them a while to find the right place, but when they came upon a former art gallery in New York City, they knew it had just the aesthetic they were want When Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte went on their first date, they both shared how they dreamed of opening a restaurant. Elisa wanted to open a place that reminder her of the warm, comforting home she grew up in, in Montreal. Ben wanted a place to remind him of the French home he left behind to play college basketball in the States. It took them a while to find the right place, but when they came upon a former art gallery in New York City, they knew it had just the aesthetic they were wanting, and Maman was born. Maman (that’s “mother” in French), the café, is a place where you can get coffee to ease into the day, share brunch with friends, turn lunch into a tasty respite, or order a cookie and a drink and find comfort in the welcoming atmosphere. Elisa and Ben have worked hard to turn each location into a place that reminded them of the homes they grew up in, and they want to share that with their customers. But if you’re not in New York City or Toronto or Montreal, and you want to find a taste of Maman wherever you are, you can start with the cookbook. Maman: The Cookbook is filled with stories about homemade food and time spent with family. In fact, the book starts off with letters from Elisa’s and Ben’s mothers, talking about how their kids got started in the kitchen and how their first restaurant came to be. It shows the depth of family support that (I imagine) you feel walking in the doors and the comfort and nourishment you get from the food. I haven’t had the privilege of visiting one of their restaurants in person, but reading this cookbook makes me feel like I know how it would feel there, and I think it would be delicious. The cookbook is divided into thee parts. There is breakfast and brunch, the meals for later in the day, and then the sweet stuff. The recipes are made for home cooks and meant to be shared with family and friends. Whether you’re making the Croissant Pain Perdu or the Heirloom Tomato and Sausage Casserole, the Olive Oil-Blood Orange Loaf or Provencal Eggs Ratatouille, the Cherry-Rosemary Crumble or Maman’s Breakfast Sandwich with Bourbon-Bacon Jam, you can find something that everyone will love. And that’s just their breakfast recipes. For when you’re hungry later in the day, there are a variety of quiche recipes, including the traditional Quiche Lorraine as well as quiches that they have created specifically for the restaurant and named for family and friends. There is a Summer Vegetable Spiral Tart that is a colorful beauty that would steal all the glory from any table, and their take on the king of French sandwiches, the Croque-Maman (it’s a favorite of mine; can you tell?). More sandwiches and salads are named for their supporters, like the Janice Tartine (Egg Salad with Avocado, Watermelon Radish, Pickles, and Sprouts) named for Elisa’s mother or the Julia Salad (Cumin Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Scallions) named for Ben’s. There is the Saucisson Pasta Salad, Sweet Corn Soup, Summer Strawberry Gazpacho, and a Red Wine, Mushroom, and Onion Soup. And then it’s time to get sweet. Here are the recipes for Maman’s Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate-Hazelnut Brownies, S’mores Cookie Bars, and Pumpkin-Maple Madeleines. There is Champagne Cake with Crème Fraiche and Strawberries, Ashleigh’s Carrot Cake with Brown Sugar-Cream Cheese Frosting, and a Mandarin Orange Chocolate Cheese Cake. There is the traditional French Tarte au Citron as well as modern creations like Lavender Hot Chocolate Tart with Chocolate Shortbread Crust and the Matcha Blueberry Tartlets. They even include recipes for some of their drinks (Earl Grey Tea Latte, Cinnamon Apple Cider, Rose and Elderflower Lemonade, or Holiday Sangria) as well as syrups that can be added to coffees. And there is a recipe for Crumpet’s Dog Cookies, so it really is for the whole family. The thing I loved most about Maman: The Cookbook is the sense of place that rings out. There is clearly a lot of personality in these cafes, and while I can’t be there in person, that feeling of being there comes through on these pages. The photography, the writing, the love of these restaurants, of these restaurateurs, fill these pages, and it is enchanting. I love that I can sit here in on my sofa and feel it all. A copy of Maman: The Cookbook was provided by Clarkson Potter for a free and unbiased review, with many thanks.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sungyena

    So much gush, almost off putting (is the story of how this couple met and fell in love really necessary?), but palpable all the work and effort that was made into the details. Menu is very comforting + elegant. This is a party menu book. An aesthetically beautiful artifact.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shipshapeeatworthy

    One weekly ritual my family looks forward to is Saturday morning breakfast because I often cook special recipes while listening to the radio. We sit together to enjoy good food (eaten off our "weekend plates") and great conversation. So, when I received a copy of Maman: The Cookbook by Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte with Lauren Salkeld, I looked forward to the prospect of introducing some new brunch-y recipes into our breakfast rotation. I've never had the pleasure of visiting Maman in NYC One weekly ritual my family looks forward to is Saturday morning breakfast because I often cook special recipes while listening to the radio. We sit together to enjoy good food (eaten off our "weekend plates") and great conversation. So, when I received a copy of Maman: The Cookbook by Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte with Lauren Salkeld, I looked forward to the prospect of introducing some new brunch-y recipes into our breakfast rotation. I've never had the pleasure of visiting Maman in NYC (or either of the Canadian locations in Montreal or Toronto), I think the recipes, photography, and design of the book give a good idea of what the real-life experience would be like: relaxed. The flat lay photos of rustic wooden farmhouse tables full of delicious-looking food on blue patterned transferware plates surrounded by vintage silverware and cups of coffee are warm and inviting. So much so that when I got to cooking and baking from Maman, I couldn't stop. With one delicious recipe, after another, I kept on cooking. We've enjoyed almost a dozen recipes from the book, and I've bookmarked many more to try. The recipes are organized into 3 main parts: Sunrise, All-Day Café, and Sweets and Sips. I think the authors have done an excellent job tailoring restaurant recipes for the home cook. Nothing was complicated to make and, while the menu is based on French cuisine, I appreciate the fact that there are no croissant recipes in the book. Any of the recipes using croissants do so by having the home cook buy them ready-made. It's not that I don't want to bake croissants but with a book that emphasizes the enjoyment of the meal, I'm not sure I want to spend hours making them. The Maman recipes are accessible and adaptable. The first recipe I made was the Banana-Lavender Cornmeal Waffles w/ Vanilla Mascarpone. What is really interesting about this recipe is the way it uses bananas -- by roasting them until blackened in the oven! By preparing the bananas in this way, they become richly sweet and adds moisture to the cornmeal (which can have a dry texture if not properly hydrated). Fluffy centres with a crispy crust are how I like my waffles! These were topped with a vanilla-infused whipped mascarpone which was another delicious textural element to the dish. While I've never been to Maman, one of the recipes took me back to my years growing up and living in Edmonton. Every so often when my sister and I would have a day off school my mom would take us downtown to have lunch with my dad and, if we were lucky, he would take us to The Creperie. Located in the basement of a building on 103rd street, it was a cozy, warm place to enjoy a meal -- one that always consisted of some type of savory-filled crepe (my sister and I always favored the Crepe St. Jacques or Crepe Miramar). Living so far away (the pandemic has made this distance seem impossibly vast), I was glad for the recipe for Crepes w/ Mushrooms, Gruyere, and Herbes de Provence from the Maman cookbook. With one bite I was instantly transported! And, while they give one type of filling, they suggest others in the notes. My mind is opening to a world of different combinations and themes. The Maman cookbook has also been just the thing for making delicious casual lunches and light suppers using its recipes for sandwiches, salads, and soups. I found the sandwich recipes could be prepped ahead of time so that the only thing I was doing at supper was assembling. My daughter and I love the Sophie Sandwich (Curried Cauliflower w/ Pickled Cucumbers, Pomegranate, and Mint Yogurt), and my husband enjoys the Jessalyn Sandwich (Halloumi w/ Eggplant, Cucumbers, and Pickled Red Onions). The Phyllis Salad (Apple and Cashew Spinach Salad w/ Curry Vinaigrette) was mouth-watering! The perfect combination of flavours and textures. And now that the autumn evenings are cool, soup is just the thing to warm us up -- the recipe for Sweet Corn Soup is delightful! I had frozen some farmer's market corn from the summer that I used to make the recipe and I loved the idea of garnishing the soup with toasted salted corn nuts. I've also found recipes that make good after school snacks. The Vanilla Oatmeal Raisin* Cookies (I took their suggestion and subbed in dried tart cherries and a handful of chocolate chips) and the Chouquettes were instant favourites, with my daughter making weekly requests for the sugar-covered "puffs." When we open the door after walking home from school, I love how the house smells -- warm and sweet. While the primary reason to bake is to eat the results, I find an inordinate amount of comfort from the smells that baking produces. Maman: The Cookbook is full of casual, all-day recipes to enjoy. The experience of visiting a Maman café is wonderfully transcribed through the recipes -- the café feels like home and, your home feels like the café in all the best, most delicious ways. Please note that this is an excerpt of a review posted to www.shipshapeeatworthy.wordpress.com I would like to take this opportunity to thank Penguin Canada for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    "Maman: The Cookbook: All-Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart" is a cookbook, a memoir, and a love story. Husband and wife team Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall, creators and co-owners of Maman (French for Mother) have crafted a very special brand for their restaurants, catering and event business, and designer paper products with pop-up shops, stationery, and a party collection. Their beautiful trademark blue and white prints have a rustic elegance all their own. Both Elisa and Benjamin were rai "Maman: The Cookbook: All-Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart" is a cookbook, a memoir, and a love story. Husband and wife team Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall, creators and co-owners of Maman (French for Mother) have crafted a very special brand for their restaurants, catering and event business, and designer paper products with pop-up shops, stationery, and a party collection. Their beautiful trademark blue and white prints have a rustic elegance all their own. Both Elisa and Benjamin were raised in big, loving families--Elisa in Canada and Benjamin in France--where their mamans instilled in them a love of great food and cooking. Each of the mamans were instrumental in creating the menus, decor, atmosphere, and sense of community that epitomizes the Maman brand. The cookbook features 100 recipes from around the world, and they are divided into sections titled "Sunrise", "All-Day Cafe", and "Sweets and Sips". The book is filled with beautiful color photos of food and more. A section called "Equipment" lists essential tools and some helpful items to have on hand. The recipes are amazing, and, so far, I have tried one recipe from each section. A southern girl like me simply could not resist "Maman's Breakfast Sandwich with Bourbon-Bacon Jam". This is a big, both hands required, meal on a bun. Layers of tomato, egg, and avocado are bought together by a generous amount of rich bourbon-bacon jam (recipe included). Quiche is one of my favorites, and I chose classic "Quiche Lorraine"--its savory goodness enhanced here by nutmeg. sea salt, and freshly-ground black pepper. "Ashleigh's Carrot Cake with Brown-Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting" was my sweet treat--a delicious confection filled with spices, carrots, pineapple and walnuts. I am not ashamed to say that I could have eaten the whole bowl of frosting by itself with a spoon. There are many more recipes, both savory and sweet, that I look forward to trying very soon. To give the food an authentic Maman ambience, I will be serving it on my own pretty set of vintage blue and white dishes. Disclosure: "I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    A gorgeous cookbook, much like the Maman cafe near to my house. Lots of recipes of some of their best eats (though they were missing a few recipes of their items that I really enjoyed). I plan on trying to make a few of these delightful recipes myself. Yum.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashani

    Added Maman to check in the future NY trip!!! This book is beautiful and all those blue and white combo stole my heart . It's so impressive to see how a person with non culinary training have achieved this much of success:hats off to them🎉 Added Maman to check in the future NY trip!!! This book is beautiful and all those blue and white combo stole my heart . It's so impressive to see how a person with non culinary training have achieved this much of success:hats off to them🎉

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Larsen Hodson

    I haven’t been this excited for a cookbook in ages. Maman is stunning and wonderful and the recipes are ones that you actually cannot wait to make.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    A well crafted and curated collection of recipes. I found many useful, delicious and creative recipes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    What a beautiful book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I love going to Maman when I'm downtown. Their quiche lorraine is wonderful - and the recipe is in the cookbook - so I bought the book! I love going to Maman when I'm downtown. Their quiche lorraine is wonderful - and the recipe is in the cookbook - so I bought the book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reading Fool

    This is a lovely cookbook, written by the owners of the cafe/bakery named maman, which also celebrates French cafe culture and rustic chic design. There are so many recipes here that I want to try (I also have to make it to one of their locations!). I have prepared a few. I served Quiche Esther to my book club recently, and it was a huge hit. This quiche contains butternut squash and kale and is a great veggie option. At the same book club meeting I made Ashleigh's Carrot Cake for dessert. This This is a lovely cookbook, written by the owners of the cafe/bakery named maman, which also celebrates French cafe culture and rustic chic design. There are so many recipes here that I want to try (I also have to make it to one of their locations!). I have prepared a few. I served Quiche Esther to my book club recently, and it was a huge hit. This quiche contains butternut squash and kale and is a great veggie option. At the same book club meeting I made Ashleigh's Carrot Cake for dessert. This may now be my go-to carrot cake recipe. It was enjoyed by all, and my friends asked me for the recipe. The photos in this book are wonderful - I always appreciate cookbooks that have an accompanying photo for each recipe. This is a cookbook for all levels of baker/cook. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mali

  13. 4 out of 5

    KL

  14. 5 out of 5

    Silke

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lu

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marianna

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rae Lipkin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Campbell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mainstay Kitchen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Emmons

  28. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve St-Amant-Proulx

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 4 out of 5

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