Experience the sophisticated, rustic-chic charm of the celebrated, French-inspired Maman café right from home.
Welcome to Maman. Maman ("mother" in French) was created to fill a void that fiancés Elisa and Benjamin saw in the café scene--a beautiful, homey place where you could savor a delicious, freshly-baked cookie or quiche, and also gather with friends for a lively brunch as if in your own living room.
In their debut cookbook, the owners of this elegant and charming collection of cafés share the recipes of some of their bestselling baked goods and dishes alongside brand new ones. This collection of 100 recipes spans from breakfast to dessert and everything in between, all united by the sense of family-inspired tradition. Handed down through generations, this is the food that makes you feel at home while also appealing to modern tastes and design aesthetics. The spirit of the café is reflected in recipes like Banana Lavender Waffles with Vanilla Mascarpone, Roasted Delicata Squash, Hazelnut and Taleggio Focaccia Tartine, and the made-famous-by-Oprah Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie.
This book delivers the appeal of beloved French fare and café culture with its recipes and design. Maman: The Cookbook encourages the Francophile in you to create delicious café favourites and special moments in your own home.
About the authors
ELISA MARSHALL and BENJAMIN SORMONTE are the co-founders and owners of maman. Elisa, the Creative Director, oversees branding, communications, and events, and works with maman’s chefs to develop and fine tune maman’s recipes and menus. She’s also a contributing columnist for Martha Stewart online. As the CEO, Ben manages operations and business development, but he’s also the creative mind behind some of maman’s most beloved savory dishes. Together, Elisa and Ben design the interiors of all maman locations, which can be found throughout New York City, as well as in Montreal and Toronto.
“The first time I walked into maman to grab a croissant for my kids, I was lovestruck by the charm and effortless elegance of the bakery. What drew me back to maman several times a week was the menu: a little fussy, a touch rustic, and justthe right amount of sophistication that made eating the food feel like an act of self-love. This book is the perfect host gift but also one that will surely be earmarked, splashed with wine and chocolate from overuse, which in my mind is a smash.” —Erin McKenna, owner of Erin McKenna’s Bakery
“I’m such a big fan of maman’s coffee shops. The food, the drinks, the décor, everything is so lovely and thought through. No surprise, Elisa and Benjamin’s first cookbook is the same. Every page and recipe is so beautiful. It’s as delightful to flip through as it is to cook from.” —Kerry Diamond, founder of Cherry Bombe
“Maman is a stellar cookbook filled with mouthwatering and heartwarming recipes that, simply put, are food from the soul. Believe me when I tell you, this cookbook will forever have a space in your heart and in your kitchen.” —Diala Canelo, author of Diala’s Kitchen
“I am so happy to see Elisa and Ben’s work in print. Their thoughtfulness in the creation of their products and spaces translates beautifully onto these pages. As a bakery owner myself, one always hopes that your children love your spaces the most. This is not the case with my son Isaac, who loves maman more than Gjusta. From one maman to another, I celebrate you.” —Shelley Kleyn Armistead, CEO of Gjelina
“I am not just here for the blue-and-white china, although that alone would be enough!! Elisa and Ben’s beautiful book is filled with delightful food, topped with artisanal charm. This favorite NYC breakfast spot is now accessible to every home cook!” —Laurel Gallucci, cofounderand CEO of Sweet Laurel