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Apr 12, 2014 11:21 AM

Food Network Magazine. Misspelled Item on Cover---Really?

OK. I am not a journalist, nor is it my job to spell correctly. However, today I discovered that any credibility the FN could possibly ooze from me is gone. Take a look at the picture I've uploaded. FN is telling us how to make "macaroons"--yet, there is a photo of a "macaron". Who edits this garbage anyway???? Do the Scripps Powers-that-be really think people are maca-orons????? There is no "English" translation for that little French delight.."Macaron" does NOT translate into "Macaroon" for Americans. A "Macaroon" is a moist little cookie chock-full of coconut. I'm sorry if I may seem a bit overactive on this but hey..come on now.......Am a wrong here??? My apologies for the sideways photo, but I was unable to rotate on my computer--I'm no wiz at the computer!

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  1. In the US, macaroon and macaron are fairly interchangeable. Macaron, of course, would be more correct but it's Food Network, not Le Cordon Bleu. Not knocking the Food Network's magazine (I'm a subscriber!) but it's not exactly meant for serious foodies.

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    1. re: Hobbert

      I get that--but editors get paid for a job they need to do correctly. It's all about the wording:)

      1. re: jarona

        Well, that's the thing though. Macaron is more correct but not absolutely correct. I'm on your side with the wording but I can imagine my mom complaining in the opposite direction- "Can you believe they left an 'o' out of macaroon?! Crazy!"

      2. re: Hobbert

        I disagree. They are not interchangeable. there may be a lack of understanding of the difference, but there is still a difference.

        1. re: babette feasts

          Not really. They both derive from the Italian maccarone or macherrone. In current usage, both are technically correct. Macaron is emerging as the cake like sweet and macaroon as the coconut sweet but it's not set in stone. Language evolves, of course, and it might be set one day.

      3. Whoops! That's pretty amusing.

          1. I am quietly thrilled that someone is bothered by misspellings. From time to time, I have mentioned misspellings on CH and been soundly castigated by the "spelling doesn't matter since you can understand the content" crowd. Bravo to those who still believe literacy is important.

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            1. re: Sherri

              Many thanks Sherri. The fact that someone is editing that rag and getting paid a handsome salary to check spelling is driving me nuts. Furthermore, the spelling of "macaron" as "macaroon" will have some poor soul possibly going to France and actually asking for "Mac-a-roons" is sad. How do I know this? Last year at CDG Airport a fellow American was asking where the "Mac-a-roon" could be purchased. The airport employee had no idea what this person was speaking about until nosey me chimed in with "she means macaron"....and THAT is why the spelling should be correct!

              1. re: jarona

                If it bothers you so much, just don't think about it.

              2. re: Sherri

                So that makes 7 of us. We few, we rueful few, we band of spellers..... But St. Crispin's Day's not till autumn...

                1. re: Sherri

                  I'm a true spelling, grammar, and punctuation snob, but I have to admit I grew up calling them macaroons. Midwestern U.S. parentage, I guess.

                  But I'm glad I read this thread, because I've always wondered if they were the same thing and was too embarrassed to ask.

                  1. re: EWSflash

                    But did you grow up eating macarons and calling them macaroons, or did you grow up eating macaroons?

                    1. re: EWSflash

                      No one can know everything. But the grammar and spelling fanatics are interested in learning and knowing more things today than yesterday.

                  2. They are two entirely different cookies.

                    An older item from Chow on the subject:

                    I'd gladly sample any number of properly-baked macarons, but no matter how well made, will never eat a macaroon (I loathe coconut.)

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                    1. re: mcsheridan

                      While I, on the other hand, would and could eat my fill with almondy/coconutty, sticky/gooey macaroons; but wouldn't consider noshing on a macaron. Vive la difference!

                      1. re: mcsheridan

                        Kindly ignore my previous statement, maybe...