Ten Minutes: Macarons

Like most things French, the macaron is both overrated and unpleasant. Not to be confused with the mighty macar*oo*n, a far less loony concoction of coconut dipped in chocolate, the macaron carries a cartoonish pastel shellac and a taste that is best described as uninspired. How this cookie obtained its vogue status is unknown, but their colorful exterior and purposely vague flavors like “rose” and “lavender poppy” suggest they make better decorations than desserts. Find them on centerpieces or in cocktail napkins, folded up, half-eaten and forgotten.