Experience the award-winning recipes for cookies, cakes, quiches, and croissants from maman, the beloved rustic-chic café
“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
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.
About the Author
Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte are the cofounders 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 is 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 just the 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, cofounder and CEO of Sweet Laurel