I know that the French macaron is as controversial and divisive as the cupcake; people either love them or hate them, are fascinated by them or scoff at their inexplicable popularity.
Lenôtre, Dalloyau, Gérard Mulot... whisper just one of these magical names to any sweet tooth in the know and you will see eyes light up, lips twitch into a smile and the word macaron will roll gently off of the tongue, escape on a sigh.