My foolish children objected to the coconut, but I loved everything about David Lebovitz's bouncy little marshmallows. Lebovitz calls for unsweetened coconut but next time (and there will be one) I'm trying sweetened coconut for an Almond Joy effect. Sadly, Lebovitz doesn't offer this recipe on his blog, but he did write a little essay about his inspiration which you can read here.
In other news, my review of Michael Ruhlman's Ratio ran in Slate the other day. It was shockingly hard to write because I had so many conflicting thoughts and feelings about the book, so I ended up focusing mostly on my demented, happy experience cooking with his ratios. Baking Epiphanies (who has been baking some crazy-beautiful tres leches cupcakes) pointed out that Ruhlman responded warmly to the piece on his blog. And so he did, though he was obviously ruffled by my description of the book as "pompous." He and some of his commenters made me wonder if had misused the word so I looked it up in the dictionary and decided I hadn't. I thought the book was pompous -- but also "fascinating!" Let's not forget "fascinating!"
Actually, he's very cool about it. If I were him, I would have fixated on the "pompous" and been unable to see past it at all.