The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

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9 Critic Reviews

This fearless home cook’s humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog–gone–book that translates beautifully into any kitchen.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen—home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated food blogger.

Deb Perelman loves to cook. It’s as simple as that. She isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner—she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, for special occasions—and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. How do you choose? Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?

Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to finding the best of the best and adapting them for the everyday cook—the ones with little time to spare, little money to burn on unpronounceable ingredients, and little help in the kitchen. And now, with the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Deb presents her first cookbook—more than 100 new recipes, plus a few favorites from her site, all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of Deb’s beautiful color photographs.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking: stepped-up comfort foods, stewy dishes for windy winter afternoons, an apple cake that will answer all questions: “What should my new signature dessert be?” “What is always welcome at a potluck?” “What did Deb consume almost single-handedly a week after having a baby?” These are the recipes you bookmark and use so often they become your own; recipes you slip to a friend who wants to impress her new in-laws; and recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time. Deb tells you how to host a brunch and still sleep in—plus what to make for it!—and the essential items you need for your own kitchen. From salads and slaws that make perfect side dishes (or a full meal) to savory tarts and pizzas; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Pancetta, White Bean and Swiss Chard Pot Pies; from Buttered Popcorn Cookies to Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.
 

About Deb Perelman

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Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook and photographer; and the creator of SmittenKitchen.com, an award-winning blog with a focus on stepped-up home cooking through unfussy ingredients. In previous iterations of her so-called career, she's been a record store shift supervisor, a scrawler of "happy birthday" on bakery cakes, an art therapist, and a technology reporter. She likes her current gig-the one where she wakes up and cooks whatever she feels like that day-the best. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is her first book. Deb lives in New York City with her husband and delicious baby son.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Knopf. 336 pages
Genres: Cooking, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 01 2012

This fearless home cook’s humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog–gone–book that translates beautifully into any kitchen.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
on Oct 30 2012

Despite a couple of misses, features appealingly homey foods.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on Oct 01 2012

Perelman’s exhaustive research in her tiny NYC kitchen yields some—lucky for us!—spectacular results in beautiful full color.

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The Boston Globe

Good
on Nov 06 2012

It took six years for book to follow blog, but her fans are likely to find “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” worth the wait.

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Zimbio

Excellent
on Oct 31 2012

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking.

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Cape Ann Beacon

Excellent
on Nov 14 2012

The only thing wrong with this book is the lack of an interactive comment section.

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The Akron Beacon Journal

Good
on Dec 25 2012

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (Knopf, $35) has the same homey, simple recipes and writing as the blog, and photography that has the rich look of old paintings.

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DC Spotlight Newspaper

Good
Reviewed by Miriam Laufer on Dec 01 2012

...with attention to every last second and pinch, your recipe will finally be right. The recipes in the book are fastidiously recorded to make them perfectly replicable.

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Ken Greenleaf

Good
on Nov 28 2012

Without downplaying the tastiness of her cooking, it's safe to say that her just-between-you-and-me writing style has played a large part in her success. Well, that and her food-porn photos.

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