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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook [Hardcover]

Deb Perelman
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Book Description

Oct. 30 2012

The long-awaited cookbook from the food-blogging phenomenon Deb Perelman -- home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated author of
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about uncompromised, but utterly approachable, home cooking: comfort foods stepped up, birthday cakes from scratch, stews for winter afternoons, and an apple cake that will answer all your dessert desires. Here are more than 100 recipes you'll use so often they'll feel like your own; recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time, all accompanied by Deb's gorgeous colour photos.
This cookbook will capture the sensibility of the Smitten Kitchen blog, both visually and with its content. The elements that have made the blog so popular -- Perelman's warmly engaging voice, stunning photography, and accessible, scrumptuous recipes--will be seamlessly translated to the page. Needless to say, it will not disappoint the millions of Smitten Kitchen fans are eagerly awaiting this book.

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Praise for Deb Perelman and
“A blog with a wonderfully homey feel . . . [Pereleman’s] creations are . . . mouthwatering.”
—Time, a Best Blog of 2011
“For four years, Deb Perelman has been blogging her cooking pursuits from her tiny New York City kitchen as a newlywed and then as a new mother. This is the result of hours spent perfecting her own recipes and interpreting those of the best food publications out there. Some of the recipes featured can be complicated, but you have Deb’s warm chatter, funny anecdotes, encyclopedic knowledge of food and cookbooks, cooking, and gorgeous photography getting you through it. She’s a farmers’ market shopper and hence her blog is completely seasonal, and archived that way as well. You'll see her tackle the impossible—a wedding cake—and the very simple, ‘How to Turn a Bucket of Cheap Tomatoes into a Perfect Pot of Sauce.’ Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook?”
—Gwyneth Paltrow, on her blog GOOP
“Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Warm and encouraging, the photos are pure food porn, and the something-for-everyone recipes sound sublime.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Perelman’s thoughtful prose and sometimes humorous posts read like an e-mail from your best friend—only with better photos.”
—Better Homes and Gardens
“An enthusiastic kitchen amateur chronicles her adventures, offering a mix of easy recipes, smart and witty commentary, and beautiful photos.”
—Real Simple
“One of our favorite cooking blogs . . . We are big fans of Deb Perelman—the founder, cook, writer, and photographer behind the whole operation—and her gorgeous food photos, simple recipes, and charming voice.”
—Everyday Food

About the Author

Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook and photographer; and the creator of, 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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid series of down-home recipes Nov. 12 2012
I've been on a bit of a recipe book kick recently, so I was curious to read what the fuss was over the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. It's based on the author's blog. While many of the specific recipes in here aren't online, you can often find similar ones online. So why buy this book? Well, it has a few things going for it.

First, the recipes are interesting and well executed. Each comes with its own back story (often involving her mother) and each generally comes with multiple pictures depicting the recipe at different stages. That's a great idea that I wish more books did. Yes, it's important to know what the final product should look like, but it's also helpful to know what it should look like halfway through the recipe. It's true that many of these intermediate pictures are on the smaller side, but something is better than nothing. The recipes themselves are generally intermediate in difficulty and don't use too many exotic ingredients, so they should be accessible to most home cooks.

There are a lot of breakfast recipes (17), a lot of lunch recipes (24), a reasonable number of main dishes (25, half of which are vegetarian), and a LOT of dessert recipes (40 cake, cookie, pie, snacks, and drink recipes). Perelman's northern European Jewish heritage shines through in many classic traditional Jewish recipes such as challah bread or potato latkes (one of my favorite recipes in the book). She adds a dash of international flavors, heavy on the Mediterranean ones, to round out her recipes. So it's a good mix of comfort foods and more modern cuisine. She rounds out the book with some basic tips that are generally quite helpful (measuring, equipping your kitchen, and common names or substitutions for some ingredients).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I've waited for this book for a long time. Nov. 29 2012
As an avid follower of the Smitten Kitchen Blog, I've been looking forward to this cookbook for awhile. The minute I got it, I read it, and I've never read a cookbook before. The is an excellent balance of recipes in this book, especially for someone with a vegetarian husband. Usually when I buy a cookbook, the majority of it I cannot use because they are all meat dishes. But this book actually has balance and provides actual vegetarian MEALS, not just side dishes.

There is also a good balance of complexity - with everything from easy slow cooker meals (Black Bean Ragout, YUM) and quick weekday sandwiches to complicated desserts. So far, everything I've tried has turned out the way it is supposed to which is something I've always loved about her blog. I hate to put a whole bunch of time and ingredients into something only to have it turn out badly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Jan. 2 2013
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I borrow many cookbooks from the library, but I wanted to buy The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. It has so many good new recipes, but several old standbys as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smitten! Jan. 14 2014
Food porn at its best. Interesting, lively writing combined with good food. I have taste- tested several recipes (the grilled cheese with sweet and sour onion is delicious) and look forward to working my way through the rest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Dec 2 2012
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This book feels like Deb poured her soul into it. Amazing and heartfelt like her blog. Great instructions and helpful tips. Beautiful photos. A must-buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! Nov. 26 2012
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I had pre-ordered this book as soon as it was available and it came a little while ago. Had a chance to make a couple of the recipes and I love Deb's warm and chatty writing style. Great pictures, great recipes. One of my favorite bloggers of all time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent, concise and wonderful photos. Bravo Deb! I am now buying it for my future daughter in law! Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the website, love the book! Aug. 2 2013
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Just a great book... easy to read, easy to follow instructions, and great recipes that mirror the author's web site.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
Its okay, was a little disappointed in the recipies, but will keep it and use it as a gift for a cookbook collector.
Published 18 days ago by Karen A. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
Originally got this from the library, but had to buy. Every recipe I've tried (seriously, every single one) has become a regular favourite. Healthy, but still indulgent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Garrett Green
5.0 out of 5 stars A great success
I bought this cookbook for my daughter and she absolutely loves it. I guess that says it all.
Published 1 month ago by Gramma B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
I love this book. I made the Peach dumplings (had to substitute apple) and it was amazing. Some pretty awesome basic pastry recipes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lola
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Published 2 months ago by Helga P.
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A great little resource in the kitchen
Published 2 months ago by Linda Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favourite cooking website is now my favourite cooking book!
Published 2 months ago by Miros
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum! A must buy
This is a really great book. I love the easy but very tasty recipes. I've already tried a few that will be added to my normal repertoire.
Published 7 months ago by K Decock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cookbook
This book was given as a gift to my daughter, who reports that all the recipes tried have been great.
Published 8 months ago by Tom Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to try some recipes.
Some cookbooks are read for fun or foodie history and commentary. Some you want because you want new recipes. This looks to be the latter and I'm anxious to start cooking. Read more
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