The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

by Deb Perelman
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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

The New York Times bestselling, IACP award-winning cookbook (and a Cooking Light Top 100 Cookbook of the Last 25 Years) from the celebrated food blogger and founder of
Look for Deb Perelman’s new book, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites, coming October 24, 2017.

Deb Perelman loves to cook. 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. Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?
With the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, is known for, here Deb presents more than 100 recipes—almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site—that guarantee delicious results every time.
Gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful color photographs, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking. Here you’ll find better uses for your favorite vegetables: asparagus blanketing a pizza; ratatouille dressing up a sandwich; cauliflower masquerading as pesto. These are recipes you’ll bookmark and use so often they become your own, recipes you’ll 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 her favorite summer cocktail; how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd; 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 galettes; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307595652
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 35,134
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Dele2451 More than 1 year ago
Everything about this cookbook is right: The recipes are delicious and use accessible ingredients. The instructions are clear and precise without making you want to stick a fork in your eye. The variety is fresh and something you really want to eat. And the refined rustic photography is gorgeous. This book isn't about the fancy foodie bookdrops--it's about the ingredients. Sure to be a hit with cooks of all levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Deb's blog for a long time now, and this book does not disappoint. Gorgeous photography as always, and witty stories to go with the (of course) delicious recipes. Love the variety, love the creativity, and of course I'm sure I'll love how everything tastes once I start cooking : ) Really wonderful book.
Karmakazi More than 1 year ago
This book is fun! Great variety of recipes but all very accessible to the average at home cook. She has tried and tested until she found what worked perfectly and now we can all benefit from it. Thank you Deb!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently downsized from a 3BR ranch to a tiny apartment. The kitchen is certainly smitten! Brings me back to college days. This book is for you if you are in my boat. From the gourmet, double-oven fully stocked kitchen of yore, this book has taught me not only how to minimalize equipment, but how to maximize taste! It will certainly keep you organized. Great job, Deb! Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid cookbook collector and cook/baker. This is a fabulous book. Deb Perelman was born to tell stories and cook! I find the book easy to follow and haven't been disappointed in a recipe yet. Wonderful, just like her blog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Deb's blog and her recipes and had high hopes for the cookbook. She does not disappoint. The cookbook is filled with tempting recipes, good instructions and tips. Her fun style comes through, and her photographs make your mouth water. I'm glad to have bought the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is so wonderful and creative! Her connection with each recipe makes me want to make and the pictures are beautiful! Everything is so delicious!
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Last week, I found a copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman and I promptly purchased it. It's a gorgeous cookbook, written by a popular blogger who cooks in her tiny New York City apartment kitchen, which is no bigger than mine. (So there goes my excuse that the reason I can't cook anything in my kitchen because it's too small.) I love that for each recipe Perelman gives the reader a little story about how she came up with the recipe. The ingredients are listed to the side, along with directions, and sometimes a 'cooking note' or 'do ahead' suggestion. The photos in the book are simply stunning. I drooled just looking at them (the potato frittata with feta and scallions, butternut squash and caramelized onion galette, and peach dumplings with bourbon hard sauce in particular caught my eye), and there are 452 full color illustrations in the book for those of you who like your cookbooks with photos. (Which I do) The book is divided into the typical sections- Breakfast, Salad, Main Dishes- and close to one-third of the book is devoted to Sweets. At the end, she has a chapter, How To Throw a Dinner Party, that gives you a entire party's worth of appetizers and a few drink recipes that you could follow in its entirety to host a smashing get-together that will impress your friends. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is not for beginning cooks. I'd put this in the category for fans of Martha Stewart or maybe The Barefoot Contessa (if you know what grissini and gougeres are, this book is for you). It is a gorgeous book, and would make a lovely gift for someone you know who is an accomplished and enthusiastic cook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you rethink what you can do in your kitchen. The recipes are interesting whether or not you ever use them. Check this out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous cookbook. I could hardly wait to try the recipes. They are easy to do, have simple ingredients, and are very tasty. The pictures are beautiful and show how to mix ingredients. I have given more of these books than any other cookbook. I have found more recipes in this book that I like than any other cookbook that I have. And I have a lot. Thank you, Deb. BookloverHV
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HappyCookerSB More than 1 year ago
Great recipes with enough detail and didn't see any that were too difficult, but then I do like a challenge. Have made several things and my co-workers liked. Fun reading the intros to each recipe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is an absolute treat! I am not a regular reader of her blog, but thought the cookbook looked beautiful and the recipes were unique. I have not been disappointed. I have made several of the recipes and they were absolutely delicious. They were a little bit involved, but with excellent instructions and photos. The results were definitely worth it!!
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Kyblossom More than 1 year ago
I am a cookbook collector and thought this would be a nice addition. However, I found few recipes in the book I would actually make.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delicious recipes and delightful commentary!! Strongly recommend this cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read her blog constantly, so when I first heard she was coming out with a cookbook I was so excited. The cookbook is beautiful, and the recipes are eclectic. Can't wait for volume 2!