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ISBN13: 9780307595652
ISBN10: 030759565x
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The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen — home cook, photographer, and celebrated food blogger.

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?

So Deb founded her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor can — and should — be delicious... every time. Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to creating and finding the best of the best and adapting the recipes for the everyday cook.

And now, with the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Deb presents her first cookbook: more than 100 recipes — almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site — all 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.

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"A tiny kitchen and great eats are the winning formula for popular New York City food blogger Deb Perelman, confessed 'picky' and 'obsessive' self-taught cook of smittenkitchen.com blogging fame. In her first cookbook, awaited by an enormous fan base, Perelman shares her undisguised love of cooking and 300 recipes that come out of her apartment's postage stamp — size kitchen. Driven by curiosity and a desire to share her cooking discoveries, Perelman delivers a collection of lab notes from well-tested culinary experiments and open dialogue with blog fans whose questions Deb credits with having 'fine-tuned my cooking by forcing me to question everything.' What makes the best roast chicken? How can you make gnocchi light as pillows? She approaches each cooking challenge with aplomb, breaking the mold while inspiring readers to work with whatever challenges a tiny kitchen, limited budget, equipment, or untried recipes present. What better way to convince a friend of the virtues of popcorn than by combining it with a buttery brown sugar cookie? Perelman's love of strawberry shortcake inspires a biscuit-as-cradle for juicy tomatoes topped with whipped goat cheese. Included are a great number of vegetarian recipes. This fearless home cook's humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog — gone — book that translates beautifully into any kitchen and fulfills Perelman's promise to help cooks prepare food that both 'she and you will love.' Photos. Agent: Alison Fargis." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is nothing short of stunning. Deb's photos are breathtaking, and her collection of recipes — a marvelous combination of familiar/reassuring and urban/daring — is just glorious. I had no idea how Deb could possibly outdo what she already does so beautifully on her website, but she has. The bar for cookbooks has officially been set." Ree Drummond, author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Review:

"Deb Perelman is the no-nonsense girlfriend who tells you what's what in the kitchen. The one who always knows exactly what you're in the mood for, how to make the best version of it, and, most important, how to save you from screwing it up. Perelman is a little bossy, and a lot opinionated. But you adore her for it. She will do right by you when you need that potluck dish, that birthday cupcake. You'll soak up every word of her confident, amusing writing, you'll be beguiled by her gorgeous food photography — you'll be smitten, indeed." Amanda Hesser, co-founder of Food52.com and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook

Review:

"This is the book that every cook needs in their kitchen. Deb's obsession with getting it right, and her practical cooking tips garnered from cooking in a modest kitchen, ensure that anyone will have the same success that her millions of followers, including me, have come to expect. I want to cook each and every one of these recipes — right now!" David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris

Review:

"I've been waiting for this book for a long time. It is a 320-page gem of well-tested, beautifully photographed, wonderfully curated recipes. Part of the brilliance here is the range of inspiration — weeknight-friendly recipes, treats sure to win hearts and smiles, and plenty of family-style inspiration for potlucks and get-togethers." Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day

Review:

"Warm and encouraging, the photos are pure food porn, and the something-for-everyone recipes sound sublime." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion." O, The Oprah Magazine

Review:

"An enthusiastic kitchen amateur chronicles her adventures, offering a mix of easy recipes, smart and witty commentary, and beautiful photos." Real Simple

About the Author

Deb Perelman likes bourbon, artichokes, things that taste like burnt sugar, and baked goods with funny names. Her writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Living and on Epicurious.com, NPR.com, BonAppetit.com, and Parenting.com, as well as in other publications. Deb lives in New York City with her husband, Alex, and their son, Jacob.

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Andrea Fideler, January 7, 2014 (view all comments by Andrea Fideler)
I followed Deb's blog pretty closely for most of its journey up to this cookbook, so I wasn't too surprised at the overall rich nature of the recipes. At a time when everything in my kitchen was trying so hard to be healthy and light, it was a welcome reminder that down-home, comfort style food still had a place in our repertoire. Her writing style is casual and intimate, making recipes easy to follow. The photography is lovely and enticing. The ingredients are common and easy to obtain.

Buy this book if you want stories behind recipes, backgrounds on some tools/ingredients, and the best baked french toast recipe I've ever had.

Don't buy this book if you want to loose weight (!).
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somnium, January 21, 2013 (view all comments by somnium)
Just gotta love it.. Perfect just perfect.
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casey52, December 13, 2012 (view all comments by casey52)
Deb Perelman is not just talented at cooking and photography, she has made a personal connection with the legions of avid readers on her blog. She is also a good storyteller, which sets her apart from those who are just publishing to extend their brand or sell a message. She takes you along with her on a regular path of discovery about creating good food at home, having fun with it, as it should be.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307595652
Author:
Perelman, Deb
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Seasonal
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Desserts
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.41 x 8.28 x 1.07 in 2.82 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A tiny kitchen and great eats are the winning formula for popular New York City food blogger Deb Perelman, confessed 'picky' and 'obsessive' self-taught cook of smittenkitchen.com blogging fame. In her first cookbook, awaited by an enormous fan base, Perelman shares her undisguised love of cooking and 300 recipes that come out of her apartment's postage stamp — size kitchen. Driven by curiosity and a desire to share her cooking discoveries, Perelman delivers a collection of lab notes from well-tested culinary experiments and open dialogue with blog fans whose questions Deb credits with having 'fine-tuned my cooking by forcing me to question everything.' What makes the best roast chicken? How can you make gnocchi light as pillows? She approaches each cooking challenge with aplomb, breaking the mold while inspiring readers to work with whatever challenges a tiny kitchen, limited budget, equipment, or untried recipes present. What better way to convince a friend of the virtues of popcorn than by combining it with a buttery brown sugar cookie? Perelman's love of strawberry shortcake inspires a biscuit-as-cradle for juicy tomatoes topped with whipped goat cheese. Included are a great number of vegetarian recipes. This fearless home cook's humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog — gone — book that translates beautifully into any kitchen and fulfills Perelman's promise to help cooks prepare food that both 'she and you will love.' Photos. Agent: Alison Fargis." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is nothing short of stunning. Deb's photos are breathtaking, and her collection of recipes — a marvelous combination of familiar/reassuring and urban/daring — is just glorious. I had no idea how Deb could possibly outdo what she already does so beautifully on her website, but she has. The bar for cookbooks has officially been set."
"Review" by , "Deb Perelman is the no-nonsense girlfriend who tells you what's what in the kitchen. The one who always knows exactly what you're in the mood for, how to make the best version of it, and, most important, how to save you from screwing it up. Perelman is a little bossy, and a lot opinionated. But you adore her for it. She will do right by you when you need that potluck dish, that birthday cupcake. You'll soak up every word of her confident, amusing writing, you'll be beguiled by her gorgeous food photography — you'll be smitten, indeed."
"Review" by , "This is the book that every cook needs in their kitchen. Deb's obsession with getting it right, and her practical cooking tips garnered from cooking in a modest kitchen, ensure that anyone will have the same success that her millions of followers, including me, have come to expect. I want to cook each and every one of these recipes — right now!"
"Review" by , "I've been waiting for this book for a long time. It is a 320-page gem of well-tested, beautifully photographed, wonderfully curated recipes. Part of the brilliance here is the range of inspiration — weeknight-friendly recipes, treats sure to win hearts and smiles, and plenty of family-style inspiration for potlucks and get-togethers."
"Review" by , "Warm and encouraging, the photos are pure food porn, and the something-for-everyone recipes sound sublime."
"Review" by , "Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion."
"Review" by , "An enthusiastic kitchen amateur chronicles her adventures, offering a mix of easy recipes, smart and witty commentary, and beautiful photos."
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