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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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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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.
by Ree Drummond, author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks,
"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."
by Amanda Hesser, co-founder of Food52.com and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook,
"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."
by David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris,
"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!"
by Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day,
"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."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"Warm and encouraging, the photos are pure food porn, and the something-for-everyone recipes sound sublime."
by O, The Oprah Magazine,
"Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion."
by Real Simple,
"An enthusiastic kitchen amateur chronicles her adventures, offering a mix of easy recipes, smart and witty commentary, and beautiful photos."
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