The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Book - 2012
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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

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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
ISBN: 9780307595652
Branch Call Number: 641 P414s3
Characteristics: xiv, 321 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Oct 17, 2020

Do yourself a favor and make the salted brown butter rice krispie recipe out of this. You're welcome.

This is one of my absolute favorite 'go to' cookbooks. I continually return to Deb's books and blog when I need to make something simple, but delicious. Well worth a look through!

Jan 15, 2017

On first reading this cookbook I was ready to give a very high rating. The author is a delightful writer, funny and charming. The way she described the recipes were mouth-watering. BUT I then made two of the recipes and they were "meh", very ordinary indeed. I went back and reread the recipes and saw that she relies on lots of butter, salt, and sugar especially in baked goods. Well, in all truth, stick enough butter and sugar in a cookie, plus chocolate, and people will eat it, whether or not it is actually a good cookie. Taking a second look, for me, most of the recipes were very basic indeed with a really good, excited introduction building them up. Another comment recommended this book for "cookbook readers". I totally agree, a delightful read but don't bother making the recipes.

Sarah_CT Apr 23, 2016

Smorgasbook thought this book was approachable and funny. Deb had a charming approach that was filled with great tips, interesting recipes that turned out great. However, we were tripped up by the layout in which recipes were laid out over multiple pages and had some inconsistences. We highly recommend this cookbook to the cook book reader. You will love Deb and her gorgeous food. For the cook, give this one a try but be ready to copy down her recipes on to card for future reference.

Aug 22, 2014


Feb 18, 2014

Great cookbook! We liked it so much that we purchased our own copy and use it frequently.

stewaroby Nov 20, 2013

I love this book because it gave me permission to openly eat iceberg lettuce again, so unfashionable for so long but now ubiquitous on hipster menus everywhere. Everything tastes good slathered in blue cheese dressing though.The broccoli slaw is the best.

Aug 07, 2013

A very entertaining read, with tasty recipes and gorgeous pictures. Perelman's advice about the tools to properly outfit a kitchen on a budget is very helpful.

Apr 02, 2013

I learned to splat-cock a chicken from this book! . Perelman gives terrific advice. Who knew it was best to skip the big fat chickens and buy the small ones instead. The apple cake is yummy too.

amandamonkey Mar 20, 2013

We've added several recipes from this lovely book to our menu rotation at home - the Sesame-Spiced Turkey Meatballs and Smashed Chickpea Salad are particularly delicious, as are the Apple Cider Caramels.

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