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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224095781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224095785
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Utterly scrumptious. It's the kind of food you want to eat at home every weekend" (Yotam Ottolenghi)

"I'm a longtime fan of the blog and this is a wonderful cookbook" (Rachel Khoo, Little Paris Kitchen)

"Approachable but exciting recipes that you’ll return to again and again" (Waitrose Kitchen)

"Her food is creative, her writing chatty and discursive, and the sheer delight she takes in cooking things which work and give pleasure shines through on every page... Her attention to detail, partly a response to pernickety questions from readers seeking advice and clarification on her recipes, make her the perfect partner to hand-hold even the most bashful kitchen novice" (Mail on Sunday)

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

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is about deliciousness ... every time.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cook Book Addict on 4 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a long-term fan of the blog I, like so many others, have been waiting impatiently for the UK release of this book (why should it take 4 months??). Anyway, now united at long last, I love everything about it. The recipes are original and bring a new slant on how to use many run-of-the-mill ingredients. So far I've made Gooey Cinnamon Squares, Cranberry Crumb and Mushroom Bourguignon and all have been delicious. I can't wait to cook more from this book - great to know that after four years of following and cooking from her blog, Deb's recipes won't let you down.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mickeysfriend on 11 Mar. 2013
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I love the Smitten Kitchen blog, and this book is the site's perfect companion - gorgeous photos, food that makes you hungry just to read about, and a winningly friendly style of writing. I love that there are a handful of recipes from the blog but the majority were created by Deb just for this book. I have already cooked and enjoyed a few of the recipes and am planning to cook many more!

Sadly, Deb has been a bit let down by her UK publisher. There's a typo in the very first recipe (that I am certain she would be appalled to see!), some of the adaptations are annoying - for example the "Marshmallow cake" recipe is clearly a S'mores cake. The whole recipe only makes sense if you explain that there is an American treat called a S'more that's a US campfire tradition involving a marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker/UK digestive biscuit. But rather than just add a note on those lines, the publishers have substituted some of the words and ingredients, but not explained why these things go together. There are other examples too like the "Wotsits" reference to cheese crackers that another review mentioned.

It's also sad to see that on some pages (normally where a UK adjustment has been made I think) the last sentence of a page will be repeated at the top of the next page, or the ingredients list runs into the next item without a space, or similar small errors. They're not dealbreakers, they don't stop this cookbook being wonderful and much-loved, but Deb is so meticulous in her presentation of her blog, it's sad the UK publisher couldn't get the book properly proofed and properly adapted.
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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is the long awaited first book from blogging superstar Deb Perelman. Deb registered the The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is the long awaited first book from blogging superstar Deb Perelman. Deb registered the Smitten Kitchen domain in 2006, since then she has amassed a loyal following of fans (we are talking millions) and a shelf full of awards for her no-nonsense recipes and sublime pictures. Deb doesn't come from a long line of chefs, or have a classical training - she is self-taught, driven by a dissatisfaction with restaurants and a fanatical drive to achieve the perfect [insert literally anything here].

Deb's style is characterised by both her compulsive search for the ultimate recipe and welcome requirement for efficiency (she cooks from a postage stamp sized kitchen in NY). As a relentless tweaker, she makes fine adjustments to each recipe and assesses the marginal benefit of each bowl, utensil and ingredient - is it worth it / does it make a difference / would I miss it. The resulting recipes are refined, achievable (even for those in a tiny kitchen, on a tight budget with no time) and most definitely worth it!

The book is organised by course, with beautiful pictures and the captivating story behind each recipe. Deb's instructions are easy-to-follow, honed after almost a decade of writing blogs and responding to comments from her followers. For the more complicated techniques there are step-by-step pictures, cooking notes and a summary of the things you can prepare ahead.

Notes and Tips is a summary of Deb's cooking conventions, with precise definitions of the terms and amounts used in her recipes. This section also contains useful tips for substituting hard to find items.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By P Mac on 27 Feb. 2013
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First off, I love the Smitten Kitchen blog and have cooked many recipes from it. I ordered this cookbook as soon as it was announced and waited patiently for the UK version - I wondered why there was such a long delay in having it being released here. I got the book today, and I am sure the recipes are great, but as I leafed through it, I noticed somethings that just seem "off".

The book has been somehow "translated" from a US cookbook into one for the UK audience. In some cases, the translations are great - "Double Cream" vs. "Heavy Cream", "Unfiltered Apple Juice" vs. "Apple Cider" and all amounts in grams and milliliters vs. cups and pints. However, there are some changes that make it sound like it was written by a Londoner living in New York versus a real American. For example, it is written that "I spent £10 on it" - I am sure Deb never wrote that. Also, "Wotsits" can in no way ever be called a "Cheese Cracker" (I am sure the US version says "Cheez-its"). The subtitle of this book is "Recipes from a New York Kitchen" - the translations somehow rob Deb of her American voice and weaken the narrative. (Disclaimer: I am an American living in London).
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