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Praise for Deb Perelman and SmittenKitchen.com
"A blog with a wonderfully homey feel . . . [Pereleman's] creations are . . . mouthwatering."
--"Time," a Best Blog of 2011
"For four years, Deb Perelman has been blogging her cooking pursuits from her tiny New York City kitchen as a newlywed and then as a new mother. This is the result of hours spent perfecting her own recipes and interpreting those of the best food publications out there. Some of the recipes featured can be complicated, but you have Deb's warm chatter, funny anecdotes, encyclopedic knowledge of food and cookbooks, cooking, and gorgeous photography getting you through it. She's a farmers' market shopper and hence her blog is completely seasonal, and archived that way as well. You'll see her tackle the impossible--a wedding cake--and the very simple, 'How to Turn a Bucket of Cheap Tomatoes into a Perfect Pot of Sauce.' Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook?"
--Gwyne

Praise for Deb Perelman and SmittenKitchen.com

"A blog with a wonderfully homey feel . . . [Pereleman's] creations are . . . mouthwatering."
--"Time", a Best Blog of 2011

"For four years, Deb Perelman has been blogging her cooking pursuits from her tiny New York City kitchen as a newlywed and then as a new mother. This is the result of hours spent perfecting her own recipes and interpreting those of the best food publications out there. Some of the recipes featured can be complicated, but you have Deb's warm chatter, funny anecdotes, encyclopedic knowledge of food and cookbooks, cooking, and gorgeous photography getting you through it. She's a farmers' market shopper and hence her blog is completely seasonal, and archived that way as well. You'll see her tackle the impossible--a wedding cake--and the very simple, 'How to Turn a Bucket of Cheap Tomatoes into a Perfect Pot of Sauce.' Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook?"
--Gwyneth Paltrow, on her blog GOOP

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

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

"Perelman's thoughtful prose and sometimes humorous posts read like an e-mail from your best friend--only with better photos."
--"Better Homes and Gardens"

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

"One of our favorite cooking blogs . . . We are big fans of Deb Perelman--the founder, cook, writer, and photographer behind the whole operation--and her gorgeous food photos, simple recipes, and charming voice."
--"Everyday Food"

Praise for Deb Perelman and "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
"
"[Deb's recipes] deliver in a big showstopping way, which is why she's my go-to for holiday entertaining."
--Jenny Rosenstrach, author of "Dinner: A Love Story"
""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"
"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"
"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"
"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" (and 101cookbooks.com)
"Good news, everyone! "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" has arrived just in time. . . . Given how difficult it was to find a spare copy of the book, all of our mothers are about to be impressed."
--"Boston Phoenix
"
"As someone who spends way too much time online already, I'm delighted that Perelman has put her sumptuous recipes into a form that sits nicely on my kitchen counter. . . . A winner!"
--"The Saturday Evening Post"
" "
"Perelman is the queen of food bloggers."
--"The Record"
"Deb Perelman's collection of recipes is mouth-watering. . . . [She] projects an inviting warmth and chattiness. She's funny . . . and self-deprecating enough to ease your culinary insecurities."
--"The Christian Science Monitor"
"If you're looking for some new spice in your diet or a quick, yet elegant dish to serve at a dinner party, try out "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook." The results will be rewarding and impossible to resist."
--"Iowa State Daily"
"Worth the wait."
--"The""Boston Globe"
"We've been admirers of Deb Perelman and her cooking blog Smitten Kitchen for years, and are stoked that her simple, elegant recipes and gorgeous photos have finally made their way into a cookbook. . . . With more than 300 photos taken by Perelman, chronicling everything from step-by-step how to's to beauty shots of the final dishes, the finished product looks as good as we're sure the recipes will taste."
--"SF Weekly"
"It's a lovely book to hold, to read--and to cook from."
--"Montreal Gazette"
"[Deb] has the matter-of-factness of Mark Bittman, but the zing and eye for decadence of David Chang. Not to mention, the whole package looks as sumptuous as the dishes contained therein. . . . All the while, she writes like a good friend who just happens to be a whiz in the kitchen. Smitten is exactly what you'll be by this book."
--"The Forward"
One of "this fall's best new cookbooks"
--"The""National Post"
"A solid collection of interesting and useful recipes. . . . Includes lots of great general cooking knowledge that even veteran home cooks will appreciate."
--BlogHer
"This fearless home cook's humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog-gone-book that translates beautifully into any kitchen.'"
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"Two years ago I started reading (and devouring) the Smitten Kitchen blog. I have since made more than thirty of her recipes and have been waiting for her forthcoming first cookbook."
--"The Paris Review" (blog)
"Perelman's supremely helpful, visually stunning, wittily worded food blog really did deserve to be named one of 2011's best blogs. . . . Perelman's recipes are accessible but not Betty Crocker plain; this is fun, energized eating. Get it!"
--"Library Journal"
"A blog with a wonderfully homey feel . . . [Perelman's] creations are . . . mouthwatering."
--"Time," a Best Blog of 2011
"For four years, Deb Perelman has been blogging her cooking pursuits from her tiny New York City kitchen as a newlywed and then as a new mother. This is the result of hours spent perfecting her own recipes and interpreting those of the best food publications out there. Some of the recipes featured can be complicated, but you have Deb's warm chatter, funny anecdotes, encyclopedic knowledge of food and cookbooks, cooking, and gorgeous photography getting you through it. She's a farmers' market shopper and hence her blog is completely seasonal, and archived that way as well. You'll see her tackle the impossible--a wedding cake--and the very simple, 'How to Turn a Bucket of Cheap Tomatoes into a Perfect Pot of Sauce.' Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook?"
--Gwyneth Paltrow, on her blog GOOP
"Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"Warm and encouraging, the photos are pure food porn, and the something-for-everyone recipes sound sublime."
--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Perelman's thoughtful prose and sometimes humorous posts read like an e-mail from your best friend--only with better photos."
--"Better Homes and Gardens"
"An enthusiastic kitchen amateur chronicles her adventures, offering a mix of easy recipes, smart and witty commentary, and beautiful photos."
--"Real Simple"
"One of our favorite cooking blogs . . . We are big fans of Deb Perelman--the founder, cook, writer, and photographer behind the whole operation--and her gorgeous food photos, simple recipes, and charming voice."
--"Everyday Food"

Praise for Deb Perelmanand "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
"
[Deb s recipes] deliver in a big showstopping way, which is why she s my go-to for holiday entertaining.
Jenny Rosenstrach, author of "Dinner: A Love Story"
"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"
Deb Perelman is the no-nonsense girlfriend whotellsyou what's whatin the kitchen. The one who always knows exactly what you're in the mood for, how to make the best versionof 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 beguiledby 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"
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"
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" (and 101cookbooks.com)
Good news, everyone!"The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook"has arrived just in time. . . . Given how difficult it was to find a spare copy of the book, all of our mothers are about to be impressed.
"Boston Phoenix
"
As someone who spends way too much time online already, I m delighted that Perelman has put her sumptuous recipes into a form that sits nicely on my kitchen counter. . . . A winner!
"The Saturday Evening Post"
""
Perelman is the queen of food bloggers.
"The Record"
Deb Perelman's collection of recipes is mouth-watering. . . . [She] projects an inviting warmth and chattiness. She's funny . . . and self-deprecating enough to ease your culinary insecurities.
"The Christian Science Monitor"
If you re looking for some new spice in your diet or a quick, yet elegant dish to serve at a dinner party, try out "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook." The results will be rewarding and impossible to resist.
"Iowa State Daily"
Worth the wait.
"The" "Boston Globe"
We've been admirers of Deb Perelman and her cooking blog Smitten Kitchen for years, and are stoked that her simple, elegant recipes and gorgeous photos have finally made their way into a cookbook. . . . With more than 300 photos taken by Perelman, chronicling everything from step-by-step how to's to beauty shots of the final dishes, the finished product looks as good as we're sure the recipes will taste.
"SF Weekly"
It s a lovely book to hold, to read and to cook from.
"Montreal Gazette"
[Deb] has the matter-of-factness of Mark Bittman, but the zing and eye for decadence of David Chang. Not to mention, the whole package looks as sumptuous as the dishes contained therein. . . . All the while, she writes like a good friend who just happens to be a whiz in the kitchen. Smitten is exactly what you ll be by this book.
"The Forward"
One of this fall s best new cookbooks
"The" "National Post"
A solid collection of interesting and useful recipes. . . . Includes lots of great general cooking knowledge that even veteran home cooks will appreciate.
BlogHer
This fearless home cook s humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog-gone-book that translates beautifully into any kitchen.
"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
Two years ago I started reading (and devouring) the Smitten Kitchen blog. I have since made more than thirty of her recipes and have been waiting for her forthcoming first cookbook.
"The Paris Review" (blog)
Perelman s supremely helpful, visually stunning, wittily worded food blog really did deserve to be named one of 2011 s best blogs. . . . Perelman s recipes are accessible but not Betty Crocker plain; this is fun, energized eating. Get it!
"Library Journal"
A blog with a wonderfully homey feel . . . [Perelman s] creations are . . . mouthwatering.
"Time," a Best Blog of 2011
For four years, Deb Perelman has been blogging her cooking pursuits from her tiny New York City kitchen as a newlywed and then as a new mother. This is the result of hours spent perfecting her own recipes and interpreting those of the best food publications out there. Some of the recipes featured can be complicated, but you have Deb s warm chatter, funny anecdotes, encyclopedic knowledge of food and cookbooks, cooking, and gorgeous photography getting you through it. She s a farmers market shopper and hence her blog is completely seasonal, and archived that way as well. You'll see her tackle the impossible a wedding cake and the very simple, How to Turn a Bucket of Cheap Tomatoes into a Perfect Pot of Sauce. Do we really have to wait until 2012 for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook?
Gwyneth Paltrow, on her blog GOOP
Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion.
"O, The Oprah Magazine"
Warm and encouraging, the photos are pure food porn, and the something-for-everyone recipes sound sublime.
"Entertainment Weekly"
Perelman s thoughtful prose and sometimes humorous posts read like an e-mail from your best friend only with better photos.
"Better Homes and Gardens"
An enthusiastic kitchen amateur chronicles her adventures, offering a mix of easy recipes, smart and witty commentary, and beautiful photos.
"Real Simple"
One of our favorite cooking blogs . . . We are big fans of Deb Perelman the founder, cook, writer, and photographer behind the whole operation and her gorgeous food photos, simple recipes, and charming voice.
"Everyday Food""

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 160437 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFTV1F8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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