- 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Hardcover – 28 Feb 2013
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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)
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is about deliciousness ... every time.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
So far, I’ve only delved into a few of the recipes in this book, such as the rye-bread toastie with emmental and red onions (who could resist that!?), and the chocolate peanut butter cookies. I look forward immensely to getting into more cooking from this book, which is enough to fill any keen cook with joy on first sight. Who could resist a ratatouille sub, or sweet potato blinis, peach and soured cream pancakes, or tomato-glazed meatballs with mashed potatoes? Not me.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recipes are more instagramable than practical. Loads of silly steps to make things pretty that make for dumb cooking. The French toast is a great example of not good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by galaxyq
Beautifully written - Deb Perelman is my new Nora Ephron. And the (delicious, inventive) recipes work every time.Published 9 months ago by Spuddington
So since I've started to read the Smitten Kitchen blog, I thought I must buy the book and I absolutely love it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rukhsar Ahmed
Having stumbled on the blog many years ago was delighted to find the cookbook in the same easy to follow and casual style. Great recipes for any kitchen.Published on 8 Mar. 2015 by Richard McDonnell
Disappointed. Recipes are somewhat long winded and over elaborate. The couple of things I've tried didn't live up to expectations. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2015 by Lorna Nash
I bought this book a while ago and used it for the first time yesterday. I made the red wine velvet cake and it is amazing. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2015 by Amazon Customer