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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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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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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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A beautiful book. So well written and a joy to read. Will look forward to trying some of the recipes, very helpful that they do have the British measurements as well as American. Great pictures. Have now subscribed to blog.
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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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I brought this after seeing it on the web, and getting it out of the Library first to see what the recipes were like. I was smitten (funny, that) with the cookbook and brought myself a copy straight away. The author Deb Perelman has taken a love of cooking brought to her by her mother, together with her Jewish heritage, and incorporated it into her daily life (and a web blog). We are now lucky enough to have her recipes so far compiled in this wonderful cookbook. The recipes and pictures, as well as the stories that go with them, are inspiring. And the other great thing about this book is that the recipes are totally accessible – to an experienced cook, or to someone who is just starting out; the recipes themselves will inspire, and they are written in such a way that anyone with just a slight experience of cooking can readily approach them. They are also accompanied by absolutely glorious photos (and some utterly gorgeous photos of Deb’s young son enjoying the fruits of her kitchen experiences).

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.
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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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