Author(s): Deb Perelman
The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen--home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated food blogger.
Deb Perelman loves to cook. It's as simple as that. 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. How do you choose? Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that's downright bad?
So Deb founded her award-winning blog, smittenkitchen.com, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor can--and should be--delicious...every time. Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to finding the best of the best and adapting them for the everyday cook--the ones with little time to spare, little money to burn on unpronounceable ingredients, and little help in the kitchen. And now, with the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Deb presents her first cookbook--more than 100 new recipes, plus a few favorites from her site, all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of Deb's beautiful color photographs.
"The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook "is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking: stepped-up comfort foods, stewy dishes for windy winter afternoons, an apple cake that will answer all questions: "What should my new signature dessert be?" "What is always welcome at a potluck?" "What did Deb consume almost single-handedly a week after having a baby?" These are the recipes you bookmark and use so often they become your own; recipes you 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 how to host a brunch and still sleep in--plus what to make for it!--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 pizzas; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Pancetta, White Bean and Swiss Chard Pot Pies; from Buttered Popcorn Cookies to Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.
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."
"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."
"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."