The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb PerelmanThe Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

byDeb Perelman

Hardcover | October 30, 2012

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The long-awaited cookbook from the food-blogging phenomenon Deb Perelman -- home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated author of
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about uncompromised, but utterly approachable, home cooking: comfort foods stepped up, birthday cakes from scratch, stews for winter afternoons, and an apple cake that will answer all your dessert desires. Here are more than 100 recipes you'll use so often they'll feel like your own; recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time, all accompanied by Deb's gorgeous colour photos.
This cookbook will capture the sensibility of the Smitten Kitchen blog, both visually and with its content. The elements that have made the blog so popular -- Perelman's warmly engaging voice, stunning photography, and accessible, scrumptuous recipes--will be seamlessly translated to the page. Needless to say, it will not disappoint the millions of Smitten Kitchen fans are eagerly awaiting this book.

Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook and photographer; and the creator of, an award-winning blog with a focus on stepped-up home cooking through unfussy ingredients. In previous iterations of her so-called career, she’s been a record store shift supervisor, a scrawler of “happy birthday” on bakery cakes, an art th...
Title:The Smitten Kitchen CookbookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.4 × 8.3 × 1.11 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Appetite by Random HouseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0449015793

ISBN - 13:9780449015797

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! so many amazing recipes that were pretty easy to follow!
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yum! Great cookbook. In the past year I've made a number of the recipes and found a few new favourite dishes
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little bit of everything! Very diverse cookbook! Something for everyone, easy to follow recipes, and pictures on every page.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant cookbook There is a wide variety of awesome ingredients, simple directions, and everything in between!
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great great easy recipes to follow and cook!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mmmm The recipes that I did from this book were all so yummy and pretty. Will definitely keep making them.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recipes Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Many recipes I still use.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Cookbook! I've had this for a few years now and still use it on a regular basis. Great recipes and who can resist that Challah bread with fig good! Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my top 3 cook books! I use this great little cook book ALL THE TIME. Her recipes are spot on - the pie dough recipe is so exact, unlike martha stewart's which call for much less water than is actually needed. Fun, authentic, comfort food. Love it.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my most-used cookbook I was a huge fan of the Smitten Kitchen blog. The cookbook is fine. Well-written recipes and great photos, but most of the recipes are underwhelming. I tried a bunch of them when I first got the book (a well hinted at Christmas gift) but seldom reach for it now.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great recipes from the beloved blog Lots of variety, and they are all delicious.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Cookbook! I loooooove Deb Perelman's food blog and her cookbook is amazing. I wish she would make another one. I have bought this book as gifts for my friends because I love this cookbook so much. The recipes are easy to follow (although not all of them are quick to make but the ones I have tried are very tasty). Each recipe uses simple ingredients. For each recipe, there are comments, personnel messages about the recipe.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Recipes! Tasty and easy...that what I am always looking for.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious The recipes are easy to follow and many have become favourites. The photographs are lovely too.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't go wrong with this I've owned this cookbook for a year now. Although I've yet to try a lot of the recipes, the ones I have tried all turned out bang on! The instructions are easy to follow and not at all intimidating or complicated. I've made countless number of pizzas thanks to this cookbook. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this cookbook! Smitten Kitchen is by far my favorite food blog, Deb is a great writer and her recipes always turn out to be beyond delicious. Hope she has another one out soon!
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Smitten Kitchen - good title This is a great cookbook.  I've read her blog forever and have waited for this book to be published.  It definitely lives up to my expectations.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic I read the first few pages while in the store and Deb's writing caught my attention right away. I have successfully made 3 recipes from this book and everything has been AMAZING. Signed up on her blog and was mesmorized by everything else on there!
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read - fantastic recipes This cookbook is everything the promo says it is & more! I read this cover to cover and have already tried some recipes. Deb's approach - accessible ingredients dressed up to make delicious, impressive results is a cookbook that every kitchen should have. I have well over 150 cookbooks and this is in the top 10!
Date published: 2012-10-31

Read from the Book

From the IntroductionWelcome. Welcome to my tiny kitchen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all fit in here? I’d make us mulled cider and gooey cinnamon squares. We could talk about pie. Jacob would probably bust out his guitar (actually, it’s a ukulele, but don’t tell him that) and sing “baa baa blakk shee!” because he’s a total ham, and my husband would pour us some drinks. We’d have a great time. Of course, unless you can squeeze yourself onto a fraction of a six-inch tile—grumbling, no doubt, that this was the worst party ever—this is probably not going to happen. I always wanted a kitchen big enough for a crowd, but instead, I chose to live in New York City, a place where the kitchens are barely usable but nobody complains because there’s no reason to cook when there’s a great restaurant on every corner. Besides, as my friend Jenn informed me shortly after I moved here in 2000, “ovens are for sweater storage.” And then, as if I’d missed the joke (I, um, often do), I decided to cook in my tiny kitchen anyway. I think I got my “if there’s a will, there’s a way” attitude from my mother. You could say there’s no way to fit the ingredients you need in two cabinets or the enor­mous roast you’d like to prepare into a two-thirds-size oven; you could declare it impossible to prep any meal on a single two-by-three-foot counter, with only a few square feet to stand on . . . or you could clear the decks, get to work, and an hour later maybe pull a killer pan of brownies out of the oven. I have a hunch that our great-grandmothers didn’t refuse to cook because they couldn’t fit their Vitamix on the counter. Well, perhaps other people’s grandmothers. It should sur­prise absolutely nobody that I come from pesky stock. Whenever I’m asked how I got here—presumably, to a place where you’d have my cookbook in front of you, not my writing lair with a bay window over­looking the sea (my sofa with an explosion of wooden train tracks around me)—I always wish I had a better kitchen story to share. “Just tell us your story!” people say, but I think that they’re lying. I think that people want me to tell them a good story. They want to hear that I’m a fifth-generation chili maker from Texas or that I only eat food that I hunt, forage, or find under the wheel of a car. That I went to cooking school and spent years on the line being yelled at by a French guy with his name over the door. Or maybe I was at a thrift store and found a collection of handwritten Hungarian recipe cards and made it my life’s work to bring an old lady’s cooking back to life. People want a story with drama and excitement. They don’t want to hear that I’ve been a record store shift supervisor, a swirler of soft-serve frozen custard, an art therapist, and an IT reporter. They don’t want to hear that I just like to cook. But I do, I really do.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Deb Perelman and “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 SimplePraise for The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook“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 as 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 and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook “This is the book that every cook needs in the 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