The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook
Alfred A Knopf Publisher
If you have never visited the award-winning popular online blog smittenkitchen.com, you are missing one of the most informative and entertaining food blogs on the Internet. And now, Deb Perelman, a self-taught home cook and photographer has written her first cookbook.
Originating in her tiny New York City kitchen, the book offers 100 + recipes and 300 full color photos. In The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb delightfully shares her recipes, tips, anecdotes, stories and friendly advice. She believes that there are "no bad cooks, just bad recipes", and that "cooking should be a pleasure ...and the results delicious". The book offers much new material (85%) and along with a few recipes (15%) adapted from blog favorites. Primarily vegetarian, some recipes do contain meat and fish. All can be made kosher friendly. As Deb herself explains she is somewhat of a picky eater--not really a fish fan, dislikes cold soups, and went through a vegetarian phase as well!
She relates to her readers in a warm, approachable way – as a mentor, doing her best to take the apprehension and fear out of trying to cook a new dish, or tackling a new recipe. And speaking of her recipes, most in the book are created with easy to find, budget friendly ingredients.
What do the critics say?
"Wildly popular food blogger and self-proclaimed 'obsessive' self-taught cook and photographer [Deb] Perelman's exhaustive research in her tiny NYC kitchen yields some—lucky for us! —spectacular results in beautiful full color."
Publisher's Weekly "This fearless home cook's humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog–gone–book that translates beautifully into any kitchen and fulfills Perelman's promise to help cooks prepare food that both 'she and you will love."
KosherEye cheers Deb's creativity, talent and obsessive desire to cook and share. Her warmth, sincerity, humor and down to earth attitude make this cookbook great fun to read, and to use. By the time you cook your way through– you and Deb will be best "buds"! You will get to know her son Jacob, her husband Alex and feel welcome in her kitchen. At least that's how we feel.
KosherEye Notes: Although there are a few recipes which include non -kosher ingredients, Deb suggests that these ingredients (i.e. bacon or pancetta), which add a crispy/salty accent, can be omitted, and the dish will still remain "balanced and excellent."
Enjoy Deb's recipes for Zucchini Ribbons with Almond Pesto and Flat Roasted Chicken with Tiny Potatoes.
Win the Book ...We thank Alfred A. Knopf Publisher for sponsoring this week’s Cookbook of the Week and the FREE Giveaway!
To enter to win the cookbook: Email us - click: ContactKosherEye and put your name and the name of the cookbook in the message box. Giveaway ends midnight, April 21, 2013. Good luck!
Our happy winner is Ellen Schabes, Passaic, NJ.
Buy the book,The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook for your cookbook library or as a gift!