The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook ~ Deb Perelman

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking. Created by Deb Perelman of the popular Smitten Kitchen blog, the book has more than 105 recipes, all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of Deb’s own beautiful color photographs.

 

Each recipe has a story and there are cooking tips interspersed throughout. The book is 85 percent new material and 15 percent favorites from the site that have been retested, reworked and streamlined for modern times. The recipes in the U.S. and Canadian editions have measurement in cups and spoons, and also weights.

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According to Deb, “85 of the 105-plus recipes are vegetarian (given, some of these are cocktails which feels like kind of a cop-out in the meatless department, but I wanted to give an official count). Among the 20 recipes that do contain meat, 2 are fish (one fish, one seafood) and 6 use something like crisped pancetta or crumbled bacon as one ingredient among many, more of an accent — i.e. in those 6 recipes, I’ve often made them without this crispy/salty accent and they remain balanced, excellent, and slightly less indulgent dishes. ”

Deb cooks from her tiny kitchen in New York City which she describes as “a puny 42 square foot circa-1935 sort of half-galley kitchen with a 24 foot footprint, a single counter, tiny stove, checkered floor and a noisy window at the end to the avenue below. [The prior incarnation, the pre-2009 Original Smitten Kitchen, was a whopping 80 square feet with a skylight on top, but we traded it in for an apartment with a dishwasher, elevator, and almost enough room for a tiny human.]”

Her cooking views: “What I’m wary of is: Excessively fussy foods and/or pretentious ingredients. I don’t do truffle oil, Himalayan pink salt at $10 per quarter-ounce or single-origin chocolate that can only be found through Posh Nosh-approved purveyors. I think food should be accessible, and are certain that you don’t need any of these things to cook fantastically.”

The book is a great read, and hopefully inspiration to cook up a storm in your own kitchen, no matter what size!

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