The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

eBook - 2012
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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking. Here you'll find better uses for your favorite vegetables: asparagus blanketing a pizza; ratatouille dressing up a sandwich; cauliflower masquerading as pesto. These are recipes you'll bookmark and use so often they become your own, recipes you'll 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 her favorite summer cocktail; how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd; 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 galettes; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.
Publisher: [New York] : Appetite by Random House, 2012.
ISBN: 9780449015803
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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From a tiny New York kitchen, Deb Perelman gives us recipes with a great balance of effort and outcome. Conversational intros help introduce you to the author in the same way that her popular blog does. Smitten Kitchen recipes are my top recommendation for off-the-page success for the enthusiasti... Read More »


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This is one of my absolute favorite 'go to' cookbooks. I continually return to Deb's books and blog when I need to make something simple, but delicious. Well worth a look through!

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nerowolfgal
Jan 15, 2017

On first reading this cookbook I was ready to give a very high rating. The author is a delightful writer, funny and charming. The way she described the recipes were mouth-watering. BUT I then made two of the recipes and they were "meh", very ordinary indeed. I went back and reread the recipes and saw that she relies on lots of butter, salt, and sugar especially in baked goods. Well, in all truth, stick enough butter and sugar in a cookie, plus chocolate, and people will eat it, whether or not it is actually a good cookie. Taking a second look, for me, most of the recipes were very basic indeed with a really good, excited introduction building them up. Another comment recommended this book for "cookbook readers". I totally agree, a delightful read but don't bother making the recipes.

Sarah_CT Apr 23, 2016

Smorgasbook thought this book was approachable and funny. Deb had a charming approach that was filled with great tips, interesting recipes that turned out great. However, we were tripped up by the layout in which recipes were laid out over multiple pages and had some inconsistences. We highly recommend this cookbook to the cook book reader. You will love Deb and her gorgeous food. For the cook, give this one a try but be ready to copy down her recipes on to card for future reference.

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mombrarian
Aug 22, 2014

FANTASTIC!

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IrishMoon
Feb 18, 2014

Great cookbook! We liked it so much that we purchased our own copy and use it frequently.

stewaroby Nov 20, 2013

I love this book because it gave me permission to openly eat iceberg lettuce again, so unfashionable for so long but now ubiquitous on hipster menus everywhere. Everything tastes good slathered in blue cheese dressing though.The broccoli slaw is the best.

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LibrarianGeek
Aug 07, 2013

A very entertaining read, with tasty recipes and gorgeous pictures. Perelman's advice about the tools to properly outfit a kitchen on a budget is very helpful.

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ShawTown
Apr 02, 2013

I learned to splat-cock a chicken from this book! . Perelman gives terrific advice. Who knew it was best to skip the big fat chickens and buy the small ones instead. The apple cake is yummy too.

amandamonkey Mar 20, 2013

We've added several recipes from this lovely book to our menu rotation at home - the Sesame-Spiced Turkey Meatballs and Smashed Chickpea Salad are particularly delicious, as are the Apple Cider Caramels.

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sdelao
Jan 05, 2013

Really enjoy this cookbook and the recipes are really accessible. Great photography too. Love it when cookbooks have it...makes all the difference! Recommend!

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