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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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Amazon Asks: Deb Perelman
Q. What's your elevator pitch for The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook? (Or what inspired you to fill this niche?)
A. My hope is that The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is filled with your new favorite things to cook--approachable recipes made with accessible ingredients that exceed your expectations.
Q. Which upcoming fall cookbooks are you most excited about?
A. I am ridiculously excited about Ottolenghi's new Jerusalem book, as I've loved everything he's made so far. I have already tried out a couple recipes from the Mile End Cookbook, and can tell it's going to be an obsession all winter. I just spied brown butter snickerdoodles in the new Baked Elements book; I am pretty sure that needs to happen immediately. And I've been cooking out of the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook and everything has been fresh, wholesome and stunning.
Q. What's on your nightstand? Your Kindle?
A. An Everlasting Meal (Tamar Adler), The Tenth Muse (Judith Jones), A Peace To End All Peace (David Fromkin) and I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen), all print. Can you guess which one my toddler left there?
Q. What’s your favorite restaurant—or the best place you’ve eaten recently?
A. My husband and I are the last people to get to The Breslin in the Ace Hotel, but it doesn't matter, we fell head over heels and have been back three times in three months. The crispy boiled peanuts, lamb burger, fresh, crunchy salads and their grapefruit gin-and-tonic are unforgettable.
Q. What's been your most memorable moment so far as an author (or blogger)?
A. The process of planning the book tour -- making the jump from someone who types things to strangers who might or might not be listening via her laptop to someone who is going to show up in various cities at specific times to hang out with these strangers -- is wild. I am not sure I've gotten my head around it yet, but I still can't wait to get on the road.
Q. What other talent would you most like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?
A. Well, I wish I could dance.
Q. What are you obsessed with now?
A. I've been on a running kick, although I'm really bad at it. No really: terrible. But strangely, that's my favorite part. Starting my day completely humbled by my inability to run half as long or fast as these people on the other treadmills (who can probably dance, too), well, the day only gets better from there. I'm hooked.
Q. What's next for you?
A. The moon! Just kidding. I really hope to just keep doing what I'm doing -- cooking, writing, having fun with my family and running around NYC like a tourist. My goals are less rooted in a desire for a designer kitchen (though, you know, if you have one lying around...) and balcony overlooking Central Park and more a hope that I'll keep having fun doing what I do, so that it feels as un-work-like as possible.
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Here is a count of the recipes per category:
17 Breakfast items
13 Sandwiches, Tarts & Pizzas
13 Vegetarian Main Dishes
12 Seafood, Poultry & Meat dishes
8 Pies and tarts
5 Puddings and Candy
10 Party Snacks and Drinks
* Recipes are categorized very well.
* Ingredients needed are easy to find and usually inexpensive. They are also REAL ingredients, so you're pretty much making everything from scratch. Nothing with weird chemicals in the label.
* The author includes a clever/funny/witty/entertaining short story before each recipe that gives some history/insight into how she acquired the recipe or how she came up with it.
* Each recipe includes at LEAST one full-page, full-color photograph, and most also have photos of the ingredients or a few of the steps involved.
* The "stories", although enjoyable, are occasionally a bit lengthy.Read more ›
I'm glad that I didn't hit that cancel button because I got it and WOW. I have been waiting for a recipe book from Ms. Perelman and now I remember why. Her photos are stunning, the recipes I flipped through I haven't seen before, and her quick wit and humor translate beautifully in print. The blog, plus so much more in tangible form.
Some might be quick to comment that this is just her blog in print format. I would like to state that yes, there is some overlap, but not much from what I have seen. Plus, if you're a blogger and are producing a print copy, there is some expectation that there *will* be overlap and the more popular or highly clicked recipe posts will make it into the book. If you didn't, you'd hear it from your audience. You really can't please everyone, but I for one haven't been this excited about a cookbook in a long time. There are many recipes I haven't seen on her blog, (and I have been following her for at least 6 years now) AND I love that she includes Jacob in her stories and annotations of the recipes. I find the inspiration to cook simple, healthy, and tasty meals for my little man. I suspect that Jacob is her source of inspiration... AND if your son was as cute as that little future heart breaker, you'd be sure to put him in your cookbook. ** I'd like to also add that this is not a family album. What it is: A fantastic cookbook.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful cookbook. Purchased as a gift for my mom (a cookbook addict) and she loves it. She's made several recipes from it and all have turned out wellPublished 15 days ago by Amelia Raney
This quickly became one of my most favorite cookbooks. Beautiful photographs for each delicious recipe, clear instructions and some wonderful little side stories that will make... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kooky Marigold
i have made several recipes and each one has been both delicious and easy. I also like the recipes that you can make in a crock pot like the brisket recipe and the black bean... Read morePublished 1 month ago by missmelissa
This is my favorite cookbook! I am a loyal follower of the blog and the cookbook did not disappoint. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love it, the recipes are great. I really recommend this book for those food lovers, it's easy to fallow all the recipes and they are very good!Published 1 month ago by Gabriela Carrillo
I received The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook as a gift. For someone who loves cooking this is perfect! I really enjoy the cooking notes and tips. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jan Messali
I'm a vegetarian, my husband is not. When this book was released, he purchased it for me as a gift because I love the blog and we BOTH get a lot of use from this book and turned to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kitaita