The Smitten Kitchen publishes a cookbook

Smitten Kitchen pot pies

One of our favorite food blogs is the Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman. Of all our indexed blogs, the Smitten Kitchen is at the top of the our blog list, with 1,146 of our members following her. Her popularity is obviously due to the quality of her recipes and photos, but it should also be noted that her kitchen is 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.” In short, she produces all those wonderful dishes and photos in anything but a test kitchen – a real home cook.

So while we can’t single out every new cookbook for comment, we thought there were ample reasons to make an exception in this case. And we also wanted to highlight this review in Serious Eats. Besides describing the book, which is indexed on EYB, they’re offering five free copies:

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is essentially Perelman’s blog bound in hardcover. The headnotes are peppered with details on her family, friends, and kitchen quirks. The photographs are sparse, well-lit, and all set on her familiar grey countertop.

And while the recipes stick to Perelman’s general oeuvre (vibrant yet comforting meals) the featured dishes are (for the most part) unique to the book. As on her blog, the recipes are tested and adapted for even the smallest kitchens; many are excellent weeknight solutions, but there are more than a few entertaining-worthy recipes scattered throughout.”

As mentioned above, they’re giving away 5 free copies to people who post a comment after the review.  Just click on the Serious Eats link, and good luck to any who enter!

Smitten Kitchen cookbook

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  • Choclette  on  November 7, 2012

    Having a small kitchen myself, I am seriously impressed and the quality of the photographs are superb.

  • Breadcrumbs  on  November 7, 2012

    I'd definitely agree with you on the quality of the photographs on the blog but it was my impression that the majority of the recipes were not "hers" – rather they were "adaptations" of other folk's recipes. No question this is a popular blog however I do think the issue of the origin of the recipes is often over-looked.

  • Queezle_Sister  on  November 10, 2012

    What % of recipes are adaptations, and how often is the inspiration's source acknowledged? I don't know the answer, but I appreciate Deb's citing of recipes when hers is a derivative version.

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