Here’s my verdict on The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
To Read: Definitely. Deb Perelman manages to combine cooking expertise with self-deprecating humor in a way that will make you want to try every recipe. After reading the stories that go with each recipe, I was always convinced that I must make the recipe she is describing, and that it would be successful. She has great cooking tips with the recipes, and I loved the section on her must-have cooking tools, that is really geared for normal people with small kitchens.
To Look At: Yes, there are several beautiful photos with each recipe. I think the photos, which appear to be taken in Perelman’s own kitchen, were also a factor in making each recipe seem appealing and manageable.
To Cook From: Yes! I had great success with the recipes that I tried, and all of the recipes are written in a way that the reader doesn’t have to do any guessing. I really can’t wait to go back and try more of the recipes.
I will be adding this cookbook to my collection at some point. Deb Perelman also has a 2nd cookbook, called Smitten Kitchen Every Day,which I hope to review soon. In the meantime, I will be checking out the recipes on the Smitten Kitchen blog. I would love to hear about any of your favorite Smitten Kitchen recipes.