Deb Perelman loves to cook. But she isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner; she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, just for special occasions — and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture.
Perelman found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?
So Perelman founded her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor can — and should — be delicious every time.
She is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to creating and finding the best of the best, and adapting the recipes for the everyday cook.
And now, with the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Perelman presents her first cookbook. With more than 100 recipes — almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site — all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful color photographs, Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking.
Here you’ll find better uses for your favorite vegetables, such as asparagus blanketing a pizza, ratatouille dressing up a sandwich, and cauliflower masquerading as pesto. These are recipes you’ll bookmark and use so often they become your own. They’re recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time.
Perelman also shares her favorite summer cocktail, teaches you how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd, and lists the essential items you need for your own kitchen.
A father’s legacy
The vegetarian-cooking pioneer
Barbecue, tamales, cocktails, and more
Good on everything