Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, understands that a happy discovery in the kitchen has the ability to completely change the course of your day. Whether we’re cooking for ourselves, for a date night in, for a Sunday supper with friends, or for family on a busy weeknight, we all want recipes that are...

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Title:Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites
Author:Deb Perelman
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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites Reviews

  • Leigh Kramer

    Another winner from Smitten Kitchen! I enjoy reading SK because Deb's recipes are part attainable and part aspirational. Deb's pure love and enjoyment of food bursts off the page and you can't help but catch her enthusiasm. I'm probably never going to grill squid or make my own flatbread but I love reading about her process. I read cookbooks for inspiration and to get me out of cooking my usual recipes. To that end, I'm especially looking forward to making the red lentil soup, kale Caesar with b

    Another winner from Smitten Kitchen! I enjoy reading SK because Deb's recipes are part attainable and part aspirational. Deb's pure love and enjoyment of food bursts off the page and you can't help but catch her enthusiasm. I'm probably never going to grill squid or make my own flatbread but I love reading about her process. I read cookbooks for inspiration and to get me out of cooking my usual recipes. To that end, I'm especially looking forward to making the red lentil soup, kale Caesar with broken eggs, and street cart chicken soon. Oh, and just about every dessert. Deb's recipes never steer me wrong.

  • Julie Ehlers

    I'm a devoted fan of the Smitten Kitchen cooking blog. Every recipe I've tried from the site has been a success (if I do say so myself), and many of them are now in my permanent repertoire. But I wasn't as fond of the first Smitten Kitchen cookbook (imaginatively titled

    ). I see I gave it four stars here on Goodreads, but I'm pretty sure that was due to a combination of the book's physical beauty (Deb Perelman is also an amazing food photographer) and my love for the

    I'm a devoted fan of the Smitten Kitchen cooking blog. Every recipe I've tried from the site has been a success (if I do say so myself), and many of them are now in my permanent repertoire. But I wasn't as fond of the first Smitten Kitchen cookbook (imaginatively titled

    ). I see I gave it four stars here on Goodreads, but I'm pretty sure that was due to a combination of the book's physical beauty (Deb Perelman is also an amazing food photographer) and my love for the website. The fact is, I cooked only one recipe from that book (something having to do with black beans), it was nothing special, and I never made it again. Recently I looked through the book again on the theory that I was the problem rather than the book, but nope—I

    didn't find anything else I wanted to make.

    As a result, I didn't exactly rush to the store to purchase Perelman's second cookbook,

    , but when I did finally get a chance to look through it, I saw so many recipes that I wanted to try that I brought it up to the register without a second thought. When I got home I happily read it from cover to cover. Each recipe is delightfully introduced by Perelman (she's a really good writer, and funny), and every single recipe has at least one beautiful color photo (rare for any cookbook!). But beyond that, I have never owned a cookbook with so many recipes I wanted to try. I would say in the entire book there are maybe 10 that don't interest me at all (with the exception of the brief section on appetizers—I have little interest in cooking apps, so that one didn't wow me as much). Everything else I am super excited to make, and shortly I plan to embark on a Smitten Kitchen cooking extravaganza. This book is so beautiful that I'm a little sad to think of it covered in food spatters and such, but this fate seems inevitable. Seriously amazing book.

    Of course, I recognize that if I haven't cooked anything from this yet I can't truly judge the recipes, so perhaps I'll update this review after I've tried a few. But given Deb Perelman's track record on her website, I'm fully convinced this is going to become one of my best-loved and most-used cookbooks very soon.

  • Laura McLoughlin

    So I've only had this cookbook for about 3 days and I've only made one of the recipes (Wild Mushroom Shepherd's Pie) but it was super delicious! Really just about everything in here looks amazing and I can't wait to try some more recipes!

  • Gretchen Alice

    Classic Smitten Kitchen. I read through all of Deb's recipe intros and as always, they were warm and funny and insightful. I'm gonna start cooking my way through this weekend, starting with the blueberry muffins.

  • Rachel

    It's been a few years but I remember enjoying the original Smitten Kitchen cookbook, although I never purchased it for my collection. So I was eager to try out the new one after seeing good reviews.

    My normal testing process is to focus on one cookbook for a month or two trying out different recipes and working them into our weekly meal plans. I didn't get to try as much as I'd like of this one, but here is what I tried below:

    Spinach and Goat Cheese Slab Frittata, p. 13 - This was great. I serv

    It's been a few years but I remember enjoying the original Smitten Kitchen cookbook, although I never purchased it for my collection. So I was eager to try out the new one after seeing good reviews.

    My normal testing process is to focus on one cookbook for a month or two trying out different recipes and working them into our weekly meal plans. I didn't get to try as much as I'd like of this one, but here is what I tried below:

    Spinach and Goat Cheese Slab Frittata, p. 13 - This was great. I served this to guests with a salad. We left out the mushrooms because my husband is averse.

    Loaded Breakfast Potato Skins, p. 20 - Good. Made for dinner and served with toast.

    Sushi Takeout Cobb, p. 53 - this was delicious. Loved the dressing.

    Kale Caesar with Broken Eggs and Crushed Croutons, p. 55 - Good. We don't care for raw kale, so next time we will sub regular lettuce.

    Spring Fried Barley with a Sesame Sizzled Egg, p. 131 - Delicious. Light, but hearty and healthy.

    Romesco, Chickpea, and smashed egg bowl, p. 137 - great. This is an example of a meal that is totally different than we would normally make. But it was delicious.

    Chicken and Rice, Street Cart Style, p. 177 - Great.

    Pork Tenderloin Agrodolce with Squash Rings, p. 189 - Awesome. Loved the onion sauce, although my husband wouldn't get near it.

    Sizzling Beef Bulgogli Tacos, p. 191 - delicious. Fast and easy dinner.

    Herb and Garlic Baked Camembert, p. 293 - Great. Served out on the patio at a family gathering.

    About 1/3 of the book is sweets which I thought was excessive. With birthdays and Easter we are loaded down with candy so I purposely didn't try any of the sweets.

    Overall, everything we tried was great. But it was sometimes a stretch to find something that my family would eat and enjoy or that I would make on a normal weeknight.

  • Clwseattle

    I checked out

    from our wonderful King County Library System. I confess I have never read (watched??)

    , but my dear sister is a fan so I expected to love this book. I did not.

    I feel

    is just too pretentious by half. I absolutely believe she makes these recipes for her lovely family, but there are a grand total of three that caught my interest.

    The cover claims "triumphant & unfussy new favorites". There is nothing unfussy

    I checked out

    from our wonderful King County Library System. I confess I have never read (watched??)

    , but my dear sister is a fan so I expected to love this book. I did not.

    I feel

    is just too pretentious by half. I absolutely believe she makes these recipes for her lovely family, but there are a grand total of three that caught my interest.

    The cover claims "triumphant & unfussy new favorites". There is nothing unfussy (kale dusted pecorino popcorn?) about these recipes, nor this cookbook. Frankly, I am not even familiar with many of the ingredients in the recipes... Fregola? Halloumi? I had to look them up... and heaven only knows where I would buy them in the 'country' suburbs. Whole Foods is 40 miles away!

    The dessert and baked goods sections are ... interesting but surprisingly pedestrian considering the rest of the cookbook.

    The authors introduction to each recipe lost its shine about 10 recipes in. Then it started to be tedious and predictable. I would rather have the recipe printed on one single page rather than spread over several pages because of the authors need to explain her triumphs. The pictures however are gorgeous.

    2.5 stars.

  • Diana

    A beautiful book with some delicious looking recipes. Just...if I'm being honest...though it was subtitled "unfussy new favourites", I personally need a cookbook that's a little more simple/unfussy.

  • farmwifetwo

    Gave up about half way through. Been a number of years since I followed her blog but saw this book was out and got it from the library.

    I find her recipes to be complicated, and not practical both in the time required, the materials to assemble and their general ease to make. Not just to actually make the recipes but also to read them. One day, Mom and I plan to make her black bread... one day.

  • Ashley

    Not really any recipes that appealed to me & definitely none that could be useful as an add on to my day to day meals. Just too over the top for my tastes.

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