Deb Perelman the tour de force behind the massively successful cookery blog Smitten Kitchen finally released a cookbook last year to huge acclaim and I couldn’t wait to get my mitts on it. New Yorker Deb has been producing hit after hit on the recipe front for years now and as a result her blog has rightly become a huge success. Her blog masterfully combines witty commentary with never fail, easy-to-follow, crowd pleasing recipes. I feel like Deb gets me, she knows what I need and never lets me down, producing easy-to-follow recipes that produce great results! Suffice to say, I had high hopes for the cookbook.
There are no lofty airs here, just a shared passion for food and Deb’s culinary adventures (including the cock ups). Obviously Deb is American and so follows that this is, on the whole, an American cookbook with mostly American recipes – after all the book is billed as ‘Recipes from a New York Kitchen’. Having said that there are clearly also influences from all over the globe. It’s also worth noting that American cookbooks do call for a lot of sugar in majority of baked recipes but I feel this has been slightly tempered for the UK edition of the book
'The Smitten Kitchen cookbook' doesn’t disappoint! There’s a great mix of recipes from savoury to sweet including lots of veggie friendly options (Deb was a veggie for years). What I love about this book is I’m likely to already have a lot of ingredients needed for any given recipe and I know in advance that most things will be easy to recreate and low maintenance, making it a go-to for mid-week meals and late night bakes.
I currently have 3 recipes from this book in heavy rotation, the super quick homemade pizza recipe which junior is a big fan of, the gnocchi in tomato broth and the small but incredibly indulgent flourless chocolate cake – all always a winner. Oh and the chocolate peanut butter cookies are insane but back to pizza. The pizza is joy both to eat and make. Deb’s cracked a super speedy ‘rushed’ pizza dough recipe that means you can make it post work and still eat at a decent hour – also you only need a handful of easy to find ingredients to make magic happen. As you can see, I didn’t keep to the margherita pizza but went off piste adding lots of stuff for the veggie and spicy chorizo for myself I also ended up making a Nutella Calzone but that's a whole other post!