Smitten Kitchen Every Day
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 unfussy to make with triumphant results. Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery. Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites presents more than one hundred impossible-to-resist recipes—almost all of them brand-new, plus a few favorites from her website—that will make you want to stop what you’re doing right now and cook. These are real recipes for real people—people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavor or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about.You’ll want to put these recipes in your Forever Files: Sticky Toffee Waffles (sticky toffee pudding you can eat for breakfast), Everything Drop Biscuits with Cream Cheese, and Magical Two-Ingredient Oat Brittle (a happy accident). There’s a (hopelessly, unapologetically inauthentic) Kale Caesar with Broken Eggs and Crushed Croutons, a Mango Apple Ceviche with Sunflower Seeds, and a Grandma-Style Chicken Noodle Soup that fixes everything. You can make Leek, Feta, and Greens Spiral Pie, crunchy Brussels and Three Cheese Pasta Bake that tastes better with brussels sprouts than without, Beefsteak Skirt Steak Salad, and Bacony Baked Pintos with the Works (as in, giant bowls of beans that you can dip into like nachos). And, of course, no meal is complete without cake (and cookies and pies and puddings): Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake (the icebox cake to end all icebox cakes), Pretzel Linzers with Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cloud Cookies, Bake Sale Winning-est Gooey Oat Bars, as well as the ultimate Party Cake Builder—four one-bowl cakes for all occasions with mix-and-match frostings (bonus: less time spent doing dishes means everybody wins).Written with Deb’s trademark humor and gorgeously illustrated with her own photographs, Smitten Kitchen Every Day is filled with what are sure to be your new favorite things to cook.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day Details

TitleSmitten Kitchen Every Day
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
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GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Food, Cooking, Nonfiction, Foodie

Smitten Kitchen Every Day Review

  • Julie Ehlers
    January 1, 1970
    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 The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook). 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 The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook). 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 still 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, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, 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.
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  • farmwifetwo
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Laura McLoughlin
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Leigh Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Gretchen Alice
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Miss Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely photographs accompany each recipe - which is strictly essential for me as a very visual person - along with a brief description of how Perelman came to try it, recreate it, or some other personal note. Usually these anecdotes and cook's notes are easily skipped over, but I found her stories charming and funny. She acknowledges that life happens and the fancy recipe you set out to make sometimes has to change or your family situation shifts and you accommodate your cooking to meet that.All Lovely photographs accompany each recipe - which is strictly essential for me as a very visual person - along with a brief description of how Perelman came to try it, recreate it, or some other personal note. Usually these anecdotes and cook's notes are easily skipped over, but I found her stories charming and funny. She acknowledges that life happens and the fancy recipe you set out to make sometimes has to change or your family situation shifts and you accommodate your cooking to meet that.All in all, one of the most tasty cookbooks I have read for many a year. The whole book is a gem, but these recipes stood out.Smitten BliniRicotta Blini with Honey, Orange, and Sea SaltLoaded Breakfast Potato SkinPerfect Blueberry MuffinsQuick Sausage, Kale, and Crouton Saute*Chicken and Rice, Street Cart StyleParsley Basil VinaigrettePork Tenderloin agrodolce with squash ringsSizzling Bulgogi TacosMiso Maple Ribs with roasted scallionsPretzel Linzers with salted caramel*Wintry Apple Bake with double ginger crumbleApricot Pistachio Squares*Smeteneh Kuchen / Sour Cream Coffee Cake
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  • Jeanie Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    This cookbook is a winner for sure. I enjoy Perelman's anecdotes about cooking and eating, and her photography is killer. But for a cookbook to get my approval, the recipes have to be solid. We have cooked and enjoyed many from this book already, and will return again and again to these:-kale caesar salad- delish! (my son could have eaten the whole bowl himself)-red lentil soup - the addition of curry leaves made this dal like soup perfect-grilled yogurt flatbreads - yum! and super easy, was gre This cookbook is a winner for sure. I enjoy Perelman's anecdotes about cooking and eating, and her photography is killer. But for a cookbook to get my approval, the recipes have to be solid. We have cooked and enjoyed many from this book already, and will return again and again to these:-kale caesar salad- delish! (my son could have eaten the whole bowl himself)-red lentil soup - the addition of curry leaves made this dal like soup perfect-grilled yogurt flatbreads - yum! and super easy, was great with the lentil soup-crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame peanut dressing- so so good for dinner, but even better for lunch - I will make this often!- pizza beans- the family loved this cheesy mess, I prefer my beans on the less cheesy side (nothing can beat 101 Cookbooks fiasco beans in my opinion...)I'm looking forward to trying some other mains and salads from this book, and that chocolate pecan slab pie is definitely on the to-cook list as well.
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  • Manisha
    January 1, 1970
    PROS: - pictures of every recipe- for the same reason i've loved her blog for the last 8 years i've been a reader - i feel like i'm reading recipes written by a friend, i love the narration in her recipe intros- pictures of every recipe!!!!- lots of cool vegetarian mains - would make probably 90% of what's in the book (i'm not that into butternut squash or sweet breakfast foods womp womp) - PICTURES OF EVERY RECIPE!!!!CONS: - after making a couple recipes and skimming the rest, i can tell that s PROS: - pictures of every recipe- for the same reason i've loved her blog for the last 8 years i've been a reader - i feel like i'm reading recipes written by a friend, i love the narration in her recipe intros- pictures of every recipe!!!!- lots of cool vegetarian mains - would make probably 90% of what's in the book (i'm not that into butternut squash or sweet breakfast foods womp womp) - PICTURES OF EVERY RECIPE!!!!CONS: - after making a couple recipes and skimming the rest, i can tell that several of these recipes are definitely not "unfussy" and a few would require some research/specialty grocery store shopping, so i think these are more like weekend endeavors rather than every day cooking
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  • Penny Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    Oh yeah. I was leaning toward buying this one without looking at it first, because Smitten Kitchen, but then once I started drooling over the photos and descriptions I knew it had to be part of my collection. Then, to my amazement, I discovered that I'd made one of these recipes (chocolate pecan slab pie) for Christmas! So yeah - adding it to a cart right now.... Thanks, Deb!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is a great book; I marked several recipes to try in the weeks to come, including a mouthwatering artichoke parmesan galette, a carrot miso dressing I hope is like the one I loved in Seattle, and a potato-asparagus salad with gribiche. I don't know that I will seek to buy a copy just yet, but I anticipate borrowing the library copy more than once.
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  • erika
    January 1, 1970
    i'm a big fan of the blog, although i find some of the recipes to be unnecessarily complicated. but i've cooked two meals from this and they were fairly quick, easy, & tasty, and the photography is also beautiful.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Um, awesome. With simple, but nicely elevated meals, I can cook to please all the fussy folks in my life, but still have the flavor I crave. And I just tried out three recipes this week. All winners. As usual. Thanks, Deb.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    oh so awesome, easy, and inspiring. I love Smitten Kitchen!
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I love her blog, but I can't imagine making these recipes for "every day."
  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Love her recipes and am signed up for her email newsletter. She is one of my top go to chefs.
  • Clwseattle
    January 1, 1970
    I checked out Smitten Kitchen Every Day from our wonderful King County Library System. I confess I have never read (watched??) The Smitten Kitchen, but my dear sister is a fan so I expected to love this book. I did not. I feel Smitten Kitchen Every Day 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 Smitten Kitchen Every Day from our wonderful King County Library System. I confess I have never read (watched??) The Smitten Kitchen, but my dear sister is a fan so I expected to love this book. I did not. I feel Smitten Kitchen Every Day 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.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I got this from the library twice, and now it's time to send it back and buy my own copy. I was disappointed by Perelman's first cookbook despite absolutely loving her Smitten Kitchen blog, but this cookbook was a much better fit for both my own and my family's eating habits. We're vegetarian, so I can't comment on the Meat Mains section, but we made quite a few recipes from the Vegetable Mains section that were all very good. I've also made a couple of the salads, her "dense, grainy daily bread I got this from the library twice, and now it's time to send it back and buy my own copy. I was disappointed by Perelman's first cookbook despite absolutely loving her Smitten Kitchen blog, but this cookbook was a much better fit for both my own and my family's eating habits. We're vegetarian, so I can't comment on the Meat Mains section, but we made quite a few recipes from the Vegetable Mains section that were all very good. I've also made a couple of the salads, her "dense, grainy daily bread," the red lentil soup, and several of the cakes. Her directions are relatively straightforward, and each recipe includes a color photo. Some of her recipe intros are more interesting than others. If you like the blog but weren't a fan of her first book, I would still encourage you to pick-up this one.
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  • Quetzal
    January 1, 1970
    I won a print copy of this book from a Goodreads GiveawayThis cook book is awesome, my mother loved it too :D We cooked today two recipes, very easy to follow and also the ingredients easy to find.One of the things that I really it about the book is that in the beggining of each recipe Deb shared a little of her family and a bit of story for that recipe.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Majority of recipes are delicious and worth the effort to make, though I’m not sure they’re truly “every day” meals. I have one young child and it was a challenge to prep some of these dishes around his nap/eating/play schedule.
  • Ray
    January 1, 1970
    I loved her first cookbook, and now I have picked several recipes to try in this new cookbook, though most are of the unhealthy variety I would have to say. But sometimes special occasions demand throwing caution to the wind! A fun cookbook to read and look at, for sure!
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  • Liz Delf
    January 1, 1970
    I love Deb Perelman's voice and writing, and this was a lovely cookbook to read--each recipe intro is funny and warm, and the photos are beautiful. When it comes right down to it, though, there's only a few recipes I really want to try.
  • Zivile
    January 1, 1970
    Very simple but versatile dishes. Especially, the salads are amazing!
  • Maris
    January 1, 1970
    Every recipe I've made from this cookbook has been stellar. The tomato soup and spaghetti pangrattato are my two favourites so far. 5/5
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Some really good takeaway recipes here.
  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Only a handful of recipes in this one excite me... I love her blog though and it’s still a beautiful cookbook - every recipe has a photo!
  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    A ridiculous delicious and easy farro recipe and the absolute best blueberry muffins you will EVER make. All the recipes so far have been superb.
  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    This cookbook has lots of different recipes that look amazing. I like that there is a picture of every recipe!!
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