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The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen - home cook, photographer, New Yorker and celebrated food blogger.

Deb Perelman loves to cook. 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, for special occasions – and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb 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 Deb founded her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labour can – and should – be delicious ... every time. Deb 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, candour, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Deb presents her first cookbook: more than 100 recipes—almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site—all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful colour photographs.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking. Here you’ll find better uses for your favourite vegetables: asparagus blanketing a pizza; ratatouille dressing up a sandwich; cauliflower masquerading as pesto. These are recipes you’ll bookmark and use so often they'll become your own, recipes you’ll slip to a friend who wants to impress her new in-laws, and recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time. Deb tells you her favourite summer cocktail; how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd; and the essential items you need for your own kitchen. From salads and slaws that make perfect side dishes (or a full meal) to savoury tarts and galettes; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.


Utterly scrumptious. It's the kind of food you want to eat at home every weekend

Yotam Ottolenghi

I'm a longtime fan of the blog and this is a wonderful cookbook

Rachel Khoo, Little Paris Kitchen

Approachable but exciting recipes that you’ll return to again and again

Waitrose Kitchen

Her food is creative, her writing chatty and discursive, and the sheer delight she takes in cooking things which work and give pleasure shines through on every page... Her attention to detail, partly a response to pernickety questions from readers seeking advice and clarification on her recipes, make her the perfect partner to hand-hold even the most bashful kitchen novice

Mail on Sunday

Smitten Kitchen reads like a conversation with a witty friend who can recommend the perfect nosh for any occasion

O, The Oprah Magazine

The next best thing to having your own savvy New York Jewish friend

Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

To resounding foodie cheers, Deb Perelman’s toothsome family recipes, all tested in her titchy Manhattan kitchenette, have finally made it from her blog to a glossy hardback

Scotland on Sunday



Home cooking at its mouthwatering best

Woman and Home

Her style is friendly and personal... Delicious new ideas, with the baking a particular highlight

Sally Hughes, BBC Good Food

Home cooking levelled up by someone who really loves and understands food, and it’s all captured beautifully thanks to her photography expertise…I always think it’s a good sign when I flick through a new cook book and immediately earmark about 90% of the recipes as ‘must make soon’, and even better to find I already have the ingredients for several of them in the house already! It’s the kind of book that I will find myself reaching for midweek inspiration as well as for ‘occasion’ cooking. Needless to say, I highly recommend it to everyone

What Kate Does

The photography is pretty and untricksy. Perelman's writing style is natural and confident and you will feel in safe hands cooking from this book

Saffron Strands


Inside a British Mum's Kitchen

It's been a long time coming for a cookbook to emerge from the author's small New York kitchen. Has it been worth the wait? Unequivocally, yes! Deb's recipes continue to amaze and surprise me. She's a home cook with a huge talent for changing the complexion of ordinary ingredients with a smattering of black sesame seeds or dried cranberries; she tweaks in all the right places

Culinaria Libris

Simple, honest and entirely delicious… It’s a great book, if like me and many home cooks, you have a tiny kitchen and limited resources then this is perfect for you. It’s simple, unashamed home cooking and utterly marvellous for that

Rob's Food Blog

Save money by knocking together a recipe from food blogger Deb Perelman’s new book… The New York breakfast casserole made with chopped bagels sounds weird but tastes amazing


Sings with bright ideas

Fiona McKim, Juniormagazine.co.uk

Every recipe is best served in good company

Matilda Long, Food and Travel

There’s something reassuring in knowing that Perelman has cooked every single dish in this book

Marie-Claire Digby, Irish Times Magazine

Deb’s approach is deliciously practical

Irish Independent

Deliciously fuss-free and features a range of recipes that won’t terrify you with their fiddliness… For food that’s homely, fun and not even a tiny bit pretentious, make this cookbook your friend

Sunday Business Post


Daily Mail Ireland

Every single recipe works a treat, having been tested numerous times by Debs. Lovely writing style, clear photos, great food

The English Can Cook

Deb Perelman has become a source of inspiration across the foodie blogosphere with her classy comfort food, beautiful photography and step-by-step guides

Be There

We are positively drooling over each and every page

Cambridge Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    February 18, 2013

    Square Peg

    336 pages

    RRP $45.00

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    February 28, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks

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