Deb Perelman has been writing a food blog since 2006 that draws five million visitors a month. She spends a lot of time fine-tuning her recipes for the everyday cook and taking the beautiful color photographs that accompany them.
The Smitten Kitchen is Perelman’s first cookbook and it is fantastic. It is filled with tempting recipes that are not fussy or pretentious, drool worthy color photographs, and cooking notes that you’ll actually use. The headnotes are amusing, a pleasure to read, and tell us what the recipes are doing in the book and why Perelman loves it. There are recipes for a special occasion or a weeknight.
If you enjoy cooking from scratch with recipes that have been perfected, then this is the book for you.
Gooey Cinnamon Squares from The Smitten Kitchen
A cookbook that is similar to the Smitten Kitchen is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond, who also has a popular food blog, writes accessible recipes and wittyheadnotes, and takes her own photographs.