Just ask the Smitten Kitchen's 63,000 Facebook followers or its four million unique visitors per month: Perelman's supremely helpful, visually stunning, wittily worded food blog really did deserve to be named one of 2011's best blogs by Time magazine. (I know because I just visited it.) Perelman's recipes are accessible but not Betty Crocker plain; this is fun, energized eating.[Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In her highly anticipated debut, food blogger Perelman (whose website, SmittenKitchen.com, attracts more than five million visitors a month) offers more than 100 uncomplicated dishes intended for home cooks who hate risky recipes, including Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes, Mushroom Bourguignon, and Harvest Roast Chicken with Grapes, Olives, and Rosemary. Thoughtfully, she includes practical "do aheads" and "cooking notes" and suggests ingredient substitutions for non-U.S. readers. Since Perelman favors techniques like roasting and sautéing, this book is great for novices who lack space and specialty equipment. VERDICT Expect demand for this successful, unpretentious blog-turned-book.[Page 96]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A tiny kitchen and great eats are the winning formula for popular New York City food blogger Deb Perelman, confessed "picky" and "obsessive" self-taught cook of smittenkitchen.com blogging fame. In her first cookbook, awaited by an enormous fan base, Perelman shares her undisguised love of cooking and 300 recipes that come out of her apartment's postage stamp-size kitchen. Driven by curiosity and a desire to share her cooking discoveries, Perelman delivers a collection of lab notes from well-tested culinary experiments and open dialogue with blog fans whose questions Deb credits with having "fine-tuned my cooking by forcing me to question everything." What makes the best roast chicken? How can you make gnocchi light as pillows? She approaches each cooking challenge with aplomb, breaking the mold while inspiring readers to work with whatever challenges a tiny kitchen, limited budget, equipment, or untried recipes present. What better way to convince a friend of the virtues of popcorn than by combining it with a buttery brown sugar cookie? Perelman's love of strawberry shortcake inspires a biscuit-as-cradle for juicy tomatoes topped with whipped goat cheese. Included are a great number of vegetarian recipes. This fearless home cook's humorous anecdotes and delectable photos make for a food blog-gone-book that translates beautifully into any kitchen and fulfills Perelman's promise to help cooks prepare food that both "she and you will love." Photos. Agent: Alison Fargis. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC