Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013, 9:08 am
True confession: A Rachael Ray book and the Internet taught me how to cook, but it was Smitten Kitchen that sealed the deal.
Before there was the cookbook, there was the blog. Wait, what? Honestly, I don't know how people lived before they could go online and search for a zillion different ways to make something and instantly see pictures of the finished dish. Oh, right-- cookbooks, those bastions of delectable inspiration-- what would I do without them? Starve? Probably not, but my meals would surely be boring.
I've been a fan of the Smitten Kitchen blog since stumbling upon it in 2008 while looking for a coleslaw recipe for a summer party I was throwing. The slaw was a hit, and I've followed the blog religiously ever since, making recipes for the perfect home fries, pecan sandies, cabbage rolls, apple tarts-- I'm hungry just thinking about it!
Imagine, then, my excitement when I found out it was going to be a book! I realize a lot of authors have cashed in on the blog-to-book thing, but Smitten Kitchen stands out as being one of the best. Perhaps it's Deb's approachability-- she's not a formally trained chef so there are no fancy, expensive ingredients to search your grocery for-- and she's really great at explaining recipes and techniques in layman's terms. Oh, and get this, she even photographs her food herself in her tiny NYC kitchen! Whenever I search for a recipe, her blog-- and now her book-- is usually my first stop.
You'll want to make, and then eat, all of the gorgeous dishes featured in this outstanding example of a successful recipe blog turned book. If you can stop drooling at the photos long enough to motivate yourself!