Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Deb Perelman + GIVEAWAY

Summary: 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, un unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you every 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?

Deb founded her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor 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 finding the best of the best and adapting the recipes for the everyday cook -- the person with little time to spare, little money to burn on unpronounceable ingredients, and little help in the kitchen.

And now, with the same warmth, candor, 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 color photographs. (Image from smittenkitchen.com, summary from book)

My Review: Smitten Kitchen was one of the very first blogs I started reading, back when food blogs were still a novelty. I love Deb's recipes. Deb does everything she can to help you be successful in the kitchen. And I didn't need to pick up this book, look at it, or try out any recipes in order to tell you it's an outstanding book.

But, I did. Boy, did I look at it. I took it on two road trips as reading material, scribbled down a lengthly "to-do" list from its contents, baked Deb's S'more Layer Cake for my four-year-old's birthday, and had an after-Thanksgiving detox meal of her Spaghetti Squash and Black Bean Tacos and Vinegar Slaw with Cucumbers and Dill. Each one of those are recipes that I will definitely make again, and that's coming from a girl who's antsy to try new things and seldom makes the same thing twice.

Yes, her recipes are great, but I also love her personal anecdotes that accompany each recipe as well as her beautiful photos. Her black-speckled countertops are somewhat of a trademark, and I was tickled to see those speckled marks on the spine of the book.

This is a book I will turn to for meal planning, entertaining, spur-of-the-moment sweets, and special breakfasts. It's earned its spot on my "favorite cookbook" shelf.

My Rating: 5 stars

Sum it Up: This cookbook is going to get very, very dirty.

WOULD YOU LIKE A COPY OF THIS BOOK?

To enter to win you must:


  • Leave a comment on this post with your contact information and tell us what you love to eat during the holidays!

Eligibility:  This giveaway is open to US/CAN residents only.  It will run from November 28th, 2012 to December 5th, 2012 at 8:00 PM, PST.  The winner will be chosen randomly, posted publicly, and contacted swiftly to arrange shipping. Reading For Sanity reserves the write to disqualify any entrant for not following the rules or just being a giant pain in the tush.

99 comments:

Kelly said...

I love to eat dessert during the holidays - I am not picky. This cookbook looks amazing!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Erin - spiffycookie@gmail.com
I like to eat lots of holiday cookies!

Julie said...

We love to eat my sister-in-law's cheese balls (by the end of the time, I'm looking like a cheese ball). Well, and all of the pies, and cookies, and candy...Oh, gee. Just about anything that's food!. julieswope20@gmail.com

Callie said...

I typically eat pretty healthy, but around the holidays I can't get enough of the pie and the sugar cookies and well anything with sugar.

This Here Bliss said...

We love to eat appetizers - and lots of them!

brittlepurplecrayons said...

Please please please!!
*can you see me bouncing up & down in my chair?*

I'm Sara from Ringingthedinnerbell.com and an avid reader of Smitten Kitchen!

Even though stuffing ranks very highly on my looking-forward-to-eating list, this year's Twice Roasted Crispy Turkey ROCKED IT!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Alison said...

I love Smitten Kitchen's blog and I'm so excited about this book! I love eating family favorites during the holidays: homemade chex mix, shortbread, and chocolate-dipped anything! aliwi9 at gmail dot com

G'ma Jan said...

During the holidays I love to eat pie and fudge and spicy nuts.
jaminator81@att.net

Jen said...

I love to eat my grandma-in-law's strawberry cream cheese turnovers. Like for real drooling. www.bethetomato.jenhindes.com

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JenM said...

This cook book sounds great- thanks for the review Natalie! I'd be psyched to win a copy, but if not, it'll go onto my Christmas list!

Mia said...

Yum! I saw some reviews of the book on blogs I follow and it promises to be amazing! We usually enjoy ham during the Holidays, but I would love to make the S'more cake that Deb features in her book!

Carla
carlafulco@gmail.com

Heidi Babi said...

This cookbook sounds amazing! I don't have a "sweet tooth", I have a "savory tooth", so things like the stuffing at Thanksgiving are my favorite. And anything with cheese in it. I think I have a "cheese tooth", too.

lmcteer said...

I already wanted this cookbook, and so now i want it even more! Those tacos look amazing! (and the cake too). I just added it (the book) to my amazon wish list!

Michelle Nhi said...

This is a great giveaway! I love homemade Vietnamese comfort food during the holidays. Lots of stews, curries, rice noodles, etc.

overpowerovercome@gmail.com

Leslie G said...

I love to eat anything made with pumpkin. Always a holiday favorite! My contact info is reddirtgirl8@yahoo.com.

Wehrle said...

I THINK I EAT EVERYTHING DURING THE HOLIDAYS... HENCE THE HUGE WEIGHT GAIN EVERY YEAR!! HAHA!

Kristin said...

My family loves making (and devouring) giant ginger cookies every year during the holidays. Not only are they delicious, but the house smells delicious too!

DessertForTwo said...

I love to eat dessert over the holidays! Holiday cookies forever! :)

email contact: Christina @ DessertForTwo. com (remove spaces)

Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} said...

I would love a copy of this book! My favorite holiday treat is my mom's mint meringues - so special!
- Erica, coffeeandquinoa@gmail.com

VAS said...

I love all the cakes and cookies...yumm

Rebecca Black said...

I love all the candy that my mother makes during the holidays. Caramels, "cracker" candy, fudge, puppy chow, you name it. And, I'm following in her tradition!

Rebecca, black.rebecca.w@gmail.com

Anne Bennion said...

I love all of the homemade candy - toffee, peanut brittle, fudge, divinity. I don't love what eating all of the candy does to my waistline though! My email is domestcgoddess@hotmail.com.

Jenny said...

I'm totally daydreaming about that S'more cake. Oh my goodness. I love all goodies over the holidays, but mostly I love pie. All pies. :)

mmalavec said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love all kinds of food, but my favorite to eat during the holidays are always desserts! and I love to bake, so I am baking and eating - lol. I would love to own a copy of the Smitten Kitchen!

Nancy said...

Your review will force me to buy this book if I'm not the lucky winner! it sounds great. thanks.

Anonymous said...

My favorite Holiday treat is the everpresent fruit cake with lots of whipped cream!
Libby Strange
4613B Plaza Hills Ln
Hixson, TN 37343
423/266-6443
libbystrange@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I love my friend's old-fashioned date balls. They are my fave. ashley_honeydew@hotmail.com

Danae said...

danae(dot)kannely(at)gmail(dot)com

I love fudge, and all kinds of Christmas cookies. We go a little crazy on the baking around here during December. :)

Kiss and MakeUp said...

I love anything with red velvet!!!

Elenaargyros at gmail dot com

gorjush said...

Hi would love to have this book! i love SK!
gorjush at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

OMgoodnes! I would love to win her cookbook! She is a genius! yakimaniac5@clearwire.net

Niki

Sweet Virginia said...

I love the old favorite family recipes--cookies, dressing, etc.!

Danielle Villano said...

Yum! I love her blog and the recipes you tried sound delicious. I love comfort foods over the holidays... sweet potatoes and cookies are my weaknesses :)

Best,
Danielle
thereaderscommute@gmail.com

http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

Kari M said...

I love to eat lefse during the holidays.

kari.etc(at)gmail.com

Gwen said...

I love dip. Veggie dip, fruit dip, cheese dip, chip dip. On-the-healthy-side dip, not-so-healthy dip. Any kind of dip. (What a weird word to repeat.) I'll eat dip any time of year, but lucky for me, it's always there at holiday parties.

Thanks for the chance to win! gfaithd [at] gmail [dot] com

Janssen said...

Chocolate and caramel. . . any combination :)

janssen.everyday at gmail

Niki Baker said...

I love to eat all the different desserts and cookies that my family makes when we get together.

niki20072@gmail.com

The Hojnackes said...

I love to eat home made gingerbread cookies!
laura.hojnacke(at)gmail.com

Nicki Behnke said...

Nicki- nickadoodle2@juno.com

One of my favorite Holiday treats is a chocolate covered peanut butter ball... with fudge as a close second.

Alyse said...

I love to cook biscuits, and some new sides on the holidays.

Kathy Goldman said...

I love dessert and the holidays are all about sweets, so I look forward to this time of the year.

Anonymous said...

I wouldlove to win this book. I am probably weird, but I like to eat cornbread dressing with lots of celery and onion in it.

ilene said...

I love Christmas cookies.

Dolcie said...

I love anything cranberry or anything pumpkin!
Dolciet at hotmail dot com

e.s. said...

I love pie,and anything cranberry or peppermint.Love this time of year,and amexcited about thisgiveaway-this promises to be an amazing cookbook.
yandes@gmail.com

Brittany said...

Christmas tree cookies! They are a buttery almond slice and bake cookie, and we've been eating them as long as I can remember.

Andrea said...

I hate to admit it but I LOVE to indulge in sweets during the holidays, I'm not too picky any thing sweet will do!
andie.v107(at)yahoo.com

jpetroroy said...

I love sweet potato pie.

Jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Alice (fa11enan9e1) said...

I love christmas cookies! Also, Deb is absolutely fantastic!

Hilary said...

Our Christmas Eve dinner is my favorite meal of the season.

Anna {Hidden Ponies} said...

Oooh boy, if I win this I promise to make it very dirty too...I'm sure every recipe is a winner! I am all about nanaimo bars at this time of year, and shortbread...and most treats, really.
Anna (hiddenponies@gmail.com)

Donna said...

Any thing sweet, oh and dips, mmmm.

Tina said...

Chocolate!

Anonymous said...

nothing much as the "holidays" are now rather hollow for me due to several ongoing life events.

fruitcrmble AT comcast DOT net

Lorraine said...

I want to read this book! And her blog, and cook her food. I love to eat anything with pumpkin or peppermint during the holidays.
lorrainestarks@gmail.com

Sara said...

I love this book, it is on my christmas wishlist! Let's make it come early!

needle and nest said...

Oooh! I love sweets, especially soft, frosted sugar cookies. Thanks for a chance to win this fab cookbook! I love Smitten Kitchen and would love to win a copy of the book. You can find my contact info on my blog profile. :)

Amanda said...

What don't I like to eat during the holidays? Peppermint, cookies, chocolate, popcorn, homemade food!

yagerama @ gmail - SO want this book for Christmas!

Bethany said...

peppermint bark!!

Bethany
bjfasnacht (at) gmail (dot) com

bianca @ sweet dreaming said...

i would love to win this book! such a fan of smitten kitchen

Julie said...

I love to eat EVERYTHING during the holiday season! julieryan917@gmail.com

jan said...

I LOVE to eat pie... any kind!

Adam said...

Roasted vegetables and a roast.

parlasoni said...

i love dipping chocolates and eating chocolates during this time of year!!! buckeyes, peppermint patties, red velvet truffles, etc. :) and i would also love to win this book! {if i win you can contact me through my blog as i don't like posting my email address}

Kari said...

I love to have my grandmothers Divinity during the holidays. so rich but so good!
roxyrookie@yahoo.com

Loretta E. said...

I love eating ham, egg bakes, and any homemade desserts!

Lindsay said...

Anything chocolate and mint is perfect for the holidays, in my book. Love Smitten Kitchen!!

lindsayburnett@live.com

Cheryl said...

I love eating Egg Nog ice cream and pumpkin cream cheese roll, during the holidays. I only eat them once a year so I don't feel one bit guilty about it.

Janine said...

Any Christmas cookies and candies!

alexis s said...

peppermint ice cream! :-)

aschassberger at yahoo dot com

Taisa said...

Around Thanksgiving, I love anything pumpkin flavored, and around Christmas, anything peppermint flavored!

Andrea @ Eat Run Work Play said...

Andrea Smith- I love to eat all desserts and holiday candies during the holidays! It's a huge sugar rush! andreasmith19 at gmail dot com

Susana I. said...

Holiday candies! Like candy corn, marzipan, and so on :) (susyszoo@hotmail.com)

Anonymous said...

I love to eat all the different Christmas cookies that come out this time of year.

sharon @ shadra01@sbcglobal.net

Heather Spooner said...

I love to eat ambrosia during the holidays. It's a family tradition to make a big batch. Thanks for the giveaway. I love The Smitten Kitchen blog.
hsheree2012 at gmail dot com

Restless Wit said...

Apple pie and ice cream. Sounds so basic but I love it.

Sarah said...

I love to eat cookies during the holidays!

sarah.hawkins.pinchers@gmail.com

Karen said...

I love to eat cookies during the holidays. And See's candy.
karenreichmann@hotmail.com

Judy said...

Leftover turkey is my favorite. There are so many things to do with it!

Kathryn said...

The holidays for me are all about PIE!! pumpkin, lemon, chocolate cream, you name it :)

kathryncolton@yahoo.com

Lindsey said...

During the holidays, I like to eat a lot of things...but I think my new favorite is pumpkin crunch cake!

Lindsey.Stefan@comcast.net

Cardio Queen said...

I am definitely a dessert person! I love all things chocolate, fruity, or crusty...haha even though that sounds gross. The s'more's cake looks amazing and makes me want to buy a torch to make it!

Ashley Randall said...

Ashley R.
ashleyrndll@gmail.com

Apple Crumble Pie and Pecan Pie are two holidays musts in my house!

CarrieM said...

carrie dot hare @gmail.com We love oatmeal chews!

Anne said...

Breakfast on Christmas! I'm so excited because this year, we're starting a new family tradition and having cinnamon-sugar pull-apart bread. Yum!

kalei said...

All kinds of desserts!!

Alina said...

I love to eat any sweets during the holidays!!! Great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Definitely love sweets at any time!


connsean@yahoo.com - Sean

Crafty in Paradise said...

I'm unable to resist all the gorgeous christmas cookies!

Marina said...

Would love to win this spectacular cookbook with the pages/binding that lay flat (so I've heard)!!

BMK said...

My weakness is my family's homemade Christmas cookies.

Lasha said...

During the Holiday, I love to eat sweet potato pie, german chocolate cake, roasted pecans dusted with cinnamon sugar, and my mom's peach cobbler with a dollop of butter peacn ice cream. We sit around the table enjoying stories and a slice of something sweet and super delicious!

Thank you so much for this giveaway opportunity.

Have a wonderful Day!

Sincerely,
Lasha


Contact info: arudd908 at gmail.com

Baking in the Attic said...

I think the problem is what DON'T I like to eat over the holidays! I'm all about the rich sweets and holiday cookies.

cwl1182002 [at] gmail [dot] com

Hstanley said...

Heather Stanley

h.stanley@hotmail.com

I love to eat sweet ham and lots of casseroles!

Paula said...

I love lefse with butter and a little sugar.

palershade (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

During the holidays my favorite is turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce. Yum.

Contact info: Windy Phillips, windy {dot} phillips {at} gmail {dot} com

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MindySue said...

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! Congrats to LINDSAY BURNETT, winner of THE SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK!

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