I've been "food reading" long before I started "food writing", and I can barely remember a time when I wasn't devouring the words and recipes of Deb Perelman, known to many as the face behind the popular food blog, Smitten Kitchen.
Thanks to Random House Canada, I had the chance to meet and mingle with Deb last week at a bloggers brunch event. She was in town promoting her much-anticipated new book, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and while I hardly feel she needs to pound the pavement in hopes of selling copies, it was a treat to have her here in Toronto, and I'm thankful for getting to spend some time with her.
As the invited guests and Random House staffers gathered in a boardroom to chat for an hour, we were also treated to a buffet of breakfast foods prepared by our hosts themselves. All of the recipes came from Deb's new book, and I can assure you that the big cluster maple granola is going to become a morning staple around here.
While that Saturday morning was great fun, what I'm most excited about is the book. Oh. What. A. Book. I can already tell that the pages of this tome will become well-worn and food-splattered in the coming years, as I make my way from recipe to recipe. I have yet to find something that I don't want to try, and the many photos - at least one per recipe - well-tested tips and charming stories that accompany each dish make me feel as though I'm holding a paper version of her digital masterpiece.
Some facts about the book.....
Book Title: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Author: Deb Perelman
Publisher: Appetite by Random House (here in Canada, Knopf in the US)
Number of Pages: 336
Number of Recipes: 105
On My Must-Make List: Whole-wheat raspberry ricotta scones, chocolate chip brioche pretzels, broccoli slaw, wild mushroom tart, mushroom bourguignon, balsamic and beer-braised short ribs with parsnip purée, chocolate peanut butter cookies, s'mores layer cake
Interesting Inclusions: I love the chapter dedicated to "how to throw a dinner party".
Target Audience: Pretty much anyone who loves to cook.
Would you like your own copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook?
Today, I'm giving away one book to a lucky reader. In order to enter, leave a comment on this post telling me which recipe on my must-make list you would most enjoy. Contest ends Wednesday, November 28th at midnight. Good luck!