Yeah, yeah, ever late to the party. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook rocks, but you already know this, right? So I contacted SK's publicist ages ago (last fall) and received gallies and worked with the recipes for a few months and they're awesome. If you didn't buy everyone on your list a copy for winter holidays or mother's day, well father's day is coming up and there are always birthdays. And maybe it will be in paperback soon, or there's always the kindle edition, but who wants an eBook cookbook? not I.
Deb Perelman's recipe's and photography are just that fantastic. You should own this book. Her pizza dough recipe is OUR house pizza dough recipe now. I've been making the dough recipe that accompanied my pizza stone a decade ago and once I tried hers, well, I'm never going back. For one, that recipe takes too long, and for two, her recipe is tastier.
Her quick and dirty pizza dough recipe rocks, and honestly I always do that one. It's ready in less than thirty. But, she offers a longer one that you have to let rise for a Loooooooong time. But why wait? If you've got the time, I suppose you could do so. Like if you're also watching your grass grown in your yard. Whatever floats your boat.
And I don't love popcorn, but her popcorn cookies are freakishly good. The popcorn and cookie combination somehow works. The cookie dough batter is irresistible. Just work up a batch of that and spoon it up. Slowly, while you watch your grass grown and wait on your pizza dough to rise.
True confession: I rarely eat cookies, either, and I couldn't help but snarf these left and right one after the other. So, I actually haven't made them again, because both the batter and the finished product are too dangerous to my waistline.
Since I had the gallies, the photos were in black in white, so I had to imagine how drool-worthy Deb's photos were, but since you're undoubtedly familiar with her blog & online presence, you can imagine the book's real beauty. After Smitten Kitchen Cookbook appeared at bookstores I leafed through a copy and yeah, it was tremendously well-produced. Lovely paper, typography, and photography.
Why are you still reading this blog post? Buy a copy, or three, already.
I received gallies of this book from her publicist, just to let you know, so I'm in accordance with the new FTC regulations, but otherwise, I received no other form of compensation for this review. It's just what I do. I love to read. I love to write. I love to eat. Sometimes cook. And I love to share my opinion.