Smitten Kitchen Every Day

Smitten Kitchen Every Day

Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

Book - 2017
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Shares unfussy, foolproof recipes that yield indulgent, flavorful dishes, including such options as sticky toffee waffles, bacony baked pintos, beefsteak skirt steak salad, and chocolate peanut butter icebox cake.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101874813
1101874813
Characteristics: xvii, 330 pages : color illustrations, photographs ; 24 cm.

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cookingthebooks
Jul 22, 2019

This cookbook was a recent birthday gift from my wife (does anyone else have an Amazon wish list packed with cookbooks?) We were so excited to feature this on our food blog and wasted no time getting started. Here are the dishes we chose:

•Granola Biscotti - A fun recipe that got us thinking about all the possible flavors we could incorporate. We'll definitely be experimenting in the future. Pepperoni biscotti anyone? (just kidding!)
•Potatoes and Asparagus Gribiche - Asparagus is probably the most commonly used ingredient for our Cooking The Books project. There is a window of time in the Spring when the pencil-thin asparagus arrives in grocery stores and is just screaming for a dish to be included in. Now that we are entering Summer, the current asparagus offerings resemble a small child's arm. Since this dish called for thin, bias-cut asparagus (which we also peeled slightly), it all worked out. However, I think we are taking a break from asparagus for a while. See you next Spring, buddy!
•Mango Apple Ceviche with Sunflower Seeds - What better way to celebrate summer than this fresh, vibrant salad! Unfortunately, it wasn't all unicorns and rainbows - as my wife sliced the tip of her finger while cutting the mango (they are slippery little guys, aren't they?)
•Charred Corn Succotash with Lime and Crispy Shallots - This dish checks all the flavor boxes - sweet, funky, sharp, hot, earthy. The textures from the fried shallots, tomatoes and green beans are great too.
•Manhattan-Style Clams with Fregola - Oh boy, where to begin? We were so excited to make this dish. In our quest to remain as true to the recipe as possible, we began what turned into an entire afternoon hunt for littleneck clams in Chicago. Our tomato-based sauce was on point - with the right amount of zing and heat. Upon adding the clams and simmering 10 minutes, we were devastated to discover that only two of the fifteen had opened up (thanks Mariano's!) Clearly, they were bad, and those two clams that opened? They had the taste and texture of a pencil eraser. The whole dish was a comedy of errors - including dropping a gin & tonic on the floor, sending shards of glass all over the kitchen and spilling a bowl of mint yogurt sauce as a farewell 'screw you' to what became one of the biggest dinner disasters since we started this project nearly six months ago. I'm sure eventually we'll look back on this and laugh about it but, for now, it's just too painful.
•Grilled Yogurt Flatbreads - We were honestly expecting this to have more flavor. We made this to accompany the infamous clam dish above. We added parsley, thyme, basil and mint but you wouldn't have noticed. We grilled these on a sandwich press rather than the recommended grill. Much easier! Perhaps it was appropriate these did not meet our expectations since they were served with the ill-fated clam dish. Next!
•Parmesan Dutch Baby with Creamed Mushrooms - The unanimous standout dish from this book. There's something very satisfying about watching this bake in the cast-iron skillet through the oven window. Whether it's waffles, cookies or these Dutch babies, we are suckers for taking a traditionally sweet item and making it savory.
•Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Mega-Cookies - Victoria made these and they definitely take the award for largest cookie ever! In fact, the recipe is for just two cookies but Victoria tripled it because, well, six cookies! Just as the recipe promises, they are thick, chewy and oh-so-good!
•Garden Gin and Tonic with Cucumber, Lime and Mint - We are nuts for a good gin & tonic. Our go-to gin lately has been Roku from Japan. However, for these classic gin & tonics, we decided to use our favorite old standby - Hendrick's. No fancy tinctures, essences or fussy nonsense. There's a reason folks have been enjoying these for decades.

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DT_kcls
Apr 01, 2019

I checked out Smitten Kitchen Every Day from our wonderful King County Library System. I confess I have never read (watched??) The Smitten Kitchen, but my dear sister is a fan so I expected to love this book. I did not.

I feel Smitten Kitchen Every Day is just too pretentious by half. I absolutely believe she makes these recipes for her lovely family, but there are a grand total of three that caught my interest.

The cover claims "triumphant & unfussy new favorites". There is nothing unfussy (kale dusted pecorino popcorn?) about these recipes, nor this cookbook. Frankly, I am not even familiar with many of the ingredients in the recipes... Fregola? Halloumi? I had to look them up... and heaven only knows where I would buy them in the 'country' suburbs. Whole Foods is 40 miles away!

The dessert and baked goods sections are ... interesting but surprisingly pedestrian considering the rest of the cookbook.

The authors introduction to each recipe lost its shine about 10 recipes in. Then it started to be tedious and predictable. I would rather have the recipe printed on one single page rather than spread over several pages because of the authors need to explain her triumphs. The pictures however are gorgeous.

2.5 stars.

TechLibrarian Jul 11, 2018

A friend once told me she reads cookbooks like she reads sci-fi, with one thought in mind: "plausible but NOT GONNA HAPPEN!" Whether you intend to make any of these recipes or not, check it out for the beautiful photos. If you are interested in cooking, then better; what I like most about this is it's not got anything to do with special diets. It includes meat and gluten and dairy and something for everyone. All that said, I have one nitpicky comment about this book: what makes a recipe "triumphant"?

EvonneMarie May 22, 2018

I am so "On the fence" with this book.
The high end exotic foodie in me loves it.
The practical budget minded mom says "what in the heck about this book is unfussy?"
I am not familiar with Smitten Kitchen as a blogger, in fact i didn't know it was a blog until reading some of the other comments.
This is not an Every Day cookbook for anyone in my circle, even my outer circle. It is a cookbook to grab for when you want to impress friends with something a little fancy. Christmas dinner at the In-Laws. Having the boss over for dinner (but not at the last minute because you'll have to go shopping for ingredients).
The recipes are solid. The pictures are beautiful. I want to make a lot of the recipes.
I feel like I would have liked this book better with a different title where I wasn't going into it with certain expectations. The recipes are triumphant. They are not (to me at least) every day, or unfussy.

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 26, 2018

OMG - the baked oatmeal with caramelized pears and vanilla cream (page 11) is amazing!

VaughanPLGraeme Jan 22, 2018

As a fan of the Smitten Kitchen blog, I was a bit disappointed by how few recipes in this book appealed to me. Having said that, two of the three recipes I did try were quite good: the "one-pan farro with tomatoes" and the "wintry apple bake with double ginger crumble". I also tried the recipe for "a dense, grainy daily bread” and really didn’t like the bread at all (even though I do generally like dense, grainy breads!). I will continue to follow the Smitten Kitchen blog, but for me this cookbook was just okay.

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LDZ2
Dec 12, 2017

Such a great cookbook. I've never had a fail with one of Deb's recipes, from the books or blog. The blini are amazing! I've made them twice. A great selection of recipes for many different dietary needs as well.

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infogrrl
Nov 01, 2017

Deb Perelman is my kitchen saviour! I have both of her books and use them frequently to help me plan meals. I also search her blog for inspiration. Her photos are gorgeous and her intros often make me laugh.

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