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Smitten with Deb Perelman? Join the (Cookbook) Club!

March  2, 2018

It’s no secret we’re smitten with Deb Perelman—who wouldn’t be? We love her for her relatable confessions as much as for her recipes. Over the years she’s brought us many that are special, but still weeknight-friendly (case in point, her Mushroom Bourguignon).

So it comes as no surprise that our Cookbook Club voted to cover her latest book, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites, this month. If you don’t have her cookbook yet, we’ve got a few recipes and articles to keep you busy until your copy arrives:

Already have your copy of Smitten Kitchen Every Day? Fill us in on your favorite recipes so far in the comments.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Rebecca March 11, 2018
I made the Meatballs Marsala with Egg Noodles and Chives last night and not only did the final product look exactly like the picture in the cookbook, it was delicious!
Jane March 8, 2018
I've made the Perfect Blueberry Muffins at least 15 times already. I usually double the recipe. They are perfect.
We made the Strawberry Cloud Cookies today. My kids wanted to make a strawberry souffle like on Sarah & Duck, but we didn't have ramekins. This was a perfect alternative considering in the episode, Duck flies up to fetch a cloud. They taste like melt-away marshmallow fruit roll-ups or maybe they do taste like strawberry clouds. Either way, they're addicting.
Mary C. March 7, 2018
I loved the Brussels and Three Cheese Pasta Bake, but alas my kids did not (and I didn't even tell them it was brussel sprouts!) The Mushroom Shepherd's Pie, however, was a hit with every person in my family!
Kathy March 6, 2018
I've been making her Ceasar salad dressing for years, it's a family favorite and what I bring to potluck dinners. It's also quite easy to build a dinner around it. I made the single layer yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and it was a huge hit. Makes me think I've been making cake wrong this whole time.
Sharon D. March 6, 2018
The marble bundt cake is a dream! I've baked it twice this month and each time it came out moist and delicious.
Sara March 5, 2018
The Brussels and Three Cheese Pasta Bake is a MAJOR win. So delicious, and it's almost guilt-free because of the veggies. Two major salad dressing wins: her Caesar (for this anchovy-averse household), and the addictive carrot-ginger dressing in the Sushi Takeout Cobb. Also, the Carrot-Pistachio-Tahini-Chickpea salad is fantastic. Oh god, and the Party Cake Builder is one of the most genius things I've ever seen in a cookbook.
kathy March 5, 2018
Try the Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread (read the comments, first!)
Two T. March 2, 2018
I love the book! I have made (and blogged) both the Two Giant Oatmeal Cookies, and the Coconut Meltaways. Both great. Will have to try the olive oil shortbread! Also did the Streetcart Chicken, Everything Biscuits, Bulgogi Tacos and Birthday Cake.
Anne March 2, 2018
The caramelized cabbage risotto, street style chicken, and I must agree that the rosemary dark chocolate olive oil shortbread is nothing short of a miracle. For about a week straight my breakfast was a strong cup of coffee + two (or three or four) of those shortbread bites! As far as I'm concerned Deb can do no wrong.
Karin B. March 2, 2018
I made the sheet pan tofu + broccoli with peanut sesame pesto last night- even my tofu skeptical husband went back for seconds, and I can’t wait to use the pesto as a dipping sauce for homemade spring rolls. Deb is my cooking soulmate.
Lindsay-Jean H. March 2, 2018
Oh nice, glad to hear it was a hit, that's on my list for this week!
Missie March 2, 2018
The olive oil shortbread with rosemary & chocolate is divine! So easy to make and an interesting combination of flavors. Plus its not overly sweet which is great!