New York-based Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook and photographer; and the creator of SmittenKitchen.com, an award-winning blog with a focus on stepped-up home cooking through unfussy ingredients. Her first book, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (2012 Appetite by Random House), is all about uncompromised but utterly approachable home cooking: comfort foods stepped up, seasonal favourites and delectable desserts. It includes more than 100 recipes you'll use so often they'll feel like your own; recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time. Try her plum poppy seed muffins, pancetta pot pies or tres leches rice puddings (pictured above).
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