Chefs We Love

June 12, 2023

Recipes From Deb Perelman’s Cookbook Smitten Kitchen Keepers

It’s been 17 years since the launch of her popular food blog, Smitten Kitchen, and her two bestselling cookbooks are now essential reading for home cooks. And yet, Deb Perelman is still on her quest for the best version of the dish she knows we want to eat. She calls it “the one.” You know, the ultimate recipe for a favorite dish that’s as simple as it can be, never fails, and tastes sublime.

Her new book, Smitten Kitchen Keepers, follows The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and Smitten Kitchen Every Day and, to the delight of her legions of readers, follows the same no-nonsense approach as her blog. Much like the lead character in the movie Julie & Julia, Deb launched her blog from her tiny New York kitchen in 2006. Nearly two decades and millions of followers later (her husband being one of her first followers), the beloved cook and author is considered by many to be in the same league as Ina Garten. Her recipes work. Her food is beautiful to look at, and her method is straightforward and as streamlined as it can be.

This third book is partly inspired by her 13-year-old son, who wanted to know which of her recipes he’d be able to make. She started creating a “forever file” of her best fuss-free dishes. “It’s nice to have recipes that are both amazing to eat and that we don’t hate making,” says Deb. “If you need to use every dish in your house for a recipe and you have to go to four grocery stores to get the right ingredients, you’ll never make it again.”

Author: Alexandra Whyte

Deb Perelman


Recipes from Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files. ©2022 by Deb Perelman. Photography ©2022 by Deb Perelman. Book Design by Cassandra J. Pappas. Jacket Photography by Deb Perelman. Food Styling by Barrett Washburne. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved