No doubt, some of you are already with the Smitten Kitchen, which began (and continues) as a blog. Author Deb Perelman lives in New York City and makes her magic in a very small kitchen. She churns out recipes that produce flavorful results without using exotic ingredients -- and she succeeds.
Every one of the recipes I've whipped up has been fabulous:
- Tres Leches Rice Pudding
- Wild Rice Gratin with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Baby Swiss
- Tomato Glazed Meatloaves with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
One thing to note: This is not a "health" food kind of book. Deb Perelman does not shy away from cream or butter or sugar. That said, there are many healthy recipes, including the Gratin I mentioned above.
And if you think you don't like rice pudding, try the tres leches version. It is amazing.