Deb Perelman needs little introduction. Author of the venerable cooking blog, Smitten Kitchen, she has been cooking (and tweaking) recipes, photographing her results, and sharing them with the world for over six years. Perelman is undoubtedly one of the most popular and prolific food bloggers around, so it's about time she published a cookbook!

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is essentially Perelman's blog bound in hardcover. The headnotes are peppered with details on her family, friends, and kitchen quirks. The photographs are sparse, well-lit, and all set on her familiar grey countertop.

And while the recipes stick to Perelman's general ourve (vibrant yet comforting meals) the featured dishes are (for the most part) unique to the book. As on her blog, the recipes are tested and adapted for even the smallest kitchens; many are excellent weeknight solutions, but there are more than a few entertaining-worthy recipes scattered throughout.

This week, we'll take a quick trot though Smitten Kitchen basics. For breakfast, we'll bake Big Cluster Maple Granola. Then we'll toss together two uniquely Perelman salads: Fingerlings Vinaigrette with Sieved Eggs and Pickled Celery and Honey and Harissa Farro Salad. Next, we'll whip up a speedy but full-flavored Mushroom Bourguignon, and then end the week with Harvest Roast Chicken with Grapes, Olives, and Rosemary.

Win 'The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook'

Thanks to the folks at Knopf, we have five (5) copies of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook to give away next week. All you need to do is tell us about the most blog-worthy meal you've eaten (or cooked) recently.

About the author: Kate Williams is a freelance writer out of Berkeley, CA. She is a contributor to The Oxford American and blogs at cookingwolves.wordpress.com.


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