Last Friday, author and food blogging goddess Deb Perelman — yes, she of Smitten Kitchen fame — brought her book tour to St. Louis for two fabulous events.
The first, a luncheon held at Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant as part of the Sauce Magazine’s Celebrity Chef Series, was one I sadly couldn’t attend. Seriously, why must our pesky day jobs always get in the way of the fun stuff? Oh, yeah … it pays the bills, that’s why. I digress …
I’m happy to report that the second event, a talk and book signing at the downtown location of Left Bank Books fit solidly into my schedule. I’m even happier to report that in addition to said talk and book signing, I was invited to a small, private reception with Deb (because, of course we’re on a first name basis now) beforehand … squee!
From reading Smitten Kitchen for the past gazillion years, one would think Deb is warm, funny, and totally approachable — someone you’d love to hang out with all the time — and, well, she is. Our hour with her quickly flew by as we excitedly discussed our blogs, the joy of blogging, Twitter, Instagram, foods we grew up eating that we still occassionally indulge in today (rye bread party pizzas, anyone?), and of course, Deb’s cookbook. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?
And as fast as the hour went by, I truly enjoyed every minute of it … and I’m truly honored to have shared it with Deb and some of my fellow St. Louis food bloggers, especially the always awesome Cupcake Project who set our private shindig up.
Later that night, I took Deb’s cookbook to bed with me. What? TMI? C’mon … what’s a little food porn among friends. Seriously, if you think the cover of the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is gorgeous, just wait ’til you see what’s inside.
Staring back at you from the beautiful pages of Deb’s cookbook are 105+ delicious sounding recipes and oodles of stunning food photography — all by Deb herself. I can only hope that one day my food photography skills become a fraction of Deb’s. I guess that means I need to start practicing more. Perhaps I can start by photographing the results of one of these — my 25 must-try recipes from annals of Smitten Kitchen.
- 44-clove garlic soup
- apple cider caramels
- blue cheese scallion drop biscuits
- cauliflower-feta fritters with pomegranate
- cherry cornmeal upside-down cake
- chicken empanada with chorizo and olives
- chocolate swirl buns
- corniest corn muffins
- cranberry, caramel and almond tart
- cream cheese noodle kugel
- crispy chewy chocolate chip cookies
- deb’s favorite peanut butter cookies
- devil’s chicken thighs + braised leeks
- fromage fort
- hello dolly bars
- mushroom bourguignon
- orange chocolate chunk cake
- pancetta, white bean and chard pot pies
- parmesan black pepper biscotti
- pink lemonade bars
- red wine chocolate cake
- soft eggs with buttery herb-gruyere toasts
- strawberry rhubarb pecan loaf
- the best baked spinach
Check back later this week to see which recipe I’ll try my hand at first … and tell me, friends … what’s your favorite Smitten Kitchen recipe?