World Chefs: Perelman offers pointers for great recipe hunting

Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:55am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Deb Perelman, author of "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook," believes there are no bad cooks, only bad recipes.

"I think a really great recipe should be able to lead someone who has never cooked before through a dish so they could make it as perfectly as that recipe's writer the first time," said Perelman, a proudly self-taught home cook, tireless recipe hunter and successful food blogger.

The 100 recipes collected in Perelman's first book are mostly new, except a few favorites from her celebrated Smitten Kitchen website.

Perelman, 36, spoke to Reuters about her pursuit of great recipes, her blog-to-book deal, and why her tiny New York City kitchen is "smitten."

Q: Were you expecting a book deal when you started your Smitten Kitchen blog?

A: "I wasn't' really looking for a book deal. Mostly I just wanted to do the website."

Q: Why?

A: "I wanted to have a place that I could share recipes that I thought were perfect: Go-to recipes that were easy, with accessible ingredients that I thought exceeded expectations."   Continued...

Deb Perelman, 36, author of "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" is shown in an undated file handout provided by Elizabeth Bick. REUTERS/Elizabeth Bick/Handout