Thursday, February 28, 2013

Win a Copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Just in Time for Author Deb Perelman's Signing at Left Bank Books This Weekend [Updated]

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What are your favorite resources for cooking and baking?

It really depends. If I'm looking online, I definitely gravitate toward web sites that have reviews on recipes. I do a lot of reading. Wikipedia can be helpful for learning more about dishes. I tend to use Larousse Gastronomique and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking to get the basic idea of an agreed upon recipe. I tend to use a mixture of artier reference cookbooks including The Silver Spoon cookbook.

How about some blogs you like to follow?

Some of my favorite food blogs are ones I've been reading from the beginning like The Wednesday Chef, 101 Cookbooks, and Chocolate & Zucchini. I follow a lot of blogs like Homesick Texan and The Amateur Gourmet.

What are your best tips for home cooks, like yourself, with tiny kitchens?

I'd say that you shouldn't be intimidated by your small kitchen. One of the hardest things is getting into it. It helps to start with a recipe that's something you're craving immensely. If you want tomato soup and don't know any place to get it, you're driven and don't mind getting through the limitations because you want this. That's the first recipe you should make. Then, pick something else you want that no one is going to make the way you want, like something from that crazy expensive restaurant that you can't go to all the time. Build your cooking around that and you'll slowly have a repertoire of go-tos.

Do you have any favorite kitchen tricks or shortcuts to impart upon your readers?

I'm not a big time-saver cook. I think I'm more concerned about enjoying time in the kitchen but not making things overly difficult. Some recipes start with a mirepoix of onions, carrots and celery. If you would like to see those vegetables at the end of your meal, chop them. But use a food processor to finely chop if it's just for the base of a sauce or soup to make it easier on yourself.

What's next for you?

Getting back to normal life. I'm having a lot of fun out here, but I'm looking forward to getting back to a regular routine.

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