Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites, Deb Perelman’s long anticipated follow up to her New York Times best selling, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, delivers more than 100 new, easy-to-cook, impossible-to-resist recipes. Deb’s blog is indexed for our members (one click and you can add 1,150 searchable recipes to your bookshelf).

It is often said that sequels are never as good as the original, but the same can’t be said about cookbooks and especially is true about this one. We fans had to wait five years for this beauty but it was definitely worth it. 

Smitten Kitchen Every Day is our main January pick in the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club.  I’ve made the Spaghetti pangrattato for last Saturday’s dinner and it was out of this world tasty. I doubled the crispy breadcrumbs and used them for a chicken dish earlier this week. Members have made the Miso maple ribs with roasted scallions, Charred corn succotash, Crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame-peanut pesto and many other recipes all with raves. I mention those three dishes because I cannot wait to make them myself. I also bought Yukon Gold potatoes to make her Cacio e pepe potatoes anna – I can’t wait! Check out the club to see many other photos and notes about the recipes in this book. 

Deb does it again with simple but flavor packed dishes, vibrant photographs and a wealth of tips, variations and notes on recipes that any level cook can tackle and appreciate.  Special thanks to Knopf for sharing the following recipe with our members and to Knopf, Appetite by Random House and Square Peg UK for providing copies of this book in our contest below open to the US, UK and Canada. 


Bacony baked pintos with the works
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makes 6 servings

I totally get why the prospect of beans for dinner is a hard sell. Even if they weren’t the source of endless jokes, they’d still have to live down their culinary reputation as something that takes “forever” to cook, and then, when they’re done, they still need to be made into something else like soup or a stew or a mash to line tacos or a sweet and smoky side to barbecue. But I think a world in which we have a trick or two for turning a few cans or a bag of dried beans (still only $2, even in Manhattan) into a solid and satisfying dinner would be a better place, and this recipe is mine: pink, anonymous-seeming beans, baked with spices and served with all the fixings worth eating, eaten with our hands.

This meal is fun. The bacon assuages any meat-free-meal skeptics, but anyone who doesn’t eat meat can recognize its superfluousness here; it imparts a sweet smoky flavor, but there are so many tastes that if you were to skip it, you wouldn’t know it was gone. The fixings make it busy: a little kicky relish, juicy tomatoes, buttery avocado, a dollop of sour cream, extra lime and hot sauce for those who cannot get enough, and a great heap of oven-baked tortilla chips. You don’t need to share a table with an opinionated 7-year-old to know that dinners that are scooped up with chips are 100 percent more fun than those that are not.


  • 1 pound (455 grams) dried pinto beans (pink beans) or four 15-ounce cans cooked pinto beans
  • ¼ pound (115 grams) bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons (35 grams) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (the spice blend)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne, or shakes of your favorite hot sauce or chipotle purée to taste
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea or kosher salt (for lightly salted broth; use more for unsalted broth, and less for salted or canned beans)
  • 4 cups (945 ml) vegetable broth (for dried beans) plus 1 cup (235 ml) water (if beans weren’t presoaked), or 1 ½ cups (355 ml) vegetable broth (for precooked/ canned beans)


  • Soft corn tortillas for tortilla chips (estimate 2 tortillas per person)
  • Fine salt, to taste
  • ½ medium-large white onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lime, plus more lime wedges
  • 1 large avocado, diced or sliced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Sour cream, Mexican crema, or plain yogurt
  • Hot sauce

soak dried beans

Do you have to soak beans before you cook them? No, nope. But it will save a lot of cooking time, making this more of a 1-hour weeknight meal. So, if you can plan ahead, soak the pintos in an ample amount of water at room temperature for 24 hours. Don’t have 24 hours? I soaked mine for 3. Using canned beans? Skip this step entirely.

prepare your beans

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the bacon in a large ovenproof pot or Dutch oven or a deep sauté pan, and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the bacon is brown and crisp and the fat has rendered out, 5 to 7 minutes. Scoop the bacon bits onto paper towels to drain, spooning off all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Add the onion to the pan and cook (still over medium) until soft and lightly golden at the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the tomato paste, spices, and cayenne or chipotle, and cook for 1 minute. Add the salt and the canned or drained soaked beans.


• For precooked or canned beans, add 1 ½ cups broth.

• For soaked dried beans, add 4 cups broth. ·

• For unsoaked dried beans, add 4 cups broth and 1 cup water to start.

Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 full minute. Place a lid on the pot and transfer it carefully to the oven.

bake your beans

Please keep in mind that cooking beans isn’t a perfect science, and the amount of liquid absorbed if the beans are presoaked, the age and freshness of the beans, and even the softness of beans from a can are all going to affect how much cooking time and liquid are needed. But these estimates are fairly solid in my experience.

• Already cooked or canned beans: Bake for 15 minutes.

• Soaked dried beans: Bake for 45 minutes (estimate for 24 hours or longer soaking) to 75 minutes (estimate for 2 to 3 hours soaking).

• Dried beans that have not been soaked: Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, but after 50 minutes, start checking every 10 to 15 minutes to see if more liquid or cooking time will be needed.

The beans are done when they’re firm-tender and moist, with most of the liquid absorbed.

about 30 minutes before the beans are done, bake the chips Brush the tortillas lightly with oil. Stack them and cut into 8 wedges. Spread the wedges in one snug layer on a large baking sheet or two (because the beans are baking, you may need to do this in two batches). Season lightly with fine salt. Bake for 10 minutes, check for color, and then add more baking time as needed until they’re golden and crisp. Let them cool.

make the relish

Combine the onion, jalapeño, and cilantro with the olive oil and lime juice. Season with salt to taste. This is easily tweaked with more of any of the three ingredients to your taste.

to serve

Beans are served right in their cooking pan. Chips and each fixing go in their own bowls. Everyone assembles their bowls to their taste, and everyone wins.

Excerpted from Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites. Copyright © 2017 by Deb Perelman. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission from the publisher.


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  • skipeterson  on  January 10, 2018

    Artichoke and Parmesan galette

  • LJStubbs  on  January 10, 2018

    Pancetta, white bean, and Swiss chard pot pies.

  • EmilyR  on  January 10, 2018

    Bake sale winning-est gooey oat bars

  • zwetschgen  on  January 10, 2018

    Caramelized plum tartlets

  • lacyann84  on  January 10, 2018

    Winter slaw with farro

  • lauriesk  on  January 10, 2018

    I would try the perfect blueberry muffins.

  • janv  on  January 10, 2018

    I am all about the Garden gin and tonic with cucumber, lime, and mint

  • Kristjudy  on  January 10, 2018

    Artichoke and Parmesan galette

  • uclangel422  on  January 10, 2018

    loaded breakfast potato skins sounds amazing

  • DanieleK  on  January 10, 2018

    Perfect blueberry muffins

  • jr0717  on  January 10, 2018

    The Grandma-style chicken noodle – start with a classic!

  • Radiantpurple  on  January 10, 2018

    Sticky Toffee Waffles!!!
    Deb's online recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding was a HUGE hit at Christmas!!

  • PennyG  on  January 10, 2018

    Dry-rub sweet potato steaks with green bean slaw

  • Angryyew  on  January 10, 2018

    blueberry muffins

  • Karen.2018  on  January 10, 2018

    This sounds amazing! Caramelized cabbage risotto.

  • calliemar  on  January 10, 2018

    Charred corn succotash with lime and crispy shallots

  • contest718  on  January 10, 2018

    Grandma-style chicken noodle soup I love to make different versions of Chicken noodle soups. You can never have too many of these recipes in my book. This is my absolute favorite kind of soup.

  • eliza  on  January 10, 2018

    Jam bellied bran scones

  • infotrop  on  January 10, 2018

    Mom's bread bowl with spinach Liptauer and pickled red onions sounds dangerously delicious

  • cheftina888  on  January 10, 2018

    I love to try the blueberry muffins since I love muffins and the classic Grandma style chicken noodle soup since it's the one of the few things that I'll drink all winter long

  • jmay42066  on  January 10, 2018

    Loaded breakfast potato skins

  • readingtragic  on  January 10, 2018

    None – no giveaway for Australian members 🙁

  • tcjanes  on  January 10, 2018

    Caramelized plum tartlets.

  • lapsapchung  on  January 10, 2018

    Mango apple ceviche with sunflower seeds

  • Globegal  on  January 10, 2018

    Beefsteak skirt steak salad with blue cheese and parsley basil vinaigrette

  • sunnydaysrule  on  January 11, 2018

    Roasted tomato picnic sandwich.

  • heyjude  on  January 11, 2018

    Whitefish and Pickled Cucumber Salad

  • NikkiPixie  on  January 11, 2018

    Caramelized cabbage risotto

  • LizyB  on  January 11, 2018

    Miso maple ribs!

  • averythingcooks  on  January 11, 2018

    Spiced carrot and and pepper soup with a couscous swirl!

  • traculart  on  January 11, 2018

    Charred Corn Succotash w/Lime & Crispy Shallots!

  • vickster  on  January 11, 2018

    Chicken and Rice,Street Cart Style

  • lean1  on  January 11, 2018

    Perfect blueberry muffins are my first choice.

  • NaomiH  on  January 11, 2018

    Tomato and gigante bean bake/pizza beans

  • Mrskoz  on  January 11, 2018

    I'd definitely make the marzipan petit four cake!

  • sgump  on  January 11, 2018

    I like the idea of the wild mushroom shepherd's pie. (So it's technically a forager's pie, then, right?)

  • kmn4  on  January 11, 2018

    Spice cake

  • rchesser  on  January 11, 2018

    Carrot salad with tahini, crisped chickpeas, and salted pistachios.

  • vinochic  on  January 11, 2018

    Caramelized cabbage risotto

  • Foodycat  on  January 11, 2018

    The parmesan Dutch Baby sounds like my cup of tea!

  • jifar  on  January 11, 2018

    The perfect blueberry muffins.

  • TippyCanoe  on  January 11, 2018

    Ricotta blini with honey, orange, and sea salt

  • tarae1204  on  January 11, 2018


  • lilham  on  January 11, 2018

    The balcony pinto beans here sounds good. But I also like the tofu and broccoli in sesame pesto too.

  • sarahawker  on  January 11, 2018

    Mujadara-stuffed cabbage with minted tomato sauce

  • Maefleur  on  January 11, 2018

    I would have to say, the crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame-peanut pesto!

  • amylou61  on  January 11, 2018

    Is try the Everything drop biscuits with cream cheese. Yum!

  • lpatterson412  on  January 11, 2018

    Easy drop, berry shortcakes

  • hibeez  on  January 12, 2018

    every one of the appetizers!

  • stephlinde  on  January 12, 2018

    Pizza beans!!

  • Steben  on  January 12, 2018

    Caramelized cabbage risotto

  • bellasf  on  January 12, 2018

    The simple pizza dough seems to be a great place to start.

  • Yarnia  on  January 12, 2018

    OLive shortbread

  • rstuart  on  January 12, 2018

    The spinach, mushroom and goat cheese slab frittata!

  • Julia  on  January 12, 2018

    Manhattan style clams with fregola.

  • AnnaZed  on  January 13, 2018

    Baked oatmeal with caramelized pears and vanilla cream

  • Dannausc  on  January 13, 2018

    Perfect blueberry muffins

  • JulieQC  on  January 13, 2018

    The perfect blueberry muffins for sure!

  • camerashy131  on  January 13, 2018

    Two thick, chewy oatmeal raisin chocolate chip mega-cookies … all the recipes look delicious

  • peacheater  on  January 13, 2018

    That carrot salad sounds fabulous!

  • Laura.Chicago  on  January 13, 2018

    Bake sale winning-est gooey oat bars

  • LaurenE  on  January 13, 2018

    Caramelized plum tartlets

  • kitchen_chick  on  January 13, 2018

    Mini-matzo ball soup with horseradish and herb

  • AnneOther  on  January 13, 2018

    "A very simple pizza dough" might just end my search for the perfect pizza dough–can't wait to try it!

  • matag  on  January 13, 2018

    Olive shortbread

  • cora429  on  January 14, 2018

    The two thick, chewy oatmeal raisin chocolate chip mega-cookies

  • Livia  on  January 14, 2018

    It has got to be the Granola biscotti

  • lgroom  on  January 14, 2018

    Artichoke and parmesan galette.

  • Sueskitchen  on  January 14, 2018

    The cabbage risotto

  • SnarkyLarane  on  January 14, 2018

    Alex's Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail sound fabulous!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  January 14, 2018

    I would make the Spinach, mushroom, and goat cheese slab frittata first.

  • ebs  on  January 14, 2018

    Chicken and rice, street cart style

  • hungryinhouston  on  January 15, 2018

    crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame-peanut pesto

  • kroshey  on  January 15, 2018

    Blueberry Muffins

  • CMCooks  on  January 15, 2018

    Oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies 🍪

  • Signe  on  January 15, 2018

    Winter squash flatbread with hummus and zaatar

  • callkiki  on  January 15, 2018

    Bacony baked pintos with the works as growing up in Texas, I miss all the recipes like this with beans 🙂

  • ravensfan  on  January 15, 2018

    Meatballs Marsala with egg noodles and chives

  • Jtdodd  on  January 15, 2018

    The Chicken and rice, street cart style sounds AMAZING!

  • sdg8trgrl  on  January 15, 2018

    Herb and garlic baked Camembert, I love cheese!

  • elysek  on  January 15, 2018

    Loaded breakfast potato skins sound amazing!

  • Aboemi  on  January 15, 2018

    Artichoke and Parmesan galette

  • contrarywise  on  January 15, 2018

    Polenta-baked eggs with corn tomato and fontina sounds yum and like something that I could make with things I usually keep stocked.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  January 15, 2018

    The sizzling beef bulgogi tacos sound amazing.

  • lauraw192  on  January 15, 2018

    Perfect Blueberry Muffins

  • melmaren  on  January 16, 2018

    Beefsteak skirt steak salad with blue cheese and parsley basil vinaigrette!

  • NikiFreeman  on  January 16, 2018

    Fall-toush salad with delicata squash and Brussels sprouts

  • WCchopper  on  January 16, 2018

    The parmesan dutch baby sounds really good but those pizza beans are also calling my name!

  • ljsimmons  on  January 17, 2018

    Charred corn succotash with lime and crispy shallots

  • kelliwinter  on  January 17, 2018

    Baked oatmeal with caramelized pears and vanilla cream

  • southerncooker  on  January 17, 2018

    I actually have this book. If I won I'd give a copy to my daughter. I've already made several recipes from this book . All were fantastic. I think the first recipe I made was the granola biscotti.

  • Siegal  on  January 18, 2018

    Carmalized plum tartlets sound goods

  • trudys_person  on  January 18, 2018

    Lemon Meringue Pie Smash!

  • antpantsii  on  January 18, 2018

    Olive shortbread

  • milgwimper  on  January 19, 2018

    chicken and rice street cart style

  • Scotsman61  on  January 20, 2018

    Artichoke and Parmesan galette

  • RSW  on  January 20, 2018

    Deli rye English muffins

  • aku2737  on  January 20, 2018

    Halloumi roast with eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes

  • davisesq212  on  January 20, 2018

    Hands down, I would love to try the chicken and rice, street cart style! Living in NYC, the street cart chicken smells great but I am always afraid to eat it!

  • rstaudt  on  January 20, 2018

    I would make the wintery apple valley with double ginger crumble. Can't ever get enough ginger!

  • FireRunner2379  on  January 20, 2018

    I like the sounds of the Potatoes and asparagus gribiche.

  • IlisaStP  on  January 20, 2018

    Wild Mushroom Shepherd's Pie sounds like a great place to start!

  • dusksunset  on  January 20, 2018

    Olive shortbread

  • sequoia55  on  January 20, 2018

    Caramelized plum tartlets

  • dsf0422  on  January 20, 2018

    Tomato and gigante bean bake, et al.!!!!!!

  • AngelaLCooks  on  January 20, 2018

    Granola biscotti

  • Julieawills  on  January 20, 2018

    yummy- ricotta-blini-with-honey-orange

  • joyosity  on  January 20, 2018

    That potatoes anna looks amazing!

  • iheartnitz  on  January 20, 2018

    Baked oatmeal with caramelized pears and vanilla cream

  • Maaseelulu  on  January 20, 2018

    Grandma-style chicken noodle soup

  • Bakersdozen  on  January 21, 2018

    I want to try the Grilled yogurt flatbreads.

  • PennyPorter  on  January 21, 2018

    Caramelised cabbage risotto – sounds amazing!

  • Poppyjoey  on  January 21, 2018

    The deepest dish apple pie, bet this is amazing

  • starrie143  on  January 21, 2018

    Deli rye English muffins

  • annieski  on  January 21, 2018

    we tried the grilled squid, chickpeas and lemon recipe, substituting lime. It was WONDERFUL!

  • eileen2015  on  January 21, 2018

    Perfect blueberry muffins

  • Elledale1  on  January 21, 2018

    Interested in digging into the recipes.

  • rlmiller  on  January 21, 2018

    Any of the cabbage recipes – slaw, risotto, etc.

  • leftmostcat  on  January 21, 2018

    I'm a sucker for rye. Would love to try the rye English muffins.

  • bstewart  on  January 21, 2018

    Wild mushroom shepherds pie!

  • chasteph  on  January 22, 2018

    Crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame-peanut pesto sounds good.

  • RickPearson54  on  January 22, 2018

    spice cake

  • fiarose  on  January 22, 2018

    i love deb's recipes! from this book, definitely the grilled squid with chickpeas, chiles, and lemon

  • gloriole  on  January 22, 2018

    Polenta-baked eggs with corn, tomato, and Fontina!

  • itadakimasu  on  January 23, 2018

    crispy tofu and broccoli

  • tararr  on  January 23, 2018

    blueberry muffins

  • Chef_Jen  on  January 23, 2018

    Mujadara stuffed cabbage

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  January 24, 2018

    sticky toffee waffles found on page 23

  • chimpbob  on  January 24, 2018

    I would try the Blueberry Muffins first

  • Nancith  on  January 24, 2018

    Spring fried barley with a sesame sizzled egg–sounds really interesting!

  • njk4  on  January 26, 2018

    loaded breakfast potato skins for Sunday Brunch

  • JaneC  on  January 26, 2018

    Kale Caesar

  • bching  on  January 27, 2018

    I want to try the smashed cucumber salad with wasabi peas!

  • SheenaSharp  on  January 27, 2018

    my choice: Spinach, mushroom, and goat cheese slab frittata

  • Jenamarie  on  January 27, 2018

    Artichoke and Parmesan galette – two of my favorite foods!

  • Marcia1206  on  January 27, 2018

    I’m not entering I have this book and just want to say it’s great you will love it 😍

  • Mayandbill  on  January 28, 2018

    Winter slaw with farro

  • rachael_mc  on  January 28, 2018

    quick pasta and chickpeas

  • artthecat  on  January 29, 2018

    Spinach, mushroom and goat cheese slab frittata!

  • yd1556  on  February 1, 2018

    Sticky toffee waffles sound amazing!

  • JRumi  on  February 2, 2018

    Winter slaw with farro

  • HelenB  on  February 3, 2018

    Winter slaw with farro

  • t.t  on  February 3, 2018

    Sushi takeout Cobb

  • sunset34  on  February 4, 2018

    spaghetti pangrattato with crispy eggs

  • cambridgecook  on  February 5, 2018

    Zucchini stuffed zucchini

  • maria411  on  February 5, 2018

    perfect blueberry muffins

  • cake17uk  on  February 6, 2018

    My go-to garlic bread – love the sound of this

  • nicolthepickle  on  February 6, 2018

    The Raspberry hazelnut brioche bostock sounds incredible.

  • KarenDel  on  February 6, 2018

    I'd make the Sticky toffee waffles

  • HungryJamie  on  February 8, 2018

    Magical two-ingredient oat brittle

  • Karla123  on  February 8, 2018

    I'm intrigued with Sushi takeout Cobb.

  • shaz4  on  February 10, 2018

    I’d try the Brick hens with charred lemon

  • amberkg  on  February 10, 2018

    Carrot salad with tahini, crisped chickpeas, and salted pistachios

  • soffner  on  February 10, 2018

    Polenta-baked eggs with corn, tomato, and Fontina

  • choppergirl  on  February 11, 2018

    Blackout brownie waffle sundae…YUM

  • Sharmiro  on  February 11, 2018

    Winter slaw with farro

  • Veestar14  on  February 11, 2018

    Herb and garlic baked Camembert

  • usingSpoons  on  February 16, 2018

    A dense, grainy daily bread – having already seen it pop up on Deb’s insta-stories!

  • JenJoLa  on  February 17, 2018

    Cacio e pepe potatoes

  • orchidlady01  on  February 17, 2018

    Perfect blueberry muffins

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