I’m having an affair. A somewhat scandalous one. And it is completely supported by my husband.

So, a not-so-secret affair, then.

With whom, you ask? Well after hearing interview an interview with Deb Perelman on the Diane Rehm show a few months ago (I spend a lot of time in the car and have listened to disproportionate amount of NPR in the last 2 years), I starting browsing the Smitten Kitchen website for her recipes and her prose, too. Because that’s how good her recipes sounded on the radio. You can listen to the interview here.

Now Smitten Kitchen is a giant in the food blogosphere. And after sampling her wares, it begs the question: how did I not find this before? Because everything has been awesome. And thoughtful. And well-written.

And then, for Christmas, my husband gave me the cookbook. Which was not even on my wishlist. But has definitely been to the benefit of my marriage. Some of the recipes are from the website and some are unique to the cookbook. All are well-tested, have yet to flop at my house and the photography makes me want to take better pictures. All this is to say that it’s a cookbook that gets used and is likely to get used for the foreseeable future.

Here’s a partial list of the yummies that have made it to the table in the past little while:

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Buttermilk ChickenPeach and Sour Cream Pancakes (with strawberries, because that’s what was in our co-op basket)

Whole Lemon Bars

Tomato Meatloaves

Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns.

Droolishiciousness. That’s a word.

So a little review of a book by someone who wouldn’t know me from a cactus. But it’s really about this: friends don’t let friends not know about good cookbooks. Now go forth and cook!