Cheese blintzes are the reason Devra Ferst is proud to write about Jewish food. Smitten Kitchen shares her love for the cheese pockets — and offers a special recipe.
There are two general camps of cookbooks: the kind that you keep on the coffee table and the kind that you keep in the kitchen. The former are big, sumptuous, glossy numbers, usually full of exotic ingredients and complicated recipes. The latter are often less pretty but functional, stained by sauce splatters and muffin batter. It’s rare to find a volume that serves both purposes, but Deb Perelman’s wonderful [The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook]( http://smittenkitchen.com/book/](http://smittenkitchen.com/book/ ‘The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook’) is one of them.
There is no shortage of home cooking blogs out there. But Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen, a relate-ably personal, yet eloquent blog, is one of the lucky few to have gained a large and loyal following. In fact, it’s her blog’s popularity — she has about 4 million unique visitors a month — that led Perelman to the holy grail of food blogs — a book deal.