I love Smitten Kitchen's blog and was so excited to finally get my hands on her book, the smitten kitchen cookbook, recently. What I really appreciate about Deb Perelman (the smitten one herself) is that her recipes really work. She has clearly been making them and testing them for long enough that they are publication-worthy. The book itself is also beautiful. Like her blogs, the photos are fantastic. So, you'll probably see a few of her recipes here in the coming months, because they're that good.
My first tested recipe is her Vinegar Slaw with Cucumber and Dill. I make similar things without the help of a recipe, but sometimes the seasoning is off, or I'm choking on excessive vinegar (never a pleasant thing). This recipe is perfect, and ridiculously simple. I ate is with jasmine rice and grilled soy-marinated salmon one night, then had leftovers tossed with ramen and crushed peanuts the next day for lunch. I also added some very thinly sliced carrots to the original recipe, so they got the full effect of the marinade, too.