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Leek Fritters and a Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway

May 2009. It’s a month before our wedding and I’m struggling to figure out what to serve to our vegan guests.  The current menu is full of decadent carnivorous dishes: lobster and clams, bacon wrapped scallops and miniature crab cakes.  A platter of grilled veggies for our vegan friends feels like a cop out… so I gather every resource I have (cookbooks, magazines, blogs) and scour each for ideas.  After hours of searching, I come up empty.

Desperate, I send an e-mail to a blogger whose site I’ve been reading for a while.  Her recipes have always been delightful and I think, “Heck, maybe she has some ideas”.  Within an hour, a response flutters into my mailbox… and it’s loaded with suggestions. We go back and forth a bit, and, soon, she has guided me to a recipe for bulgar salad stuffed peppers (which, ultimately, gets raves from our guests).  If I hadn’t felt a bond to her already, this sure solidified things.

I’m not sure if Deb remembers this interaction (I have no doubt that she gets a number of inquiries each day), but it’s one that I will never forget.  I had the pleasure of meeting her in person in July at the Big Summer Potluck and we got to have some nice little chats over the course of the weekend.

Like most home cooks, I’ve been anticipating the release of her book for quite some time (how long has it been? It feels like she announced it eons ago).  Well folks… The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is finally here and it is just as magnificent as you would expect from something created by Deb.  As soon as it arrived the other night, I marked the pages of every recipe I want to make (ok… maybe not every, because my copy would be full of Post It notes).  I am a sucker for rugelach, so I can’t wait to dig into her Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach.  And the Vermouth Mussels with Oven Fries is totally calling my name.  I know Eric won’t mind if I spend the next few months cooking all of these.  Right, Eric?

Since I have no patience, I immediately got to work and whipped up these leek fritters. They’re served with a garlic and lemon sour cream sauce that is just magical.  After I took pictures, I promptly devoured them (making me feel slightly guilty).  They were wonderful and I’m planning on adding them to my Thanksgiving menu.

Ok… so, now that I’ve gone on and on, here’s some fun news:  The publishers of the book have very generously provided a copy for me to giveaway!  Yup! That’s right!  You could have your very own copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (you can also purchase it, of course, though I know it’s always fun to win things). Oh, and since I’ll hopefully be seeing Deb when she comes to Boston, I will try to get it signed too.

Unlike most giveaways I do here, I’m going to open this up to everyone (not just US/Canadian residents)! Woo hoo!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post

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Official Rules: This is a worldwide giveaway.  No purchase necessary.   Giveaway will end on November 16th 2012 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. 

Leek Fritters

(adapted from Deb Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook)

yields approximately 10, 2 1/2 inch round fritters.

Ingredients for the Pancakes

4 large leeks, pale green and white parts only

2 scallions, trimmed, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

Pinch of cayenne

1 egg

2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil, for frying

Ingredients for the Lemon and Garlic Sour Cream

1/2 cup sour cream

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pinch freshly grated lemon zest



1.  Fill a bowl with cold water.  Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and plunge them in the water, fanning the layers to get rid of any grit.  Once they are clean, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips.

2.  Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the leeks for 3 to 4 minutes, until they are softened but not limp.  

3. While they are cooking, whisk together the flour, baking powder, a few grinds of black pepper, ginger, and cayenne.

4.  Drain the leeks and dry in a towel or cheesecloth.  Make sure to get rid of as much water as possible.

5.  Transfer the leeks to a large mixing bowl and add scallions.  Add the flour mixture to the leeks and toss to coat.  Add the egg and stir until it is incorporated with the mixture.

6.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place in the oven.  Heat the oven to 200 degrees.

7.  In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until it begins to shimmer.  Scoop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the skillet (I made 3 fritters at a time).  Using a spatula, gently flatten the fritter. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, or until it is golden brown.  If they are cooking too quickly, lower the heat.  Flip fritters and cook until the other side is golden.  Drain on paper towels and transfer to oven.

8. Repeat with remaining batter.

9. While they are in the oven, make the sour cream by whisking together all the ingredients and seasoning with a little salt.

10. Serve fritters immediately and top with a dollop of sour cream and a little additional lemon zest.

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  • RosaNovember 8, 2012 - 1:48 am

    I love leeks, so those fritters really appeal to me! What a lovely recipe and wonderful book.



  • Chilli and MintNovember 8, 2012 - 2:31 am

    This looks delicious and perfect when my father comes over as he is onion intolerant (would have to omit the scallions as well!). Would love a copy of the book. Another one you may want to have a peek at for vegetarian/vegan ideas is ‘Plenty’ by Yotam Ottolenghi, really worth getting your hands on. good luck.ReplyCancel

  • GinaNovember 8, 2012 - 3:59 am

    I have had my eye on this cookbook ever since it came out, would love to own it!ReplyCancel

  • julieNovember 8, 2012 - 4:32 am

    These look delicious. I usually mix zucchini and leeks but I’ll have to try these for sure. I live in Israel and I don’t have access to most of the products that many bloggers use in recipes. Not that I would want to ruin my chicken with a powdered concoction that is supposed to taste like Ranch anyway. The ingredients she uses on smittenkitchen are all totally natural and available to me(which I absolutely love) and even better, anyone can make them – well, most of them. Dyyying to get my hands on her cookbook! :)ReplyCancel

  • Camilla M. MannNovember 8, 2012 - 6:57 am

    This looks so fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlNovember 8, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Love Smitten and have been dying to get this book! These fritters look fantastic. I love that she wrote you back within an hour. :)ReplyCancel

  • gailNovember 8, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Clearly this is one of the most anticipated cookbook releases…EVER, and for EVERY point of view. Vegetarians, carnivores, pescatarians, BAKERS…everyone is panting with desire for this book.

    Gorgeous leeks, Brian!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run RepeatNovember 8, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Oh my goodness, these fritters look amazing! I’ve been dying to get my hands on this cookbook ever since I started hearing about it in the blogosphere and am salivating over all of the gorgeous photos. Great job on the fritters!ReplyCancel

  • Ken┃hungry rabbitNovember 8, 2012 - 7:43 am

    I love fritters and these looks absolutely mouthwatering.ReplyCancel

  • gailNovember 8, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Brian, I tweeted & posted it on my personal FB page AND my One Tough Cookie page!!! Serious business, baby!ReplyCancel

  • Ken┃hungry rabbitNovember 8, 2012 - 7:46 am

    I’ve salivating over this cookbook for awhile. Please let me win, pretty please. Oh, and I tweeted.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren H.November 8, 2012 - 8:04 am

    These fritters look amazing! I would LOVE to own this cookbook- so many inspiring recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Maria MalaveciNovember 8, 2012 - 8:08 am

    My mom makes these and they are absolutely delicious! I would love to win this cookbook. Thanks for the chance!


  • Maria MalaveciNovember 8, 2012 - 8:09 am

    Shared on Pinterest!



  • Maria MalaveciNovember 8, 2012 - 8:11 am


    tweeted about the giveaway


  • vanessaNovember 8, 2012 - 8:12 am

    Those fritters look lovely. I’ve been drooling over her book, I’m seeing it everywhere. Her recipes are always good.ReplyCancel

  • Maria MalaveciNovember 8, 2012 - 8:12 am

    Shared on my FB Wall


  • LaurenPNovember 8, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Smitten Kitten is one of my favorite food blogs! Beautiful food, wonderful flavors. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve made on her site!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenPNovember 8, 2012 - 8:23 am

    I shared on Pinterest!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta | A Finn In The KitchenNovember 8, 2012 - 8:24 am

    If her book is anything like her blog, it would be amazing to win!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica H.November 8, 2012 - 8:26 am

    I’ve heard so many good things @ this book – I can hardly wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • laurenNovember 8, 2012 - 8:33 am

    I adore her blog and would love to read the “book version” – thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckNovember 8, 2012 - 8:36 am

    Oh my, does those every look good. Deb’s recipes are consistently great, and she always manages to come up with things that make me say, “I have to make that right away.”ReplyCancel

  • Sara CNovember 8, 2012 - 8:44 am

    Those leek fritters are amazing! I would love to win a copy of Smitten Kitchen ;)ReplyCancel

  • pennyNovember 8, 2012 - 8:51 am

    Fried stuff? Count me in. This is a beautiful book.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarNovember 8, 2012 - 8:52 am

    I soooo want to have this book! What a great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • StaceyNovember 8, 2012 - 8:59 am

    I haven’t ordered this yet and have been following her for a long time. This recipe looks great, and the Vermouth Mussels with Oven Fries sounds like it’s to die for.ReplyCancel

  • Dara @how_to_eatNovember 8, 2012 - 9:06 am

    Those look incredible! I’ve made her zucchini fritters and they have become the new chanukah latke! I LOVE SK and would LOVE that cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • StaceyNovember 8, 2012 - 9:07 am
  • Dara @how_to_eatNovember 8, 2012 - 9:08 am

    Just shared on Twitter too!ReplyCancel

  • MickyNovember 8, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Great site – thanks for hosting this giveaway! The book looks awesome.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyNovember 8, 2012 - 9:13 am
  • KateNovember 8, 2012 - 9:21 am

    I’ve already asked for this cookbook for Christmas, but it would be great to get it a bit early!ReplyCancel

  • DanielleNovember 8, 2012 - 9:23 am

    I am IN LOVE with Smitten Kitchen! What a great giveaway just in time for the holidays :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H.P.November 8, 2012 - 9:23 am

    These fritters look awesome!ReplyCancel

  • DanielleNovember 8, 2012 - 9:23 am

    I Tweeted about it!ReplyCancel

  • DanielleNovember 8, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Also posted to PinterestReplyCancel

  • MollyNovember 8, 2012 - 9:25 am

    What a wonderful wedding memory. If this cookbook is anything like the sk blog we’re in for quite the treat.ReplyCancel

  • TRNovember 8, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Mmm those Leek Fritters do look yummy! I’d love to win this cookbook.


  • KimNovember 8, 2012 - 9:32 am

    I love her work so much! Cannot wait! And how excited am I? All the ingredients for those fritters are in my fridge/pantry. Guess what’s for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieNovember 8, 2012 - 9:32 am

    I want these leeks & thus book.ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksNovember 8, 2012 - 9:39 am


  • HeatherNovember 8, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Oh, yes, please! Love me some Deb. I really need to learn to do more with leeks – they’re delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Art & LemonsNovember 8, 2012 - 9:47 am

    I would have done the same after cracking open Deb’s book—these fritters show no mercy. They must be made with a healthy dose of the lemon and garlic sour cream (and no guilt allowed)…ReplyCancel

  • thelittleloafNovember 8, 2012 - 9:47 am

    I adore the Smitten Kitchen blog and would love to win a copy. Have just shared this fab competition on Facebook too :-)ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethNovember 8, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Love fritters (really anything fried) and think this cookbook looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Shaunna@mamas13minutemileNovember 8, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Love! Love! Love!ReplyCancel

  • Keely BNovember 8, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Yum! I love Deb’s smitten kitchen blog.ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteNovember 8, 2012 - 9:52 am

    Deb’s blog was one of the first I followed – I’m always looking for great vegetarian recipes.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneNovember 8, 2012 - 9:56 am

    I was pretty much jumping for joy when my copy came in the mail! It’s just beyond gorgeous. I already made the marbled pumpkin tart…and these fritters are certainly next up on my list!ReplyCancel

  • LouanneNovember 8, 2012 - 10:09 am

    Would love to get my hand on a copy of this cookbook! Just love the Smitten Kitchen Blog!!ReplyCancel

  • LouanneNovember 8, 2012 - 10:10 am

    I shared on pinterest!ReplyCancel

  • Kay FrishmanNovember 8, 2012 - 10:17 am

    So yummy!ReplyCancel

  • CaleyNovember 8, 2012 - 10:31 am
  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconutNovember 8, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Gorgeous photos. I have been reading Smitten Kitchen blog for years and am so excited to see Deb’s cookbook finally out in stores. Her recipes and stories are amazing, I have always loved her style. You did an awesome job making her leek fritters. I am a huge fan of leeks, one of my go to ingredients in many dishes. Oh and Yes I would love to win the book!ReplyCancel

  • DebNovember 8, 2012 - 10:37 am

    I just can’t wait to start cooking recipes from Deb’s fantastic new cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • jillianNovember 8, 2012 - 10:39 am

    Your photos are lovely, and I love the Smitten Kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • elNovember 8, 2012 - 10:48 am

    I have been reading her blog for years. I would LOVE to have her cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ The Dapper Paper Co.November 8, 2012 - 10:49 am

    these look so good! if it’s a fritter of anything, i’ll eat it!
    I wants that book. I wants it something bad.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaNovember 8, 2012 - 10:57 am

    I’ve been hearing all about this cookbook. Would love a copy!ReplyCancel

  • LeahNovember 8, 2012 - 11:05 am

    I have been waiting for this book to come out! I’m so excited!ReplyCancel

  • BabsNovember 8, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Deb’s book is a winner. Hope I am, too!ReplyCancel

  • BowenNovember 8, 2012 - 11:23 am

    Would love a copy of Deb’s new book!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget @ Champagne FrostingNovember 8, 2012 - 11:33 am

    I just got really hungry looking at your pictures! I love the Smitten Kitchen blog and Deb’s cookbook looks amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • CaitlinNovember 8, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Looks delicious and easy, plus I just happen to have a bag of leeks sitting in my fridge. Shared on Pinterest.ReplyCancel

  • ShannonNovember 8, 2012 - 11:53 am

    i cannot wait to check out this cookbook!!! these fritters look like a great starting place :)ReplyCancel

  • KristaNovember 8, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    Anything made into fritter form is amazing…ReplyCancel

  • RyanNovember 8, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    First look at the blog and it looks great. Love smitten kitchen, and her recipes, so I imagine this one is stellar as well.ReplyCancel

  • Kate W.November 8, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    I have been trying so hard not to buy this cookbook since it is on my Christmas wishlist.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - Meal Makeover MomNovember 8, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    The recipe looks delicious. And that sauce. Wow. Would really love to win this cookbook! Deb was just in Boston but I didn’t have the opportunity to go see her. Would have been a blast, I’m sure.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Voulelis MalaveciNovember 8, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    Oh my goodness my mom makes these and they are so very delicious! I would love to win a copy of the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! Thanks for the chance! — mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)eduReplyCancel

  • natalieNovember 8, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    wow what a nice book and those fritters are awesomeReplyCancel

  • TammyNovember 8, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    This leek fritter recipe looks terrific.ReplyCancel

  • Kristyn JennaNovember 8, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    The last ten months or so I’ve really committed to learning how to cook; Not because I truly enjoy the actual cooking aspect, but because I LOVE food, and I love bringing people together to eat a delicious meal. I’m becoming a little more daring in my recipes, and this cookbook looks like a fantastic challenge!ReplyCancel

  • KarenNovember 8, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    This recipe sounds soooo good and would be perfect as an appetizer for a small dinner party. Will definitely check out the cookbook-thanks!ReplyCancel

  • EatingPlacesNovember 8, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    I love her recipes – good idea to reach out to her for your menu! The cookbook is beautiful, thanks for doing this giveaway. I can’t wait to see a copy! eatingplaces (at) gmail (dot) com.ReplyCancel

  • EatingPlacesNovember 8, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    Tweeted (via @EatingPlaces).
    eatingplaces (at) gmail (dot) com.ReplyCancel

  • Carole ResnickNovember 8, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    I follow you on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Carole ResnickNovember 8, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    I follow you on Pintrest.ReplyCancel

  • EileenNovember 8, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    Leek fritters? Those sound amazing! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! :)ReplyCancel

  • AndreiaaaaNovember 8, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    I love her work :)
    The book might be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia RiveraNovember 8, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    I love to bake and cook and always looking for new books to add to my cooking bookshelf. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hawkins-PinchersNovember 8, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    These fritters look awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Jerry ColeNovember 8, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Looks like a great book. Would love to be able to have it in my kitchen for reference, or to share with my children.ReplyCancel

  • la fata della zuccaNovember 8, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    …so great!! I would really love to win a copy of that book! Thanks for the chance!!!ReplyCancel

  • MichaelNovember 8, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    I’m also a huge fan of leeks but I feel terrible discarding the woody dark green parts. Any suggestions on how to use them?ReplyCancel

  • Elena TuckerNovember 8, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    Ooh I happen to have some leeks from the farmers’ market in the fridge right now! Making this recipe today :) Would love to try others from the book too!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon MiroNovember 8, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    I often go to Smitten Kitchen when I am looking for a fresh idea…I like these leek fritters and wil be trying them very soon.ReplyCancel

  • Joan ColonnaNovember 8, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    That’s it! I needed a recipe for vegetarians this Thanksgiving. This sounds fantastic! Perfect timing :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Henceroth WallenNovember 8, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    These fritters look delicious! I was just looking at her cookbook yesterday! It’s lovely and has lots (!) of vegetarian recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Baker (@jbakernyc)November 8, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    Viva la Smitten Kitchen! A friend made one of the dips from the website at a house party and I have been hooked every since!ReplyCancel

  • Allison DayNovember 8, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of Deb’s blog for YEARS, and you just can’t go wrong with her recipes, so I would love to win a copy of her cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Robin C.November 8, 2012 - 3:13 pm

    The woman is a genius!!ReplyCancel

  • mindy trottaNovember 8, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    I love Deb. Have been a devoted follower of her for a few years. Remember all her milestones too–like the birth of her “delicious” little boy. If I don’t win this book, I’ve got to get it by hook or by crook anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel MarcelloNovember 8, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    I love Deb at Smitten Kitchen and her cookbook is on my Christmas list. I’d love to win it here!ReplyCancel

  • MeganNovember 8, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Love her blog — and love the look of those latkes!ReplyCancel

  • Carol NewmanNovember 8, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    I love to read cookbooks and the pictures from this book make me want to try every recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicNovember 8, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me the bond bloggers form with each other over a recipe! Such a wholesome looking fritter too!ReplyCancel

  • MeganNovember 8, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    I’ve never even tried a leek. They look amazeballs.ReplyCancel

  • RachelNovember 8, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Gorgeous photos (yours and Deb’s :))! I’d love to win a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Workman GoeschNovember 8, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Beautiful cover and photos.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing ItNovember 8, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    You’re not alone in feeling that “bond” with Deb. She wouldn’t know me from Adam, but I admire her so much. I can’t wait to make this dish and my fingers are crossed that I win this beautiful book!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Workman GoeschNovember 8, 2012 - 4:18 pm
  • BrandyNovember 8, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    The book looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Robin C.November 8, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    I tweeted about this post @raechef2ReplyCancel

  • Robin C.November 8, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    I shared the link on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • RobinNovember 8, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Pinned, tweeted and facebooked! <3ReplyCancel

  • Whitney Wish JohnsonNovember 8, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    Re-tweeted and pinned to pinterest. Can’t wait to try this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • JennieNovember 8, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Smitten Kitchen has fantastic recipes and a beautiful photos and a great voice!ReplyCancel

  • gailNovember 8, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    thanks for this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • CellabellaNovember 8, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    I adore Deb’s blog and have enjoyed all the recipes I’ve ever made from her site! Thank you so much for the giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • MadelineNovember 8, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    Those look delicious, I’d love to try her cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon MiroNovember 8, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    I tweeted about this post earlier today. Good stuff.ReplyCancel

  • KatieNovember 8, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    The smitten kitchen cookbook is so beautiful! I would love to own it!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh NeedlemanNovember 8, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    cookbook looks beautiful… :)ReplyCancel

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  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.November 8, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Looks awesome! I have not seen their book yet!! Looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • libbyNovember 8, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    I would love to win the book, love her blog too.ReplyCancel

  • Krista HedderichNovember 8, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    Yum! How exciting. As always, I enjoy your photos, and well, now I’m hungry. Hope I win the cookbook! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Camilla @ Culinary AdventuresNovember 8, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    Just realized that I commented on facebook, not on your post. Whoops. Love, love, love this recipe and I just happened to get some leeks in my CSA box. Dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Kate | Food BabblesNovember 8, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    I love leek fritters but I’ve actually never made my own. These look amazing! I also love Smitten Kitchen so I definitely would love to own Deb’s cookbook. What a great recipe and giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Kate | Food BabblesNovember 8, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • heidiNovember 8, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook. her site has been a favorite and was actually the first blog I subscribed to.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherNovember 8, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    What a great giveaway! I have her cookbook on my Christmas list but winning it would be even better! :)ReplyCancel

  • HeatherNovember 8, 2012 - 8:04 pm
  • Jennifer BakerNovember 8, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Looks delish! A friend made me the Smitten Kitchen Dip at her house party and I have been addicted every since!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole-LynnNovember 8, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    That recipe sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing, hosting this great giveaway!


  • Jill HartleyNovember 8, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    What a beautiful cookbook! I would be honored to win!ReplyCancel

  • The Squishy MonsterNovember 8, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    What a lovely way to prepare leeks! I want 10 now :)ReplyCancel

  • KelseyNovember 8, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Those fritters look BOMB. So many great recipes inside that book. Yay Giveaways!ReplyCancel

  • Laura WongNovember 8, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Smitten Kitchen is a great blog with some terrific recipes. I’m sure the book will have many “go to” recipes in it! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • CarrieNovember 8, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    This cookbook looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Erica KennedyNovember 8, 2012 - 9:09 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! And thanks for sharing the recipe, I never know what to do with leeks sometimes…ReplyCancel

  • MarieNovember 8, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    Oh my… I have to try it.
    Wish you the best for your wedding. :)
    (Shared on facebook, oh yeah!)ReplyCancel

  • TracyNovember 8, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    Definitely making those fritters. Love SmittenKitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessNovember 8, 2012 - 10:31 pm

    I’ve been waiting to get this cookbook. Deb is a sweetheart and I adore her blog. Love these fritters and want some now at this crazy hour! Thanks for hosting a fabulous giveaway:)ReplyCancel

  • Fayanne ThorngateNovember 8, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    Wow! The leek fritters look delicious. I’m sure the other recipes in the book will be just as delicious!ReplyCancel

  • JennNovember 8, 2012 - 10:37 pm

    These look wonderful, Brian!! Great giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • NinaNovember 8, 2012 - 10:42 pm

    Love your blog, and her cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Katy PenrodNovember 8, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    I love the Smitten Kitchen blog!ReplyCancel

  • Katy PenrodNovember 8, 2012 - 11:50 pm

    Shared on Pinterest :)ReplyCancel

  • GraceNovember 9, 2012 - 12:54 am

    I adore Deb’s recipes. I can’t wait to get my hands on this cookbook. It’s been on my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • GraceNovember 9, 2012 - 12:57 am

    I share on twitter! “‏@gracerusch
    Oh do I want this cookbook. RT “@MyFoodThoughts Enter to win a copy of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – http://www.athoughtforfood.net/?p=8394ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BrayNovember 9, 2012 - 12:59 am

    I would love to win the cookbook!!ReplyCancel

  • EllNovember 9, 2012 - 3:11 am

    It would be so fun (and delicious) to win this cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • ZitaNovember 9, 2012 - 4:57 am

    I’ve been following your and Deb’s blog for a while not. Both of them are amazing. I’m so happy that these giveaway is worldwide open because I can have a chance to win the book. Yipeee!ReplyCancel

  • ZitaNovember 9, 2012 - 4:58 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway (@ziziadventures).ReplyCancel

  • ChandaNovember 9, 2012 - 6:23 am

    These will be made. Soon!ReplyCancel

  • Angie TorresNovember 9, 2012 - 7:16 am

    It is 2:16 a.m. and those fritters just look to die for! *tummy grumble* Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • ElinNovember 9, 2012 - 8:28 am

    This cookbook looks fantastic! It would be a nice addition to my collection.ReplyCancel

  • SUMMER PLEWESNovember 9, 2012 - 9:38 am

    This book looks incredible and your post has made me hungry lol. I am already dying to try some of deb’s creations!!ReplyCancel

  • Maren ZNovember 9, 2012 - 10:01 am

    I would love to win the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Maren ZNovember 9, 2012 - 10:02 am

    I shared on PintrestReplyCancel

  • Barbara P.November 9, 2012 - 11:43 am

    The cookbook is beautiful, thanks for doing this giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara P.November 9, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Shared on my FB WallReplyCancel

  • kristinaNovember 9, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    i’d love it! would keep me from getting my phone all greasy from looking up the recipe while cooking. :)ReplyCancel

  • JoAnnNovember 9, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    ZOMG is there anything better than leeks?! SERIOUSLY!ReplyCancel

  • Paula @ Vintage KitchenNovember 9, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    Those fritters look wonderful and I can´t wait to see the rest of the book!ReplyCancel

  • jessica wNovember 9, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    This book looks wonderfulReplyCancel

  • MerylNovember 9, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    It sounds like a great cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • LouisNovember 9, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.comNovember 9, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    I’d love to win this book! Smitten Kitchen is one of my most favorite blogs. Your fritters look very appetizing, I’d love to have a bite!ReplyCancel

  • Justine GNovember 9, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    Love leeks! And have been following Smitten Kitchen for a long time.ReplyCancel

  • Justine GNovember 9, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Just shared this on Pinterest as well!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl W.November 9, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    I dislike leeks, but I adore Smitten Kitchen. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl W.November 9, 2012 - 7:03 pm

    I pinned this to my pinterest wall.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl W.November 9, 2012 - 7:04 pm
  • MaryNovember 9, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    I love leeks… and fritters!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelNovember 9, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    That is such a wonderful memory! It’s also so awesome to know that everyone has someone they look up to in this funny food blogging/cooking world. I have no doubt in my mind that her book is wonderful and packed with amazing recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Mei Mei Street KitchenNovember 9, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    WANT TO EAT NOW. NOW! Brian, why do you do this to us!ReplyCancel

  • karenNovember 9, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Yum! I love Deb’s recipes!

  • CatherineNovember 9, 2012 - 11:04 pm

    Only Deb could make leeks a star ingredientReplyCancel

  • Amanda TinkerNovember 10, 2012 - 12:17 am

    These look so delicious I might serve them at my Christmas family dinner! Thank you for the post!ReplyCancel

  • JoanNovember 10, 2012 - 8:05 am

    I’d love to win a copy of this great book. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • JoanNovember 10, 2012 - 8:05 am
  • JoanNovember 10, 2012 - 8:06 am

    I shared on pinterest and here’s the link

  • JoanNovember 10, 2012 - 8:08 am
  • BrennanNovember 10, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Looks wonderful! Beautiful photo, too.ReplyCancel

  • KatherineNovember 10, 2012 - 9:48 am

    I am a longtime reader of Smitten Kitchen, and would love to get my hands on a copy of the book. My current favorite of Deb’s recipes, the mushroom bourguignon, is apparently reprinted in the book – I can’t wait to see what other gems she has in there!ReplyCancel

  • UlaNovember 10, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Ohh, how I would love to win this cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • MichalNovember 10, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    These look great!
    And I love Smitten Kitchen, so I’d love to win this book.ReplyCancel

  • Meg LNovember 10, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    This looks amazing. I would love to win the book!ReplyCancel

  • MaryNovember 10, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    I love leeks and this recipe looks great! Something different and easy to do. I’ve visited SmittenKitten’s website and would love a copy of the cookbook! MaryReplyCancel

  • MaryNovember 10, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    I meant SmittenKitchen, of course!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole StrykowskiNovember 10, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    Oohl…those fritters look yummy! And so does the Sazerac!ReplyCancel

  • BeckyNovember 10, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    I have some leeks that we got from our CSA and I have been wondering what to do with them. I will try this recipe tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Kate UnderwoodNovember 10, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    Looking forward to trying the fritters and checking out the new cookbook! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Blissfully DeliciousNovember 10, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    Yummy! This looks great – and I can always use a new recipe for leeks :)


  • Beth WangNovember 11, 2012 - 3:53 am

    I’m so excited about this cookbook! I just added it to my Christmas list the other day.ReplyCancel

  • BentheNovember 11, 2012 - 6:07 am

    I’m in, awesome give-away!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth CH S.November 11, 2012 - 9:11 am

    I’ve always loved fritters, though my favorites are zucchini fritters. Also, hurray cookbook giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • LucyNovember 11, 2012 - 11:09 am

    These fritters sound great – I love how simple yet delicious they are! The book looks wonderful, I love the Smitten Kitchen blog.ReplyCancel

  • MerylNovember 11, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    Sounds like a great cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley HarveyNovember 11, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    Oh yum! I have some sad looking leeks sitting in my fridge that would be put to good use with this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)November 11, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    These fritters look wonderful, I love the dipping sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda TreiberNovember 11, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    This cookbook looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • M.J. ValdesNovember 11, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Those fritters are lookin at me!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyNovember 12, 2012 - 1:32 am

    I’ve definitely been looking forward to taking a look at this book – I’m prepared to be impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Martha SarfatyNovember 12, 2012 - 3:07 am

    Yay Deb! She is amazing, isn’t she? So excited for this book!ReplyCancel

  • SarahNovember 12, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Im going to try and convince my friend who hates onions to try these!ReplyCancel

  • SteffanyFNovember 12, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    This cookbook is totally on my amazon wishlist. And these fritters look DIVINE. <3 the wedding story-what an epic save! Hope you're doing well. :)ReplyCancel

  • LeslieNovember 12, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    The library is my usual go-to for cookbooks. This cookbook, though, will just have to be in my own collection. And these leek fritters look amazing.ReplyCancel

  • MariaNovember 12, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    I would love, love, love to win this book!!!!ReplyCancel

  • MariaNovember 12, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    shared your lovely post on pinterest :)ReplyCancel

  • MariaNovember 12, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    and tweeted about it alsoReplyCancel

  • Liz @Fresh PlateNovember 12, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    This cookbook is on my Christmas list. Keeping my fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

  • KimNovember 12, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    That looks really delicious and the book looks great. I love Smitten Kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Jill McOwenNovember 12, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    I love her blog and would love to win the Smitten Kitchen cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • LeslieNovember 13, 2012 - 7:06 am

    These leek fritters look amazing. I have several vegetarians (including myself) at Thanksgiving Day dinner next week, and these look like the perfect addition to our menu!
    I’ve only just discovered your blog, but am thoroughly enjoying it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • SarahNovember 13, 2012 - 9:29 am

    These look amazing! Looking forward to making these this week! :)ReplyCancel

  • natashaNovember 13, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Love Deb’ blog and yours too!ReplyCancel

  • amelia from z tasty lifeNovember 13, 2012 - 10:33 am

    Brian: I have always been sort of “scared” of leeks…not sure why, because I like to tackle any ingredient, really. So this is a refreshing way for me to break that fear! And of course… I am drooling for SK’s book. What a gem.ReplyCancel

  • SarahNovember 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    This cookbook looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • SarahNovember 13, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    I shared this on Pinterst.ReplyCancel

  • SarahNovember 13, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    I shared this on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Z Tasty LifeNovember 13, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Brian: I have always been sort of “scared” of leeks…not sure why, because I like to tackle any ingredient, really. So this is a refreshing way for me to break that fear! And of course… I am drooling for SK’s book. What a gem.ReplyCancel

  • VanessaNovember 13, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    I LOVE Smitten Kitchen’s blog. Her site, along with ones like yours, have been huge blog/recipe/writing/photography inspirations for me. Can’t wait to check out her new book!ReplyCancel

  • vanessaNovember 13, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Also I shared on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/153615037261436158/

    Thanks! Hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • CharleneNovember 14, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    I’m looking forward to checking out this cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • KristinNovember 14, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    I just found out about this cookbook and I am so excited to get my hands on a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda C.November 14, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway. I’ve been a fan of Smitten Kitchen for years and I’m grateful for the opportunity to win a copy of the cookbook.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda C.November 14, 2012 - 3:09 pm
  • Debbie LNovember 14, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    I really enjoy your blog and your fritters look scrumptious! And, I have been a longtime follower of Deb’s blog and her recipes are always amazing. Her book has really been anxiously anticipated! Thanks for the chance to win it!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie LNovember 14, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Just shared your giveaway on Pinterest!! :) http://pinterest.com/pin/209910032603652321/ReplyCancel

  • Debbie LNovember 14, 2012 - 3:27 pm
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and HealthNovember 14, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    I have been following Deb for so long and would love to win this cookbook of hers. BTW i loved the fritters. looks deliciousReplyCancel

  • Paula ThomasNovember 14, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    Ooh I just got some leeks in my Full Circle box. I never do anything that exciting with them. These fritters look like a good way to use them.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie LNovember 14, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    Posted your giveaway on Fb too!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Verses from my KitchenNovember 15, 2012 - 6:32 am

    This book looks so great, B! All her recipes are spot on and I have always had a fondness for leeks and fritters so this makes total sense. Can’t wait to get my hands on her book. And great review/post as usual. Will make this soon.ReplyCancel

  • WinnieNovember 15, 2012 - 11:36 am

    These cakes look delish! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for the chance to win that great book.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie LawlerNovember 15, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    Super excited about a Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Always love their recipes. Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • AlisonNovember 15, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    This book looks soooo good! Can’t wait to see it in person.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda C.November 15, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    I shared this contest on Pinterest. :)


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  • KaseyNovember 18, 2012 - 10:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Brian! Those leek fritters sound totally up my alley. I have also been looking forward to Deb’s cookbook for what feels like ages, and I was thrilled when it finally landed in my mailbox. It’s everything Deb, everything I love about Smitten Kitchen…I want to make everything!ReplyCancel

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  • Andrew FrishmanNovember 24, 2012 - 12:45 am

    MMnnn.. . . I LOVES me some Leeks, especially when they have been fritterized!

    Cuando usted tiene una fuga, lo mejor es llamar a los fontaneros. . . a menos que esté Richard Nixon.ReplyCancel

  • Laura BaileyNovember 28, 2012 - 9:08 am

    Great post, Brian, the food looks yummy!ReplyCancel

  • […] some of the traditions… making latkes (if you’re looking for a fun spin, try these leek fritters), spinning dreidels, singing […]ReplyCancel

  • Deeba RajpalJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    These were excellent. made them today though fried the leeks in olive oil until soft, and added some mature cheddar too! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • […] your thing – Deb did a version for the NY Times and Boston blogger, Brian Samuels, of A Thought For Food made his own version as well. […]ReplyCancel

  • paul skwiotFebruary 2, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Can’t wait to get to the store after work and try these leek fritters!ReplyCancel

  • […] The other item in your basket this week that I would like to highlight are the leeks.  These babies were transplanted into 2 foot deep holes last spring using a tool called a dibbler.  The small transplants literally disappear into the earth when they are dropped into their new home.  It takes awhile for them to resurface, but the result is a long, white blanched stem.  It takes us most of one day to plant the leeks out each season, but by the time fall comes around and they are ready to be dug up, I have long forgotten about the tedious work that goes into getting these to grow so beautifully. Leek Fritters:  I made these last week and they were DIVINE!  Make sure to dollop with garlic lemon cream (1/2 cup sour cream or non fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, a few gratings of zest, 1 small garlic clove, salt to taste.  Mix together well and serve with fritters) http://www.athoughtforfood.net/leek-fritters-and-a-smitten-kitchen-cookbook-giveaway/ […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Leek Fritters – note that leeks this time of year may be a bit smaller than you might be used to seeing, so you’ll need to tweak recipes accordingly […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Breaking news: it’s (FINALLY) tomato season! Hallelujah. I also really want to make some of smitten kitchen’s leek fritters…oh god. Yes. Leeks and tomatoes and corn, oh […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Second of all, I have positive associations with them. Before going vegan, Allison made me Smitten Kitchen’s leek fritters, and a leek quiche. Those two dishes were enough to make me smitten for leeks (see what I did […]ReplyCancel

  • Maud H. ChaplinOctober 30, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    By an eerie coincidence I had dinner with a friend last night, and this cookbook was lying on the table opened to this page. She had made these leek fritters for dinner! They were ever so good–I lingered over them, savoring every bite. So of course I had to google leek fritters and up came your post! I am copying the recipe. They are wicked easy, so tasty, and now have a permanent home in my easy and quick dinner recipes. ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodNovember 8, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    That’s great! I think SK is a great resource for home cooks… you’ll love the book. Thanks for the comment!ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodNovember 8, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    Aren’t they phenomenal? I had to force myself to stop eating them. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodNovember 8, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    She was so helpful. I’m so glad i did. Thanks for the comment!ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodNovember 8, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    They taste amazing… and so easy to make. Definitely adding them to my Thanksgiving dinner menuReplyCancel

  • Maria Voulelis MalaveciNovember 8, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Fingers and toes!ReplyCancel

  • Brian SamuelsNovember 8, 2012 - 11:58 pm

    It does! And they all look fabulous. Might make something else this weekend :-)ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodNovember 8, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Erica! I’m the same way… find it hard to get creative with them. But these are delicious! ReplyCancel

  • Camilla M. MannNovember 9, 2012 - 12:03 am

    I just got leeks in my CSA box today! Woohoo. Dinner.

  • Laura Lee JanzenNovember 9, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Too bad we didn’t get a Christmas list :)ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodNovember 10, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Yes, Carol! The book is filled with wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures. Thanks for entering!ReplyCancel

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