If you follow Deb Perelman on her enormously popular blog, Smitten Kitchen
, you are already familiar with one part of her East Village, NYC home kitchen very well. There is a 36-inch span of black speckled countertop where she preps, plates and shoots just about anything that ends up on the pages of the site. It's the same little nook, perched high above a busy avenue, blessed with perfect afternoon light, that serves as the set for most of the more than 300 photos in her new book, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
So when Deb invited me over to cook with her, I jumped at the chance to see the teeny-tiny rental kitchen for myself.