Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cooking For Jeffrey by Ina Garten

At the library you may be familiar with the fact that, in Adult Fiction, there are stickers on the spine labels that indicate the book is a Romance Novel.  Cooking for Jeffery, though found in the cooking section of non-fiction books, should have one of those stickers.  Because the Barefoot Contessa's latest cookbook is a love story.

Whether you are a fan of her earlier books, her show on Food Network or her website and blog, you already have a hint that Jeffrey is at the center of Ina's life.  In Cooking for Jeffrey, you get a glimpse of their early life together with sweet nostalgic photos and back stories.  From a sweet young couple arm in arm on a tennis court, the details of their first meeting or smiling newly weds cutting into a towering wedding cake, you can see the love that set them on their life's journey together is still blazing in the present day photos of them included with the recipes in this book.

If you are looking to recreate some of Jeffrey's favorite dinners, scrumptious desserts or appetizers for entertaining at your next party or just sharing for two, there are plenty of delicious ideas to inspire you. The mouthwatering photography is also an incentive to don your apron and roll up your sleeves and have those comforting aromas wafting through your house the next time your loved one comes walking through your front door.   For lighter fare, there are soup, salads and lunch ideas too, that showcase Ina's simple but elegant style of cooking for the people she loves.  Isn't that what motivates most of us anyhow?

This book includes Ina's pantry staples, her starter and professional kitchen supply lists in the back of the book after her recipes.  There is source information included by referring you to the Barefoot Contessa website to aid in find recommended ingredients and cooking tools you may find helpful in recreating some of these marvelous dishes.

You can always find other simple elegant recipes in any of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks, but you might also try something new.  Ina always says to embrace surprises.  The PBS Television Series: A Chef's Life, seasons one through four, plus a holiday special if you wanted to follow a young family's journey with their culinary life in the south.


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