It’s no secret that I love me some Ina Garten. Her new cookbook, How Easy Is That? came out this Tuesday and of course, I had it in my possession by 10am that same day.
Most of my friends and family don’t get the infatuation though. Even my husband, who kinda sorta gets it asked me the other day, “What’s the big deal?”, when I told him her new book was the number one selling cookbook on Amazon and Barnes and Noble before it’s official publish date.
And it got me thinking – What is it about the Barefoot Contessa that makes me weak in the knees? Yes, she leads a fabulous life in the fabulous Hamptons with some fabulous friends. But all that aside, this is what it boils down to:
- Despite her oh so fabulous life, there is something about Ina’s personality that makes her seem so approachable. Her warmth truly comes though the television screen.
- Unlike some other celebs in the food industry, Ina is not overly exposed.
- Ina’s approach is cooking is easy, breezy and carefree. A 4-hour meat sauce is a delicious labor of love, but the recipe for an easy weeknight bolognese in her new book is really what the everyday home cook needs.
- Easy does not mean tasteless with Ina. From having made many of her recipes, I can attest that her food (both sweet and savory) is proof that a combination of quality yet simple ingredients results in delicious dishes.
I could go on forever. But I will leave it at that (for now).
As for what I think of her new book – It’s Great!!!! The focus of Ina’s new book is around creating simple yet appetizing dishes that save time and minimize stress in the kitchen. I have yet to make anything from it, but have a bunch of recipes flagged to try that look and sound amazing. Recipes aside though, the book features dozens of tips that will help even the most experienced home cook save time in the kitchen.
Go grab a copy and join me in my on-going Ina love fest