The lovable Food Network Star, Ina Garten was at Sur La Table Santana Row last month signing her latest cookbook, BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF; Recipes You Can Trust. Lovingly dedicated to her husband Jeffery as he is “Foolproof” according to Ina.
Ina’s latest cookbook makes a great gift for cooks you know that are Ina fans and people who are new to cooking and entertaining. This cookbook provides helpful hints for foolproof cooking (so I AM supposed to read the entire recipe before starting to cook), sample menus and tips for shopping and setting the table. My favorite chapter was about dinner because she started it with guidelines about freezing food and meals; so helpful as I am always wondering who I can ask this question to that really KNOWS the answer! Ina simply does her best at assisting you plan a stress-free dinner for your family or entertaining for friends.
There is so much practical information in this cookbook that I really recommend it for all cooks. She even provides tips for a foolproof Thanksgiving Dinner, breaking it down into steps of what you need to do to be the dinner Queen (or King) and not lose your cool in the kitchen. Watching her show for years now and she always uses homemade chicken stock, a recipe which she provides in the book, and after making it I don’t think I can go back to using canned chicken stock to make soups and stews now. The depth of flavor, simplicity of the recipe and compliments I received about the soup all convince me that I can indeed cook like Ina thanks to her foolproof recipes!
To purchase Foolproof, visit your local Sur La Table locations or online at www.surlatable.com