Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Hardcover)
Just coming off a turkey coma, one would think a cookbook would be the last thing on my list of books to review. But, this is Ina’s twelfth (!) cookbook with 85 new recipes, and my cravings just adjusted to the upcoming winter season.
The development of Modern Comfort Food was almost prophetic. From her interview with NPR, Garten says that when she started writing, she knew the book was going to come out right before the election, and people would be stressed. "So I thought, why don't I do something about comfort food? But like with a modern twist, and that's how it started. Little did I know that there would be a horrible pandemic, world pandemic. There would be calls for racial justice. There would be the Supreme Court battle. There would be so many layers of stress that we couldn't even begin to imagine. And it's a terrible time for us, but in a nice way, I'm really happy that I was able to give people the tools to make something really comforting for themselves and their families."
And the tools are Ina-ssential. The book includes my favorite parts of her other publications: a charming history, description, or inspiration for each recipe, scrumptious pictures, and invaluable tips. Her criteria for these new recipes? “Familiar, delicious, and soul satisfying.”
Her inspiration for new ideas and methods appears to come from many sources. She admittingly says blogs and social media are a more-frequented and surprising motivation. And she loves to develop knock-off versions of her favorite dishes made by her oldest of friends - restauranteurs and other chefs. Inspired by one of these “besties,” I can’t wait for snow to try the cheddar & chutney grilled cheese and creamy tomato bisque. Yum. The book is a winner.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Food Network • The Washington Post • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Town & Country
In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!
There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You'll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you’ll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina’s dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining—it’s like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way.
From cocktails to dessert, from special weekend breakfasts to quick weeknight dinners, you’ll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.