Why I love The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook ~
There are many reasons I chose Ina Garten and Barefoot Contessa as the genesis for the ‘DeathbedFood Cooks Barefoot’ series. A huge reason was her cookbooks. Thus, I will be doing a series of posts about what resonates for me with her cookbooks.
Let’s start with her first: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Here are 3 reasons I love it.
#1 – The Recipes
This is the cookbook that has her Outrageous Brownies recipe which I made and my dad said “You could die with this!”. I’m looking forward to making her hummus and guac. And I’m dying to make the Filet of Beef Bourguignon which sounds like DeathbedFood.
#2 – The Tips & Encouragement
Ina believes what my mom, the real cook in the family, believes: that simpler is better, recipes are meant as a starting point and that food is all about making people feel at home. Ina explains:
Food is not about impressing people. In fact, it’s the opposite: it’s about making them feel comfortable. I invite friends to lunch and make BLTs. They are the best BLTs I can make … the meal is simpler than you expected and better than you remembered … and because there are no surprises it makes you feel safe and comfortable.
#3 – The East End
I get a glimpse of life in the Hamptons. I’ve long been fascinated with the Hamptons. Old Money. New Money. Celebrities like Steven Spielberg and Lauren Bacall; titans of industry like Ron Perelman; world-renowned artists like Jackson Pollock. Maybe it’s all the Real Housewives of New York that I’ve seen. I read a book about the area called “Philistines at the Hedge Row: Passion and Property in the Hamptons” which took me from interested in to obsessed with.
But through Ina, I get to see the more down-to-earth view albeit through a subtly boogie lens. As you open the cookbook, you see a photo of the Barefoot Contessa fine foods store, the birthplace of the Barefoot Contessa empire. I envision strolling down the avenue in my Lulu leggings after a Soul Cycle class to pick up some roasted eggplant spread, hummus and turkey tea sandwiches to share with my Spin friend for a picnic under the trees in a field. Of course, none of that vision will ever come true because I will never take a Soul Cycle or Spin class. Ever! Eww.
In any case, tweet me @DeathbedFood if you’ve used this cookbook and why you like it.