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I think that I’ve got most of Ina Garten’s cookbooks and I’ve always found her practical and easy to follow with good wholesome recipes. The recipes in this book seem to be more specialised which is fine if you wish to develop your culinary skills. As with all American cookbooks it takes a while to get used to the terminology and measurements.
Today, I received the Modern Comfort Food cookbook by Ina Garten. I did a quick read and I found plenty of beautiful photos illustrating her newest cookbook. That's the highpoint of her cookbook.
Sadly, I didn't find enough new useable recipes to make me want to keep her cookbook. Part of it isn't totally Ina Garten's fault as I am allergic to avocados, bananas, tree nuts and peanuts. A lot of her recipes in her cookbook use what I listed above. After I mentally started removing the ingredients I could not eat I realized I wasn't going to be making an updated or modern recipe.
Some of the recipes you'll find in her cookbook include:
Pomegranate Gimlets Chicken Pot Pie Soup Lobster BLTs Ultimate Beef Stew Steak Fajitas Truffled Mac & Cheese Roasted Broccolini & Cheddar Cheddar & Scallion Creamed Corn Outrageous Garlic Bread Black & White Cookies Applesauce Cake with Bourbon Raisins Boston Cream Pie Breakfast Tacos
Any cookbook by Ina is going to be well-made and good-looking. It is important to remember that this edition concentrates on comfort food as the title indicates. As such, I was not expecting new recipes as it would have been a contradiction in terms. The recipes are old favourites with a twist. It is up to each and everyone to decide wether these updates are worth the expense. I know I will be trying some of the recipes in this book as I like to tweak and improve any food that I cook on a regular basis. It may seem light weight to some, but there you are!
The only complaint we have re: the recipes, is that the Contessa tends to use a lot of items that aren't commonly found in a Toronto grocery store... which means having to shop at more specialty shops. That's probably more a knock against the crappy non-international food choices available in Toronto than it is against the recipes. My wife made two of them so far (after a week of receiving it for Christmas) - and yummy!
I have all of Ina Garten’s cookbooks and this new one does not disappoint. I have made the Rigatoni Lamb Ragu which was fantastic! I also made the Sausage, Onion & Peppers and I served it with the Celery Root & Cauliflower Purée. It made a lot, so 4 days later we were still eating it for leftovers, but didn’t care, as it tasted so good!! Looking forward to trying more from this book.