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This really hurts to say, but this book was a massive disappointment.
Let me first say, I adore Ina! I consider her first cookbook “Barefoot Contessa” to be a gold-standard for amazing party and family dinner recipes. It’s fantastic. I’ve worn my copy out over the years.
I’ve bought several of her other books and thought they were very good as well. So I was SO excited to order this and was truly shocked when I saw the recipes.
One of recipes: buy store bought kielbasa, slice on the diagonal, get slices crispy in pan and serve with mustard. Seriously?
Cheese enchiladas? And the recipe doesn’t even look modern or inspired.
On a positive note: there is a good Bloody Mary recipe, a very nice banana ginger cookie trifle and the black & white cookies are great...but overall, massive disappointment. Three or four recipes isn’t enough to make the book worth it. Just not for me. The recipes were far too basic and seemed to be rehashed.
I saw a fabulous interview with Ina on this upcoming book. In my excitement, I preordered it. Sadly after reading through it, I was so disappointed. Photos and narratives are the best part of the recipes. Many recipes include alcohol (cream sherry, red and white wine, sweet dessert wine, dark rum) and oodles of cheeses! Yep, that will surely increase the flavors of these dishes. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE INA...but should have waited awhile to see reviews before buying.
I'm a big fan of Ina's books but feel this one falls short. I agree with another review which stated they would not have purchased if they had seen a list of recipes prior to purchase. Having cooked many of her recipes previously (I have all her cookbooks), I was disappointed to find only 3-5 in this book that even interested me. It didn't even hold my interest as a book to peruse. I often enjoy looking through my cookbooks even when not looking for a recipe to make. This book probably won't make that rotation.
I have a lot of Ina Garten cookbooks. They all have a few excellent recipes, and a few more that are pretty good. . This book just takes normal comfort food and adds bells and whistles -- truffles, extra fat, more cheese, lobster, whatever. I bought it because all my kids were home for the pandemic and I was looking for some new inspiration. Total disappointment. Giving it away.
So I bought this cookbook based on a 5 star review of the skillet roasted chicken and potatoes . Lately I have found Ina’s recipes fair... but I love watching her. This recipe took way way longer than it calls for and it was very bland. Disappointed.. but I got the book .. so I will try more... 🤷♀️
I like Ina Garten, but a comfort cookbook shouldn’t have recipes that require some off the beaten path spice or ingredient. When I think of comfort food, I think of recipes with ingredients that are easily accessible and are found in your local grocery store. Very disappointed!
I had to check the copyright to make sure I ordered her latest book. It looks like an old glossy cookbook from the 80s. I find nothing modern about the look or content. Am going to see if I can return. I have it two stars because I appreciate Ina, just not this book.