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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
I think if i could have found a list of recipes before it was published, I probably would not have purchased it. You don't need a recipe for a lot of these dishes. Then again, I guess that's the nature of comfort food. It just seems like wasted space to include recipes for things like a breakfast sandwich ( toasted English muffin with bacon, egg, cheese and avocado).
I have every single one of her books, DVR and watch all her shows, and even went to hear her speak. I am a superfan, just not of this book. She does say it is hard cranking out book after book, and although I love the premise of the book, I found way too many recipes using the same ingredients over and over. Way too much cheese in everything, and bell peppers (green, red and yellow). Of course the recipies are foolproof, and the layout and photography is outstanding. Of course it is worth the money for the eye candy alone. Am having some friends over for an al fresco dinner this weekend, and was hoping to try a new recipe, but I will be reaching for one of her other books as I did not see anything in this book that I was dying to make.
I was super excited to make the Truffle Mac and Cheese. These were not inexpensive ingredients. I know from years of cooking that “good” quality ingredients make all of the difference. I went to two different stores to get the ingredients for this. However, when I try out a new recipe, I ALWAYS follow it to the “T” the first time and then adjust it as I think it should be (if at all) in future batches. I was SHOCKED that it called for 2 TABLESPOONS OF SALT! I was disappointed in myself for following it because I know better, but thought “it’s Ina, she knows what she’s doing!” It was literally inedible it was salty enough to choke you. I should have known better. This has to be a misprint/typo, which is surprising considering the caliber of the author. I don’t want to believe she actually wants it that salty. It would have been much easier to laugh it off if I hadn’t spent the time and money on the ingredients. Next recipe from this, you can best I’ll follow my gut!! However, I have always been happy with her recipes I’ve used, so I’ll get over it!
This may be her weakest cookbook venture to date. Personally, I was hoping for a few—ok—maybe several—vegetarian entrees since my grown daughter is a vegetarian. However, most all of her recipes include meat, chicken or fish. In addition, she offers up recipes for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, garlic bread and stew. These aren’t new or necessarily different takes on the originals. I have all her cookbooks. Her last book “Cook Like a Pro” was just ok. This new book is worse. I do have another suggestion. People are liking “bowl” meals these days. There isn’t one bowl recipe, or açaí ingredient in the bunch. She has to up her game. Times are changing and people are eating better and differently. This new cookbook is nothing special.