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Ina Garten

A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

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Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten is a cookbook filled with recipes that prioritize simple, familiar ingredients and flavors. Garten's goal is to help readers find comfort and joy in their cooking with dishes like tomato soup, chicken pot pie, and apple pie bars.

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    Casual cocktails

    A few years ago, Ina and her husband Jeffrey were invited to a fancy dinner party. There were butlers serving hors d’oeuvres on silver platters, and the dining table was laid with six sets of silverware and wine glasses. Ina found this kind of formality distracting. Everyone at the party was scintillating company, but she was so worried about knocking over a wineglass or using the wrong fork that she couldn’t properly connect to the other guests. 

    At Ina’s cocktail parties, she keeps things super casual so people feel relaxed. At a recent party in her barn, she set out platters of roasted shrimp with cocktail sauce and big baskets of store-bought cheese straws. The one thing she cooked was cacio e pepe cheese puffs, so the place smelled amazing when people arrived. Her guests helped themselves to huge tubs filled with ice and bottles of California rosé and wandered around the garden, chatting as music played. Ina had a great time, too, because she didn’t have to worry about rushing around to refill everyone’s glasses. 

    Ina’s cacio e pepe cheese puffs are inspired by the ones served at a favorite restaurant, Lilia, in Brooklyn. To make them, first preheat your oven to 200°C. Then, heat one cup milk, 110 g butter, and one teaspoon each of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Next, add one cup of all-purpose flour, and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together. Turn the heat down to low, and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. 

    Next, put the mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Add four eggs and a half-cup each of freshly grated Italian Pecorino and Parmesan. Pulse until thoroughly combined. 

    Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, then spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain steel tip – Ina’s is 1.5 cm in diameter. Squeeze the dough onto the baking sheets in mounds about 2.5 cm apart. They should be about the size of fat Hershey’s kisses. Finally, use a wet finger to press down the swirl on top of each puff to make them rounded on top.

    Before putting them into the oven, brush each puff with egg wash – that’s one egg beaten with a little water or milk. Then, sprinkle with Pecorino, salt, and pepper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating halfway through for even browning. 

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    What is Modern Comfort Food about?

    Modern Comfort Food (2020) is Ina Garten’s twelfth cookbook, focusing on all-American homestyle favorites to make us feel cozy and cared for. With her trademark chic yet relatable Hamptons style, Ina serves up comforting recipes for every meal of the day, from breakfast to cocktail hour to dessert.

    Modern Comfort Food Review

    Modern Comfort Food (2020) by Ina Garten is a delightful collection of recipes that will bring you warm and nostalgic feelings. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Indulgent and comforting dishes that will satisfy your cravings and make you feel cozy.
    • Garten's expertise and attention to detail ensure that every recipe is foolproof and delicious.
    • Beautifully photographed dishes that will make your mouth water and inspire you to get cooking.

    Who should read Modern Comfort Food?

    • Anyone who isn’t into fancy food
    • People craving cozy vibes
    • Those wanting to get good and hungry before lunch

    About the Author

    Ina Garten is a beloved American cookbook author, Food Network host, and celebrity chef. She started her career in food with an incredibly popular specialty foods store in the Hamptons called Barefoot Contessa. In her Food Network show of the same name, she went on to charm millions of viewers with delicious, familiar meals cooked for her husband Jeffrey.

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    What is the main message of Modern Comfort Food?

    The main message of Modern Comfort Food is finding joy in cooking and sharing delicious, comforting meals.

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    Is Modern Comfort Food a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Modern Comfort Food is worth reading for its mouthwatering recipes and Ina Garten's warm storytelling. It's a perfect book for food lovers.

    Who is the author of Modern Comfort Food?

    The author of Modern Comfort Food is Ina Garten.

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