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Cooking for Jeffrey, by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is about to release her tenth cookbook, 'Cooking for Jeffrey', on October 25th.  This cookbook is perhaps her most personal compilation of recipes, because they are those which Ina's husband has enjoyed for many years.  Ina states: "I can assure you that all the recipes have been 'Jeffrey-tested' again and again."  

In the cookbook, which I was given an advance copy of, Ina gives us snippets of the early days being married to Jeffrey, and of creating a home and opening a business (Barefoot Contessa) in East Hampton, New York.  Not only is the cookbook a compilation of amusing and fascinating stories from Ina, it is also a book dedicated to cooking with good ingredients, and showing us step-by-step how to make each fantastic dish.

What I love about all of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and Ina's style, is that each recipe is approachable and doable.  None of them seem complex or intimidating in the least.  I already have my eye on several lunch, dinner and dessert recipes to try in the coming weeks. 

If you haven't preordered your copy of 'Cooking for Jeffrey', I suggest that you do so immediately.  You can, however, visit your local bookstore and pick up a copy on October 25th.  I truly think you're going to like Ina Garten's latest!


  1. Next to the great MS, it is Ina's recipes and cooking style I admire and gravitate most. There hasn't been a recipe I've tried that didn't come together or taste as easy and as good as she made it look.


    1. Exactly!! I agree, Ina's recipes not only work, they make me want to go back to them again and again. She's the best!


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