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Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten
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Jul 18, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: cookbook

I picked this up at the same time as Barefoot Contessa at home. My complaint with this book is pretty much the same as the other book. This is a book for foodies, not someone who wants easy to prepare dishes that a family including kids will eat. We are not eating foie gras in our house. I had to look up what fleur de sel was. Turns out it is hand harvested sea salt collected off the coast of France. Haven't seen that in my local store. Ina can be pretty insulting when she wants to be as evidenced in the lobster and shells recipe. She talks about Bert Green's famous ziti salad that no party in Hamptons was complete without. Must have been pretty good right. No! Ina made it and it was "disappointing" so she had to fix it. Poor Bert. To be honest I am still pretty angered by the story of the poor little boy with cancer who wanted to meet Ina and she refused, two years in a row! This will be my last Ina anything because I can't separate the person she is from the product she pushes. Get over yourself Ina, you are just a chef.
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Leigh Technically, she isn't a chef, just a cook. She never attended a formal cooking school. Bummer about the little boy, how awful!


Ariel I want to read the new expose book on the Food Network chefs, it should be entertaining.


message 3: by Sonia (new)

Sonia Sweets Ina is the best
Chef in the world


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