Book Review: Go-To Dinners from the Barefoot Contessa

Ina Garten, the queen of effortless and flavorful cooking, has done it again! Her latest book, Go-To Dinners, is just what we need in times of stress, long work hours, or lack of inspiration. This #1 New York Times bestseller presents a variety of easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing recipes that will leave you wanting more.

Let’s start with the title – Go-To Dinners. What does that mean exactly? For Ina, it’s a collection of recipes that she relies on for stress-FREE dinners. Meals that she knows will turn out perfectly every time. And don’t we all need that kind of comfort in our lives? Especially during these past two years, when everything feels more chaotic than ever.

But don’t be fooled – these meals are anything but boring. Ina has found a way to make even the simplest dish feel special. Take, for example, her recipe for Avocado & Fried Egg Tartines. This open-faced sandwich is a thing of beauty. With ripe avocado, a perfectly cooked egg, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, it’s a meal that you can make in minutes and feel like a gourmet chef.

Or how about her Ploughman’s Lunch? This English-inspired meal has everything you need for a satisfying lunch or dinner. A mix of charcuterie, cheese, pickled vegetables, and a slice of crusty bread. It’s a great option for a low-key dinner party or as a way to use up leftovers from your fridge.

But don’t think that Ina only focuses on light meals. No, no, no. She has plenty of hearty dishes that will please even the biggest appetite. Chicken in a Pot with Orzo is one of those meals. It’s a one-pot wonder that’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. With chicken, orzo pasta, lemon, and plenty of fresh herbs, it’s a meal that will fill your belly and make your taste buds dance.

And let’s not forget about her desserts. Ina knows that no meal can be considered complete without a little something sweet. Her Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie is the epitome of indulgence. With a flaky crust, a gooey filling, and a touch of bourbon, it’s a dessert that will make you close your eyes, savor every bite, and forget about everything else in the world.

But what makes this book even more special is the message that Ina sends with it. For her, cooking and entertaining are not just about the food. They’re also about creating a community of friends and family who love and take care of each other. And in these uncertain times, that’s something we all need.

Throughout the book, Ina shares her strategies for making dinner a breeze. She offers recipes that can be made ahead of time, assembled in minutes, or turned into something different the next day. Her “Two-Fers” are a genius way to use up leftovers and make something new and exciting.

In addition to recipes, Go-To Dinners also includes plenty of beautiful photos that will inspire you to get in the kitchen and whip up a meal. Each recipe is accompanied by a photo that showcases the final result, making it easy to imagine yourself enjoying the meal.

In conclusion, Ina Garten’s Go-To Dinners is a must-have for anyone who loves to cook, entertain or eat delicious food. With recipes that are easy to follow, ingredients that are accessible, and an approachable tone, Ina has once again created a cookbook that will become a staple in your kitchen. So, whether you’re cooking for yourself, your family, or a group of friends, this book has got you covered. And who knows, it might just inspire you to say, “I love you, come for dinner.”
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(as of Mar 26, 2023 02:57:27 UTC – Details)

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