Ina Garten is a cook whose recipes I can trust. Her hit Food Network show has brought delicious food to us in a simple and direct way. As she often says, “how easy is that!” In her new Barefoot Contessa Foolproof (Clarkson Potter, $35), Garten takes us through a series of recipes, focusing on how to make a dish that can be served time and again to an appreciative group of family and friends. I’m looking at the picture of Winter Minestrone with Garlic Bruschetta and all I can think of is diving in. Unfortunately I have to go to the store and pick up a few ingredients. Novice cooks will be relieved to know that there’s nothing on the list that can’t be purchased at the local supermarket. If you’re like me you’ll find the book’s pictures—over a hundred of them—seducing you into trying every new recipes.
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