I chose Ina Garten to teach me to cook because she seems genuinely happy to be in her kitchen, talking about how to make food. I know this seems obvious for a person who makes their living developing recipes, writing cookbooks and filming a cooking show, but there is just something about Contessa Garten that draws me to her process in a way most every other person cooking on TV simply does not.
Contessa Garten loves bread, cheese, her cookies are always delicious and she hates cilantro. I hate it as well, it tastes like soap. I love it when she recommends using the “good” version of an ingredient. At first I was nervous it would be expensive and then I realized it was Best Foods (Hellman’s) mayonnaise and not something she got from William-Sonoma that costs twenty-two dollars an ounce. She insists making our own chicken stock will raise our finished dishes to a whole new level. That being said, I don’t get the sense she would refuse to eat a dish made with box o’stock. Read more