cover image Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ina Garten. Clarkson Potter, $35 (256p) ISBN 978-0-307-46489-7

Even casual fans of Garten (The Barefoot Contessa Parties, Barefoot Contessa at Home, etc.) are familiar with Jeffrey, her beloved husband of over 40 years, who accompanies her on many of her trips near and far in search of culinary inspiration. In her 10th book, she revisits many of those locales in this valentine to her husband. Following the format of her previous books—it all starts with a cocktail—she offers readers simple, tasty recipes that are well suited for entertaining guests, as well as simple dinners for two that can be prepped or even prepared ahead of time. Simple party fare—herbed goat cheese, camembert and prosciutto tartines, a flavor-packed lentil and kielbasa salad—comes together quickly, and can’t-miss mains—cider-roasted pork tenderloins with roasted plum chutney, a poached lobster with tarragon butter—are foolproof. Some dishes, such as roast chicken, meatballs, and roasted potatoes with herbs, will look familiar to devoted followers. Garten’s enthusiasm and thoughtful preparations are hard to resist, and she’s a gregarious and generous hostess, quick to credit those who shared or inspired her recipes for the book. She’s even more likable here as she shares the story of her and Jeffrey’s courtship and marriage, as well as the early days of her namesake restaurant. True to form, this culinary love letter is as warm and comforting as Garten’s dishes. (Oct.)