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I love Ina and her cookbooks! I bought this as a secondhand buy, was advertised as being ‘Used - Very Good’ but upon receiving it I would of said more just ‘Used - Good’ there are quite a few marks through out the book and library stamps. Since this was bought for me I’m happy to live with it but think paying just over £10 (when it came with a £3.99 price sticker attached) could of been better value. 4 stars due to condition.
I'm a manic cook possessed of over 300 cookery books but I still buy IG's books. She sits well next to Elizabeth David on my shelves although she is a completely different cook and writer.
I'm a British cook and some American cookery books sold on the British market are un-necessarily complicated but in general, IG's books are easy to follow. Some ingredients are unusual and some are the same but have different names (eg coriander and cilantro) but, as Corporal Jones would say "Don't panic!" - you CAN cope!
Lovely pictures and recipes. If you follow her recipes to the letter they definitely work out good. Well presented book and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cooking. Nothing too complicated. Only one fault, it would be helpful if measurements were also in pounds/ounces and grams. What weight is a stick of butter or 1/16 of a cup? Having to look these things up is a bit of a bother and so easily remedied.
This has been bought as a present for someone that watched Barefoot Contessa regularly on the TV, it has some great recipes and its laid out well. It was a bit of a pantomine with the order as it got lost in the post before turning up the same day as the re-order but praise should be given to Amazon customer services who handled the delivery problems efficiently
I love Ina. I have watched her shows, used her recipes, referred to her books when I have wanted clarification on meal plans in particular and have never been dissapointed. This book has Ina's trademark no nonsense approach to meal planning including drinks, which are my weak point, as I never know what to offer as an alternative to wine.
This is a great book, the recipes are easy to follow,and make you look like a great cook. Ha ha. But really it is a great recipe book, Inas recipes are very easy to follow,and so tasty. Sometimes you need to look up for the English variation of some items that she uses but you soon get used to her style.