Ina Garten has always had the most eye appealing cookbooks. In her latest book, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? There are 225 color photographs, and many recipes made me drool a bit just looking at them. Some of the ones I jotted downs were an Old fashion Banana Cake, that one kind of reminds me of one that my mother made years ago; cranberry/apple cake; a strawberry rhubarb crisp, easy Parmesan risotto, Lemon Chicken Breasts, and a wild rice salad with dried cranberries, oranges and pecans.
There were many other recipes that sounded great BUT....a description overview of the book says, "How Easy is That? and...that you don't need special equipment, and won't need to stop at more than one grocery store to make wonderful dishes for your family and friends."
I don't know about your grocery store, but mine doesn't carry Stonewall Kitchen, Fox U-Bet, or Barefoot Contessa products --not that I would buy them when I thought about trying a new recipe, so I would have to go to more than one store and to me --"That is not Easy". Why McCann;'s quick oatmeal and not Quaker? The thing that I did not like about this cookbook is that Ina does too much product endorsing: LeCreuset, Williams Sonoma, and so many more.
Despite this, I did jot down a few recipes to try (not all were new but variations of ones I've seen before). Although this book is terrific visually, I am glad that I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it. You might want to do the same, and then decide if this is a keeper your collection.
RATING - 3.5/5 STARS