Giada De Laurentiis and Ina Garten have long been my favorite Food Network personalities. Not only do I enjoy watching them (unlike Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee), but their food is delicious. Both Giada and Ina choose to make simple, healthful (mostly), elegant, delicious food. I have made many, many of their recipes and they have all been wonderful.
My mother is an amazing cook, but truth be told, I didn’t really learn to cook too much from her. Mostly, I didn’t care to learn while I was living with my parents since I knew my mom would do all the cooking and I loved her food. She tried teaching me how to make some things, but I would get impatient since she doesn’t measure anything and would always take over. It wasn’t until after I left my parents’ house that I really started to cook. I would watch Ina (whose cooking reminds me SO much of my mom’s) and Giada and learned a lot about techniques and flavor profiles. I turned out to be a pretty good cook, if I do say so myself. I recently learned that both ladies are releasing new cookboks this fall and can’t wait to order them!
Giada’s new cookbook, Giada’s Kitchen will be released on September 30th and features “updated twists on classic trattoria favorites, California-inflected, hearty but not overwhelming, and with the perfect balance of healthfulness and terrific flavor”.
Ina’s new cookbook, Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics debuts on October 28th. It “is the essential Ina Garten cookbook, focusing on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style, and offering nearly a hundred brand-new recipes that will become trusted favorites.Ina Garten’s bestselling cookbooks have consistently provided accessible, subtly sophisticated recipes ranging from French classics made easy to delicious, simple home cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina truly breaks down her ideas on flavor, examining the ingredients and techniques that are the foundation of her easy, refined style.”