For America’s bestselling cookbook author Ina Garten there is no greater pleasure than cooking for the people she loves—and particularly for her husband, Jeffrey. She has been cooking for him ever since they were married forty-eight years ago, and the comforting, delicious meals they shared became the basis for her extraordinary career in food.
Ina’s most personal cookbook yet, Cooking for Jeffrey is filled with the recipes Jeffrey and their friends request most often as well as charming stories from Ina and Jeffrey’s many years together. There are traditional dishes that she’s updated, such as Brisket with Onions and Leeks, and Tsimmes, a vegetable stew with carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and prunes, and new favorites, like Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken and Roasted Salmon Tacos. You’ll also find wonderful new salads, including Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad and Kale Salad with Pancetta and Pecorino. Desserts range from simple Apple Pie Bars to showstoppers like Vanilla Rum Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel. For the first time, Ina has included a chapter devoted to bread and cheese, with recipes and tips for creating the perfect cheese course. With options like Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschettas and Challah with Saffron, there’s something everyone will enjoy.
From satisfying lunches to elegant dinners, here are the recipes Ina has tested over and over again, so you too can serve them with confidence to the people you love.
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.