Since the debut of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook in 1999, the author and TV host has practically built a mini library full of elegant dishes and helpful cooking tips. The most recent addition was Cook Like a Pro – an extension of her Food Network series of the same name – which was released on October 23, 2018.
Now, Garten’s latest book, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, has come out a lot sooner than expected.
In March, the TV host and author announced that her next book would drop October 27, filled with comfort dishes and ‘seriously satisfying recipes that you’ll want to make for yourself and the people you love.’ But on May 5, Garten revealed that the publication date of her book was moved up three weeks to October 6.
In an Instagram post, Garten writes, “GOOD NEWS!! Because we all need it ASAP, we decided to move up the publication date of my new book MODERN COMFORT FOOD to October 6th! You can pre-order it online, at bookstores everywhere, or at BarefootContessa.com. Scroll through for a sneak peek of what’s inside – everything from Creamy Tomato Bisque to Boston Cream Pie!”
Considering how much has had to be delayed or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – from events to restaurant openings, Garten releasing her book earlier than planned is a very welcome change of pace.
The recipes found in Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook are just as hearty and comforting as you would expect from the title – smashed hamburgers with caramelized onions, cheesy chicken enchiladas, cheddar and chutney grilled cheese, and hash browns made in a waffle iron, just to name a few. Plus, there’s plenty of room for dessert as well, including Boston cream pie, black and white cookies, and banana rum trifle among others.
Aside from her book, Garten has also shared plenty of helpful cooking advice on her Instagram for those staying at home and social distancing during this pandemic. She shares tips for freezing food, recipes that you can make with pantry staples, and home cocktail recipes.
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be Ina Garten’s 12th cookbook. She’s published eleven other popular recipe collections, including Cooking for Jeffrey, written for her husband, Jeffrey; Barefoot Contessa at Home; Barefoot Contessa Parties!; and her most recent cookbook, Cook Like a Pro.
Ina Garten is one of America’s most beloved culinary icons. Her Barefoot Contessa cookery programs are screened each day on UK TVFood. Ina also writes a column on entertaining for America’s Home Beautiful magazine and lives in East Hampton with her husband, Jeffrey.