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Cook the Book: 'Summer on a Plate'

Words by Lucy Baker | I am an unabashed lover of all things Ina—her cookbooks, her brownie mix, and most of all, her television show, The Barefoot Contessa, which I TiVo daily. What I like best about her recipes is that they emphasize two things: easy methods and quality ingredients. I'm willing to dump half a bottle of pricey Burgundy into her coq au vin because I'm confident that, even though I'm an untrained home cook, the final dish will turn out delicious. Like me, Ina never attended professional culinary school. She became an accomplished cook simply through practice, and by absorbing the knowledge of those she admired—perhaps no one more so than Anna Pump, owner of the famed gourmet... More

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