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MAKE IT AHEAD!

Are you a Barefoot Contessa fan?  I am, and the good news is that Ina Garten makes cooking easier than ever with her new cookbook, Make it Ahead:  A Barefoot  Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter/Publishers).  ‘Tis the season to get some great tips and recipes for making a meal so you can enjoy your guests.   She even gives advice about which dishes are better when they are prepared in advance.

Ina features some of the new recipes on her blog, which will give you a taste (pun intended!) of this fabulous new book. Here are the types of food dishes you can expect: Make-Ahead Roast Turkey with Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy, Crusty Baked Potatoes with Whipped Feta, Skillet Brownies, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes and Overnight Raspberry French Toast (my FAV).

 

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Make it Ahead also follows Ina’s other book formats with conversational language and examples for how to prepare an actual meal in advance.  She also spotlights her food mentor Lee Bailey, who I was introduced to by my Aunt Nancy when I was in my early twenties.  While I was living the urbane lifestyle of Washington, D.C., Lee Bailey’s City Food was the blueprint for my fledgling entertaining style — how grateful I am for his advice to give guests a simple, good meal.  It’s exciting to see that Ina and I have the same food idol.

The holidays are upon us, so start them right with this book which will make entertaining easy and fun.  Thanks for my friends at Clarkson Potter for sending me this book to review.