The thing about all my food is that everything is a remembered flavor. Maybe it's something I had as a child or maybe it's something I had in Milan, but I want it to taste better than you ever thought.
The most important thing for having a party is that the hostess is having fun. I'm very organized. I make a plan for absolutely everything. I never have anything that has to be cooked while the guests are there. The only thing I might have to do is take something out of the oven and carve it.
I've lived in the Hamptons since 1978, when I first bought my store Barefoot Contessa.
I love Alton Brown's show 'Good Eats,' about the chemistry of food. It's really thoughtful. Ina Garte
I think the best shortcut is to choose really simple recipes. Because I think you can make simple recipes that are as delicious as complicated ones.
My extravagance is my garden - it's the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.
I get up every day, do the best that I can do, and go home and have a good time.
I like almonds as a snack - keeps your energy up but doesn't fill you up.
The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It's a lot of work! Ina Ga
People have more fun if they don't eat so much they have to be taken home in an ambulance. Ina Garte
Creme Brulee is the ultimate 'guy' dessert. Make it and he'll follow you anywhere. Ina Garte
I time everything. I'm a scientist at heart.
I measure everything, because I always think that if I've spent so much time making sure this recipe was exactly the way I want it, why would I want to throw things into a pot?
When I thought my professional career was over, it hadn't even started yet.
I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. It's the only holiday I insist on making myself. Ina Garte
The planning is everything. Deciding which dishes you're going to prepare can turn into the make-or-break decision five days later, when you actually serve the meal.
I've taught myself how to use good, fresh ingredients and to prepare them as simply as possible by cooking only to enhance their intrinsic flavors.
My favorite fall or winter lunch is big steaming bowls of soup. I usually invite people for around 12:30 and have two hearty soups like shrimp corn chowder and lentil sausage soup, which can be made a day or two ahead.
In the summer you want fresh, light and sort of quick things; in winter you want things that are comforting, so your body really tells you you want to go towards potatoes, apples, fennel, things that are warm and comforting. And loin of pork.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal.
All my life I dreamed of an apartment in Paris where I could cook, and now I have one, on the Left Bank.
You can be miserable before you have a cookie and you can be miserable after you eat a cookie but you can't be miserable while you are eating a cookie.
I always like to have flowers on the table. I think they make it look special.
I've lived in the Hamptons since 1978, when I first bought my store Barefoot Contessa. Ina Garte
There's something really wonderful about a party where you help yourself. Of course, first you get what you really want. But 'family style' service also really encourages people to connect with one another.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Ina Ga
I learned that the hardest party to pull off successfully is Saturday night dinner. This meal is expected to be elaborate: appetizers, first course, dinner, dessert, and coffee. People arrive at 7:30 or 8 p.m. and stay for hours - definitely past my bedtime - and they all go home exhausted.
They say that gardens look better when they are created by loving gardeners rather than by landscapers, because the garden is more tended to and cared for. The same thing goes for cooking. I only cook for people I love.
I'm really a scientist. I follow recipes exactly - until I decide not to. And then I'll follow something else exactly. I may decide I could turn this peach tart into a plum tart, but if I'm following a recipe, I follow it exactly.
When I wrote 'Barefoot in Paris,' I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics.