Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable.
One of the great gifts that you can give people is to cook for them.
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.
The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It's a lot of work! Ina Ga
When I wrote 'Barefoot in Paris,' I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics.