Ainsley Drew: The Last Book I Loved, Back to Basics

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images2Barefoot Contessa: Back To Basics. My version of cooking usually involves a box, water, and a microwave, but Ina Garten breaks it down in a way that even culinary Tripp Palins like myself can grasp. I know what you’re thinking, “But this is a cookbook. You don’t read a cookbook, unless you’re cooking.” Wrong. The format of nearly all of the Barefoot Contessa books includes essays on domestic necessities including entertaining, place setting, floral arranging, selecting ingredients, and the like. Garten’s writing style is breezy and effortless, with a large dose of personality, minus the Food Network douchebaggery and BAM! Nearly all of the recipes can be adapted to vegan or vegetarian diets, and the “Easiest Brownie Pudding” will have you drooling down the spine. Featuring some of the best food photography around. Loved it.


Ainsley Drew is a native New Yorker, freelance writer, and euphemism enthusiast. Her work has been featured in The New York Press, McSweeney’s, The Morning News, and Curve Magazine, among other totally sweet publications. An avid fan of all sports, but especially the NBA, when she's not stalking 6'10" centers she eats way too much Japanese food, plays word games, and hits on anything that moves. Aiming high, she hopes to one day be a notorious literary celebrity with her name in tabloids. She also has eleven fingers, so she can type faster than you. You can find her jerkethic.com and ainsleydrew. Be her Internet friend. More from this author →