First up: A confession. Ina Garten was never really on my radar before I started working at PureWow. Like, I knew who she was and everything, but I didn’t get why everyone was so obsessed with her (and I certainly hadn’t developed a major crush on Jeffrey yet).
Things changed when I got in a copy of her latest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. I spent an entire road trip up to the Berkshires salivating over each and every recipe. (I’ll add that I’d skipped breakfast that morning, so all of her warm and cheesy recipes looked especially mouthwatering.)
Then I heard her speak at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. As she answered audience questions, her charisma was palpable. She was simultaneously an expert chef and a humble home cook like the rest of us.
My ears perked up when she described how she rigorously tested and re-tested her recipes. In the digital/Instagram world where gorgeous food abounds, there’s nothing more frustrating than following a recipe to a tee, only to end up with sort of meh results. Ina’s promise: Hers work really damn well.
I decided to whip up her cauliflower toast just to make sure. And let me tell you—Ina doesn’t break promises. Here, I walk you through my extra cheesy (three varieties of cheese cheesy) journey.