As autumn's shorter days and longer nights provide us with cool weather, more of us will be spending time indoors. With the holidays approaching and the cooking and baking season upon us, the Food Network on television is a popular destination for recipes and ideas. The Newport Beach Public Library has many of the most popular chefs' cookbooks, both new and old, to help plan for the holidays as well as provide recipe ideas for everyday meals.
Ina Garten, known for her "Barefoot Contessa" books, has a new title just in time for the holidays. "Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That? Fabulous Recipes and Easy Tips" is all about ease and comfort. Saving time and avoiding stress is the philosophy behind all her easy-to-follow recipes. Cooks who realize that they do not have the time to devote a whole day to cooking will find here, from appetizers to desserts, recipes calling for ingredients readily accessible in all grocery stores if not already in the kitchen cabinet. True to her trademark style, Garten once again shows that delicious food can be prepared with a minimum of fuss, even with guests on the way.