Bare­foot ad­vice

Ina Garten’s new­est show teaches the ba­sics

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COOKING THIS WEEK - By Andrew War­ren

Ina Garten has a plan: to teach peo­ple how to cook. That may not come as some sort of earth­shat­ter­ing rev­e­la­tion to fans of “Bare­foot Contessa,” her long-run­ning se­ries on Food Net­work, but for the past few months, she’s been try­ing a some­what dif­fer­ent tac­tic.

“Bare­foot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro” pre­miered back in May, and while it shares part of its name with her other show, this one def­i­nitely has its own dis­tinct flair. Air­ing Sun­days on Food Net­work, “Cook Like a Pro” fea­tures Garten teach­ing ba­sic cook­ing tech­niques to her au­di­ence, with each episode fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ent or tech­nique.

It’s not ex­actly un­charted wa­ters, but it’s a bit of a de­par­ture from “Bare­foot Contessa,” which is more about learn­ing spe­cific recipes than gen­eral tech­niques. For ex­am­ple, this week’s episode, which airs Sun­day, July 2, is all about one of the most com­mon and hum­ble of in­gre­di­ents: the egg. The host spends the episode teach­ing her view­ers how to per­fectly soft boil one of those lit­tle pack­ages of good­ness, shar­ing tips on how to per­fectly whip the whites (which she then uses to make an in­cred­i­ble pavlova fruit tart), and even shares how to use them to make a home­made Cae­sar salad dress­ing.

Of course, that’s only the tip of the ice­berg when it comes to what eggs can do. Garten also of­fers ad­vice on how to make fool­proof truf­fled scram­bled eggs, shows off how to make tricky hol­landaise sauce for eggs bene­dict and in­vites a guest into her kitchen to share the se­crets of per­fectly fried eggs.

To an ex­pe­ri­enced home cook, a lot of th­ese tech­niques may seem a bit ba­sic, but for the less ex­pe­ri­enced among us, the host has been a won­der­ful teacher. Next week’s episode gets a bit sweeter with its fo­cus on choco­late (choco­late ganache cake, any­one?), and the finale, which airs Sun­day, July 16, is all about roasted veg­eta­bles.

Food Net­work def­i­nitely has the mar­ket for cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions cor­nered, but with “Bare­foot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro,” Ina Garten shows that even its least kitchen­savvy view­ers are ca­pa­ble of learn­ing ba­sic cook­ing tech­niques. Tune in Sun­days on Food Net­work.

Ina Garten as seen in “Bare­foot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro”

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