'Modern Comfort Food'
Comfort food in the time of coronavirus by the Barefoot Contessa. It's a brilliantly timed combination, with Ina Garten reflecting on the necessity of one because of the other. "Modern Comfort Food" is Garten's 12th cookbook, and in it, she offers doable upgrades to familiar classics.
The cookbook features endearing practicalities throughout. She channels us all who despair at recipes that call for hard-to-find ingredients by providing helpful recommendations on specific brands. To wit: "2 cups beef broth, such as College Inn, ¾ cup fine cornmeal, such as Indian Head, Citterio makes a 4-ounce package of perfectly diced, 4 sandwich potato rolls, such as Martin's." She includes details like these on nearly every page, items easy to find in an average American grocery store.
Her chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches are, essentially: buy a box of chocolate chip cookies ("crisp...such as Tate's"), scoop ice cream between two of them and roll some chopped toffee on the outer edges. Oh my God, I love her.