Anna: We’ve talked about doing a Barefoot Contessa book for ages, haven’t we Kirstin?
Kirstin: My good friend, Sam sent me a copy of one which I loved the look of.
Anna: I do watch her programme quite often.
Kirstin: Do you?!?
Anna: Yes, I do. Mainly because it’s on either Good Food or the other foodie channel every single night, so if I’m waiting for something or someone and there’s nothing to watch, I’ll just stick it on.
Maureen: This must be why my copy has the dreaded “As Seen on TV” sticker. I know Ina is beloved in America, but I hate that. It makes the cookbook seem cheesy without even trying.
Anna: She’s a very interesting lady, you know.
Kirstin: Do tell!
Anna: She worked at the White House in her previous career. She lives in an amazing house with an amazing garden in the Hamptons. I’m quite envious of her life. There’s a lot of stuff in here that I would like to make, but I’m not planning on entertaining this month, unfortunately.
Kirstin: I’m looking forward to trying some of those chicken recipes! And that balsamic roasted beef looks right up my street.
Maureen: This book seems to have a lot of potential, but don’t they all at the beginning? I’m looking forward to the roast turkey breast, which I’ll make for my dad, who never met a turkey he didn’t like. Bring on February.