As much as I am a fan of Ina's other books (a couple of which get a good workout in my kitchen), I just haven't used this one much. For one thing, some of her latest cookbooks seem to just revamp recipes that were in previous cookbooks (I think her shortbread cookie recipe shows up in at least three of her books in various guises). Maybe there is a limit to what one cookbook author can contribute? Or maybe my Ina infatuation is just waning as I discover other authors I love? Or maybe I just have too many cookbooks?
There are recipes in here that I hope to try, but one that I tried this weekend stands out as worth raving about: Chocolate Cupcakes & Peanut Butter Frosting. MMMM! That makes me think there might be others in here that I should try (like probably her maple baked beans, cornmeal-fried onion rings, and tri-berry muffins). What this book does do, like her other ones, is present straight-forward sure to suceed recipes--which is exactly why I began looking in her books when I knew I wanted to find peanut butter frosting recipe.
From this book my staples are the Chicken with Goat Cheese and Basil and the Broccoli Rabe with Garlic. All her books are something I go through when I plan any special meal. But any of her books offer good basic insight into planning not only the function but the meal itself. Starting with your grocery list as outlined on page 26 of this book. For the beginner or the clueless (me) itis very helpful to see how it is done by a pro.