Ina Garten Learned to Cook From This Classic Cookbook (& You Can Too)

When we hear our friends and family talking about learning how to cook, most often they reminisce about days spent in the kitchen with their own parents or grandparents, learning how to expertly chop, season, and sauté ingredients from a trusted adult, usually in some sort of family heirloom cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. But not everyone has caregivers who cook, or who have the time or patience to teach a kid how to cook (which is totally fair – you try cleaning up after a 5 year old who’s “helping” mix up a batch of cookie dough). That was the case for Ina Garten, who had a mom that didn’t enjoy cooking at all. Instead, Garten taught herself to cook from a classic cookbook that you can still find today.

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