How Easy Is That?

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There something about Ina Garten that's puts us at ease. She's soft spoken, sweet, and has a smile that lights up the camera. Her classy and classic approach to cooking is somehow both approachable and enviable. On her Food Network show, she invites us into her beautiful Hamptons home to watch her cook up hearty, soul-satisfying foods for family and friends. She picks fresh ingredients from the garden and makes things look so impossibly simple and appealing. I guess that's why she's the Barefoot Contessa.

In her new cookbook, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?, Ina proves once again that it doesn't take intense training and tricky techniques to master making wonderful meals for loved ones. The charming Contessa will be signing copies of her must-have book today, beginning at 5 p.m., at Sur La Table on the Upper East Side (75th and 3rd Ave.)

What a great holiday gift for foodie fans... or for yourself!