Ina Garten also loves Julia Child. However, Garten’s reason for loving her is not only because of Child’s skills in the kitchen. She was inspired by Child’s belief in herself and her own vision, which at the time she tried to bring French cuisine to an American audience, was met with much skepticism. By her own account, Garten learned to cook from Child’s cookbooks, per PBS. She, too, created a culinary empire making simple, elegant food accessible for the home cook. In that vein, she has honed a recipe from Child’s classic beef bourguignon that’s a little more user-friendly. Namely, by bringing the dish to the table in under two hours.
Insider contributor Erin McDowell made the recipes back to back, noting Garten’s cut a few steps for time, such as not boiling the bacon before browning but adding flambéing cognac for flavor. Though McDowell preferred Child’s version, noting that they had the time and energy to make a meal that took them six hours. Garten, on the other hand, tells us on Instagram that she made her version in honor of Child, enjoyed it with friends, and was able to make it to the International Film Festival showing of the documentary “Julia” on time. It seems one of Garten’s special ingredients for great food is life balance.