I snagged FOOLPROOF at Costco and made two superb dishes from it after Thanksgiving. Looks to be a winner if all the recipes are this good.
The first was a pasta. I've never done a Penne with Vodka. I was in the mood. So I tried it. Simple, though unlike many similar recipes, it took a while because after some prep on the stove, you bake the sauce in the oven for 90 minutes. Wow, was it incredible. I could not resist adding some pancetta but I am sure it would be great w/o as well. Even better the next day. This is already in my repertoire, I made it three days later!
The second was a very simple salmon with 'melting cherry tomatoes'. I had my doubts, as it was so simple. But I was cooking for fish people and did not have a lot of time. You grill the salmon. At the same time, you cook down cherry tomatoes with onions, garlic, basil, balsamic... then pour it over the salmon. It was a really simple sauce, yet something about the way it paired with the salmon (not my favorite fish by a long shot), we all agreed it was very special. I will make this one again as well.
I've never seen her show, and only have one other book of Ina's, BACK TO BASICS, which I have come to love quite a bit. I am going to have to dive into a lot of her recipes.