Oh happy day.
“I think what makes this book unique is it’s so packed with really good information that will help people understand what they’re doing wrong so they can do it better,” Garten said. The book, called Cook Like a Pro, is her latest since the 2016 cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey, and it hits shelves on October 23.
The cookbook will be an extension of her most recent Food Network series, also called Cook Like a Pro, which just aired its second season. According to the PEOPLE article, it seems the cookbook will be very technique focused; you'll learn how to cut corn off the cob without making a mess, for example. (The book is available for pre-order now.)
When you consider all of the recipes Garten has tested and shared over the years, from her shows and cookbooks, it's pretty amazing she can continue to come up with more – and she thinks it's pretty amazing, too.
“In the beginning I thought, ‘How am I ever going to write a second book? I’ve already written all of my recipes in the first book!'” she told PEOPLE. Now, she knows to keep returning to the flavors and dishes she loves and finding new ways to update them.
“Over time it’s just gotten easier, and I have a running list of dishes and flavors that I like,” she adds. “For example, I love braised short ribs, and this time I’m braising them in a whole bottle of red wine so it’s got a deep, deep flavor. And then I paired them with grits, which I decided needed something interesting, so I put blue cheese in them. And it turns out the blue cheese and red wine are a really great combination.”
Last week, Garten won a James Beard Foundation Media Award for her television show, Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro.