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Ina Garten Isn't Sold On This Particular Herb
There is controversy surrounding the usefulness of the bay leaf, as some love it and others hate it. Chef Ina Garten doesn’t pick a side and isn’t sure the herb makes a difference.
Bay leaves put people off because they remain stiff, tough, and sharp no matter how long they are cooked. They also add layers of subtle flavors to a dish rather than overpower it.
On the “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” Garten said, “I always also wonder whether a bay leaf makes a difference.” She said she uses them in recipes but wanted to try excluding them.