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The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593068424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593068427
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.2 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ina Garten is one of America's most loved culinary icons and the author of five previous bestselling cookery books. Her Barefoot Contessa cookery programmes are screened each day on UK TVFood. Ina writes a column on entertaining for America's Home Beautiful magazine and lives in East Hampton with her husband Jeffrey.

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"I enjoy Barefoot Contessa both for its presentation, which is just about the best I've ever seen, and also because the food tastes like home cooking - because it is. I'm drawn in as much by its personality as I am by what they have to offer" (Steven Spielberg, Director)

"Like Ina Garten herself, this stunning, lively new book is about style, simplicity, comfort, and good times among family and friends. Her natural approach to food is frank and forward, and you are sure to treasure each tip, each recipe" (Patricia Wells, author of At Home with Patricia Wells: Cooking in Provence)

"No store more fully embodies the easy, stylish elegance of the Hamptons than Barefoot Contessa. And no one understands what successful entertaining is all about better than Ina Garten. Born of retailing, her wonderful, accessible recipes have been tested on you and me for a very long time and they really work. Bravo!" (Eli Zabar, owner of EAT, The Vinegar Factory)

"Beloved all over the planet (not only for her food), Ina Garten has become the inspiration in the kitchen for so many of us. Her ease, warmth and grace make her shows as delectable to watch as her food is to eat." (Gwyneth Paltrow)

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How to entertain with style, simplicity and a relaxed sense of fun - the perfect recipe for hosting parties and entertaining at home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
After making just three recipes from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook -- the Outrageous Brownies, the Fresh Corn Salad, and the Parmesan Smashed Potatoes -- I know I can trust the recipes in this delightfully designed, gloriously photographed paean to good cooking. Co-workers and friends could not stop enthusing about the brownies, which many claimed were the best brownies they'd ever tasted, and dinner guests went back for three helpings of the potatoes. As some have pointed out, this is NOT low-fat cuisine -- but neither is a Big Mac and an order of fries, which would leave one infinitely less satisfied than the dishes here. So, when taste is your primary concern, trust this invaluable resource from Ina Garten -- I know I will for years to come.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was entertaining to read cover to cover. It was easy to read in an hour, and I often caught myself mentally planning to use several recipes and ideas. The side notes are very helpful in making the recipes successful and simple. Most recipes were ones that I would use for special family events and for entertaining. The best cookbook that I've read that includes detailed descriptions in parenthesis with the ingredients listed in the recipe. I enjoyed the forward by Martha Stewart and the intro from Ina Garten. The photos were vivid and personable. The sources are listed for specialty foods also. If you like to cook simple specialty dishes for family or friends, this is a cookbook to read and use. Ina Garten's book is not just your ordinary cookbook.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
The joy I have experienced in reading The Barefoot Contessa's cookbook is truly fantastic. I love the way it is formatted, the photographs, which I consider a necessity and the variety of recipes. One of the first things I tried, was the coconut cupcakes and the salmon salad.....both hard to beat and I highly recommend them.!!!! Add this book to your collection...its truly not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This review is from: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Kindle Edition)
I have been an Ina Garten fan since I saw her first cooking show on PBS. She then moved to Food Network, and her cookbooks have become very well read. This was over twenty years ago, and I own every cookbook she has written. Some of her recipes are updated, using a little different ingredient, like her famous brownies! However, everything I have made from her cookbook is delicious!

Garten started with her own cooking and baking store in the Hamptons. As soon as she became famous the store became too much work and she had the television shows and cookbooks. However, people still remember her dishes. Her Indonesian Ginger Chicken is one item requested over and over. That recipe is contained in this cookbook.

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook has more than 160 photographs that match the recipes in this book. The Pan-Fried Onion Dip has come back into fashion with carmalized onions and sour cream. Tomato soup is created from oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil to intensify the flavors. The meatloaf could be healthier if you make it with ground turkey, but ground turkey is an anathema to me. Her brownies are to die for, which ever recipe of hers that you use.

I have learned from Ina Garten teaches how to entertain with style. She gives us anecdotes and suggestions for giving cocktail parties. And, accompanying these suggestions are recipes and pictures. These are mouth watering and taste as good as they look.

There is not a down aspect of this cookbook except you can't make all the recipes at the same time.

Recommended. prisrob 10-02-13
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love the layout of this book but I have made three recipes out of this book already and had problems with two. The pan-fried onion dip was delicious but extremely heavy. The coconut cupcakes were good but cut the frosting recipe in half and the sun dried tomato dip does not need the extra salt. I also feel the this book was too expensive for the amount of recipes you get. Visually stunning, but wait until it goes on sale to buy it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those who haven't had the pleasure of shopping at Ina Garten's specialty food store in the Hamptons The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook delivers - literally. Some 160 gorgeous photos plus Ina's favorite recipes fill the 252 pages of this indispensable kitchen reference.

As Martha Stewart writes in her Foreword, Ina is unique. "There is a freshness in cooking, a total lack of finickiness, a reliance on the freshest and best, and a casualness that I know will be appealing to everyone who uses her book." How true!

Ina stresses freshness, noting that after several weeks in Provence where she found radishes and carrots with "soil still clinging to them," she determined to base her cooking on ingredients from local sources. A lesson for us all.

Hosting a cocktail party, she decided, was not much fun if she spent all of her time running back and forth to the kitchen to get hot hors d'oeuvres out of the oven. So, she does everything possible to be sure that she does not leave the room. For instance, she has a table with all the drink fixings on it, and appetizers that can be served at room temperature so everything is either out or ready to pass when the first guest arrives. Thus we find common sense and uncommonly good appetizers from Roasted Eggplant spread to Guacamole to Smoked Salmon Sandwiches.

Her soups are splendid, most of them starting with sauteed onions "to give a sweet, rich flavor to the stock." Parker's Split Pea Soup, which Steven Spielberg said tasted just like his mother's, is rich, hearty and beautifully presented topped either with toasted croutons or diced smoked ham.

The joy Ina finds in cooking is evident in all of her dishes. She's a cook who makes simple food very, very special.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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