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The Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
The Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
by Ina Garten
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and drool!, 16 Mar 2009
If you haven't discovered Ina yet you are really missing out! Even if you don't watch her on UKTV Food (and seriously, do!) you will still love this book. Don't be put off by the 'Back To Basics' concept. It's less 'How To Boil An Egg', more bringing the best out of all your ingredients, be it by technique (slow roasting tomatoes to concentrate flavour) or combination (plums with cassis to bring out the 'pluminess').

The book is beautiful and Ina is such an amiable companion.You'd be hard pushed not to find something to make your mouth water just thinking about the recipes. Brownie Pudding, anyone?
Other temptations include: French Bistro Steaks with Provencal butter, Italian Wedding Soup, Baked Shrimp Scampi, Blueberry Streusel Muffins and Fresh Raspberry Gratins.

The only difficulty is choosing where to start. Personally, I think it'll be the Pomegranate Cosmopolitan while I consider my next move...

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