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5.0 out of 5 stars You can always count on Contessa!, 8 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again (Hardcover)
Well, she's cooked up another classic cookbook again. This time the theme of the book is food you serve at home- not in your house. The book starts out by defining what a home is to her- and to tell you the truth, it sounds a bit like mine: it's not perfect by any means, and is, in fact, a bit cluttered. Cluttered not so much in a messy way, but rather with personal items which ultimately are responsible for making the house into a home.

And so it is with her delicious recipes. Laid out in different sections such as dinner, soups, etc., each section is prefaced by several pages of interesting info on a selected food or food preparation topic.

A very down-to-earth cookbook, it is laid out well, has great pictures, and you'll even notice that the pages have a thick, smooth feel to them. Also suggest The Sixty-Second Motivator if you have trouble sticking to a healthy diet.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2008 09:23:32 BDT
This book has very varied reviews, having watched this program on SKY TV I do find her somehow interesting. Some reviews say a waste of money and they could not find anything in the book that they would cook. Its quite expensive, but I am tempted to get it. I always have trouble following recipies, as I tend to subsitute ingredients from my fridge for the actual recipie items. Do you think the book is easy to follow, and worth getting?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2011 09:06:13 GMT
If I'm not sure about buying a book, what I tend to do is go to my local library and ask for it. Often, if they don't have it, they will get it for me, either from another branch, or occasionally buy it in for me. They did that with her 'Back to Basics' book. I found that I liked the style of that book, renewed it twice (someone else ordered it as well, so I couldn't renew it again) and I ended up buying her Family Style and her Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks from Amazon - both of which I'm pleased with and have cooked from. Perhaps your local library would be as obliging?
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