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The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

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For more than twenty years, Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, has been cooking and baking extraordinary dishes for enthusiastic customers in the Hamptons. For many of those years, people have tried to get the exuberant owner, Ina Garten, to share the secrets of her store. Finally, the energy and style that make Barefoot Contessa such a special place ar ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 6th 1999 by Clarkson Potter
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Darth J
Aug 02, 2013 Darth J rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, cookbook
Jan 20, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it
I love a simple well-tested cookbook. Preparations had the right amount of details and shortcuts where appropriate. Ina knows how to take care of her home cooks.

Here are the dishes I've tasted and the cookbook club cooks who made them:

Sheela - Lobster Salad in Endive: You can't go wrong with quality lobster. No leftovers with this one.

Molly - Rosemary White Bean Soup: Pureed and delicous. Really an amazing soup and surprisingly right for a summer's evening.

Gretchen - Grilled Tuna Nicoise Platte
Jun 28, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
The recipes in this book turn out perfectly EVERY time and I've made over half of them. Buy it.
Aug 08, 2007 Allison rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Food lovers
Shelves: cookbooks
Ina Garten's cookbooks do everything you need. If I didn't have any technique in the kitchen and had to pick a cookbook to last forever (or in this case, a series) it would be hers. Rich, lovely recipes that are very approachable. Beginners can follow along; experts can take some of her suggestions and run with them. I almost always get rave reviews for anything I make from these books and I have made or eaten a large portion of them. It is very hard to find cookbooks that can provide you recipe ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, cookbook
Listen, the woman knows her way around the kitchen and she's not afraid of a stick of butter, which I like in a chef.

Paula Deen doesn't skimp on the butter either, but usually whatever she is cooking ends up getting deep fried and then used as a delivery system for some kind of mayonnaise product too -- and I just can't hang with that.

Whereas Ina will definitely butter you up, she at least has the common decency throw on some fresh herbs and add some roasted vegetables so even your cholesterol
Oct 03, 2007 Anna rated it it was amazing
I cook 3 meals a day for my family, and I love the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks. She's got great advice on preparing things ahead of time, how to cook for a larger group, and putting together a complete meal. Her recipes are best for people who are already pretty comfortable in the kitchen, and the baking is less reliable than the savory foods, but every one of her cookbooks is worth having.

Oct 22, 2015 Melani rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This one is a great one. The cheddar corn chowder is A+++ delicious and I make it quite often. I have opened this book many times, sometimes just to look at the pictures and sometimes because I actually want to cook something from it. It's a well loved, and well used book in my collection.

My one complaint about this book is the amount of food the recipes make. I frequently halve them and have more then enough for four people, and since it's just me I always have a ton of leftovers. I think the a
Sarah Clapp
Aug 04, 2016 Sarah Clapp rated it really liked it
ok yes i'm counting this in my reading! i'm behind in my reading challenge and i technically read this thing cover to cover!
i learned so much--how to make a tasteful vegetable plate, how Sunday lunch is a wonderful opportunity to entertain, how using both oil and butter to cook is the way to go. thank you ina, you culinary goddess who keeps reminding readers that they can get speciality items by "mail order" in her pre-Internet world and had the confidence to name drop Steven Spielberg and Laure
Aug 20, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
During a particularly challenging time in my life, I found and fell in love with Ina. Many of her recipes are staples in my cooking repertoire, and I have yet to find a Barefoot Contessa cookbook that I don't thoroughly enjoy. Great for ANY kitchen and cook!!!
Adriana Giannino
Aug 18, 2015 Adriana Giannino rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cooks
Recommended to Adriana by: librarian
Ina Garten is such a good cook. Too much sugar, too much butter, too much oil (too much Jeffrey), but it all tastes good and is good, solid fare. Decrease the sugar and fat and you end up with a reliably good recipe always.
May 12, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
This is by far my favorite cookbook. The pages are stuck together I use it so much. Curried coucous? Yes, please!
Dec 27, 2008 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
I just got this lovely book for Christmas. It does not have a million recipes like some other cookbooks. But what it does have is a nice collection of classics and favorites, most with excellent illustrations, organized by food type (i.e. main dish, dessert, appetizer). I am not talented in the "food presentation" area (After all, I created the "Paul Potts Pork Roast"), but Ina makes some simple and easy suggestions on making your food look good without sacrificing anything in taste. This would ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Hazel rated it really liked it
I had plans to see Ina Garten speak in Wilmington but had none of her books! I requested and received this for Christmas. It's a lovely cookbook; the recipes are all enticing, simple, and straightforward. Most of all, her personality shines through--she's gracious and down to earth. In all of her recipes, she is very aware of her audience--the home cook and entertainer, not the chef or caterer. I was pleased to see how her philosophy echoes mine--the first time you try a recipe, you follow it EX ...more
Laurie Walker
Jun 26, 2014 Laurie Walker rated it it was amazing
Eveything I have tried from this book is delicious ... smoked salmon tea sandwiches, gazpacho, even roasted carrots ... who knew? Tonight I am making the lime curd tart. I had borrowed this book from the library so many times that my librarian suggested it was time to buy my own copy. Glad I did.
Katherine Joyce
Jan 22, 2016 Katherine Joyce rated it it was amazing
I read this cover to cover. I love Ina. Her recipes have beautiful photographs and I like reading about how she and her team developed them. I'll be getting more Ina cookbooks - this is an early one but the recipes and photographs are great
Mar 31, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Ina Garten's recipes are my go to recipes for meals. She can take the most simple ingredients and make a wonderful dish, stressing the importance of quality. Also, when I watch her show, I drool over her kitchen.
Aug 20, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Again, the recipes aren't new, but they're still good standbys. It is funny, however, when Garten writes that she adds "a touch of cream" to something, and the recipe instructs the cook to use 1 cup of cream.
Mar 06, 2012 Bandkh rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Everything I've made from it has worked. The dishes are accessible if a bit old fashioned, but don't let the "old fashioned" comment put you off. By "old fashioned" I mean comfort food, probably too high in calories to eat every night but delicious none the less. This lady knows her stuff and her recipe writing style is friendly and chatty. As for the recipes themselves, her Cheddar Corn Chowder has warmed us on many a cold night, her Roasted Brussels Sprouts finally convinced ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Diana rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I rarely use this, as much as I like the Barefoot Contessa's recipes. Not a whole lot of inspiring stuff in this one, it seems. I tend to now find her recipes online, because they are generally good.
Aug 17, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites in the cookbook genre. I really need to buy a physical version instead of constantly trying to work around my ebook!
Jul 29, 2015 Lynne rated it it was amazing
So much good stuff in one cookbook! This is definitely one of my 'go to' books. The recipes are easy to follow and the food always turns out great!
Julia Lundman
Aug 13, 2015 Julia Lundman rated it liked it
Solid recipes and a few standouts like the lemon cake. Not an especially interesting cookbook, however. I'd rather refer to the classics.
Jun 05, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
I bought a used copy and read it cover to cover, marking things I have made and things to try. Hard to beat Ina Garten.
Frances L
Feb 27, 2016 Frances L rated it it was amazing
Great Cookbook with wonderful recipes and pictures and cooking, entertaining, and decorating tips.
Kathy Borgen
Aug 08, 2016 Kathy Borgen rated it it was amazing
Love the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks! Have made several of the recipes and they are always delicious.
Feb 23, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
Excellent - Love Ina Garten's food, her TV shows and cookbooks.
Jan 05, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
This is my favorite of all the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. Favorite recipes that I've come back to repeatedly are the kitchen clambake (layers of sautéed leeks, potatoes, kielbasa and various seafood cooked indoors in a pot) and fresh lemonade (1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 - 3/4 cup superfine sugar {to taste}, 1 cup crushed ice and 4 cups water - combine all in a blender).

I love the simplicity of her recipes and the lack of fussiness. I get most of my cookbooks from the library,
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Apr 30, 2016 Gail rated it it was amazing
lemon grilled chicken!
Jan 02, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Best cookbooks ever!
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Ina Rosenberg Garten is an American author, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and former White House nuclear policy analyst. Known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips, she has been noted by Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, and Patricia Wells for her cooking and home entertaining.

Garten had no formal training; she taught herself culinary
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