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Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?

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Ina Garten, bestselling cookbook author and beloved star of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network, is back with her easiest recipes ever.

In Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? Ina proves once again that it doesn’t take complicated techniques, special equipment, or stops at more than one grocery store to make wonderful dishes for your family and friends. Her newest must-have c
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Clarkson Potter
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Vivian
I loved the introductory material where she explains how she creates her recipes and makes them simple and uses amounts of ingredients that match the container sizes they come in. She talks about her ingredients being readily available at the market.

I knew I was in trouble when I began thumbing through the recipes. I don't know about you, but my market doesn't stock figs and prosciutto. I've never stumbled across white truffle butter. I barely recognize the word chipotle. I've certainly never he
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Julie
The title is a misnomer. There are some recipes that seem genuinely easy, others not so much. Some sound like worth trying until you realize a visit to a speciality food store is in order. For example, the brand name white chocolate used in the "white chocolate bark" recipe as regular chocolate chips won't do, or the brand name of unsweetened cocoa powder. Then, there are ingredients I have never heard of such as white truffle butter, Sauternes, Mount Gay dark rum, or French green Le Puy lentils ...more
Ariel
I picked this up at the same time as Barefoot Contessa at home. My complaint with this book is pretty much the same as the other book. This is a book for foodies, not someone who wants easy to prepare dishes that a family including kids will eat. We are not eating foie gras in our house. I had to look up what fleur de sel was. Turns out it is hand harvested sea salt collected off the coast of France. Haven't seen that in my local store. Ina can be pretty insulting when she wants to be as evidenc ...more
Queen
Just call me a disciple of Ina Garten.

Everything... and I mean, everything I've ever made comes out perfect and delicious. I know I can always trust her recipes and her directions. Also, I love her books. I love the pictures showing how things ought to turn out.

I've tried:
smoked salmon deviled eggs
soppressata & cheese in puff pastry
tuna & hummus sandwiches
snap peas with pancetta
weeknight bolgonese
roasted pear & apple sauce
easy cranberry & apple cake
eton mess
red velvet cupcakes

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Sophia
One of the Christmas presents my husband got me was Ina Garten’s new cookbook Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips. I started reading the cookbook last night, and finished it this morning and am so excited to try these recipes. Ina offers helpful tips and makes thoughtful recommendations on equipment and kitchen stuff you should have handy and gadgets she does not bother owning. Most of us do not have an enormous kitchen as Ina has to stock everything we would lik ...more
Lindsey
*I gave this book the same review as Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics because I had the same experience with both books.

I do appreciate the simplicity of the Barefoot Contessa books. This book seems designed to create company-worthy food with a minimum of fuss and muss, and provides great entertaining tips, from cocktails to appetizers to the table setting and flower arranging. Unlike some books which promise simple recipes and don't deliver, everything offered here is really feasible for just
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Tracy
The theme of this cookbook is ease. Unlike other cookbooks (like Rachael Ray 30 min meals, etc), this one has quality recipes and ideas for making entertaining easy. I probably wouldn't make her recipes during the week for my family - they are filled with butter and calories, etc, but they are excellent for when you have people over. Many of the recipes are prep ahead and then bake. She also sprinkles tips throughout the book, but many of them are things that I already knew (and I am not an expe ...more
Julie H.
The recipe for chipotle and rosemary roasted nuts is reason alone to acquire this cookbook! Add the roasted summer vegetables, the flat beans with pecorino, tomatoes roasted with pesto, red velvet cupcakes (and associated frosting, natch), and the old-fashioned banana cake (with cream cheese frosting) and you've got yourself a justification to go out and buy a cookbook. As with most of Ina Garten's recipes, these are quite straightforward and with one exception (i.e., wouldn't bother with the fe ...more
El
I love all the Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks, so of course I loved this book as well. Her recipes are elegantly rustic and she never makes them too complicated - although her ingredients can be pricey. Would definitely recommend the Weeknight Bolognese from this cookbook as it turned out delicious and the leftovers froze well. I also loved getting a sneak peak into all her "shortcuts" - tools, habits or brands that make her life easier. She has some great ideas listed there and the photos are a ...more
martha Boyle
I thought I would add a couple of cookbooks, that I have recently acquired, to my list . I still like to read them--even with the ease of getting recipes from the internet. I have every one of Ina Garten's books and this one didn't disappoint. Her recipes are EASY and every one that I have tried (about 6 or 7) in this latest was a big success. Her recipes are simple and delicious; I usually have all the ingredients I need at home with no need to run to the store after work. Highly recommended.
Krissy
Like most cookbooks, this one had a few losers and a few winners. It's frustrating that her recipes sometimes call for ingredients that she can apparently pick up at any corner market, but I can't seem to track down anywhere. But I love her calm and simple style. The big winner here is the Homemade Buttermilk Ranch dressing. It's become a staple around my house now--everyone loves it. It was 'simply providential' that I happened to plant basil in this spring's garden!
False Millennium
All of Ina Garten's books are purchase worthy. One thing I love about her series of books, including this one, is that she uses fairly easy to find and use products, so you aren't buying some Middle Eastern spice to use 1/8 teaspoon of it. She also tests her receipes to death so they are as close to error proof as you will find. Martha Stewart could learn volumes from these practices.
Scottsdale Public Library
The title is accurate and the book is simply gorgeous. Recipes are varied and extremely simple to follow, and tips are very helpful, although the list of 60 most useful tools to have in the kitchen is slightly over-hyped. The presentation, as with all of Ms. Garten's other cookbooks, is absolutely beautiful. This book is a pleasure to have and work off of in the kitchen.

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Amy S
Another fabulous cookbook by Ina Garten. Have made several things already and received raves. A couple were book club hits. I love that her recipies are so unintimidating and she's so simple and down to earth. This is my third book of hers I've bought and loved.

Weeknight bolognese and pesto tomatoes were superyum, the Greek panzanella amazing.
Nancy
Another Christmas gift from Paul.... a great addition to my Barefoot Contessa cookbook collection.... lots of great tips and lots of super easy recipes, great color photographs too...if there were only a few more hours in each day to cook and bake a little more!!!
Lisa
Beautiful book, lovely pictures and recipes that are not too complicated. Ina's recipes are too heavy on salt so I always reduce and still love the results. Many recipes are too high in fat for everyday cooking but fun for a special occasion.
Kim
My boyfriend got me this as a gift and what a gift it is! Many of the recipes in this latest book have been featured on "Back to Basics". I am making the Cranbery-Apple cake for Thanksgiving this year.
Lisa
I made "Engagement Chicken" on Sunday night and my boys loved it. These are the same boys who said "what is it with you and chicken? can't you make something else - we're tired of chicken!"
Valerie Sherman
A lot more stuff to "assemble" and less stuff to actually bake / cook. Her last book was a lot like this, too; I hope in her next volume she goes back to more bad-ass stuff like "Barefoot in Paris."
Carol
Nice cookbook! I see at least three recipes I'm going to try:
Mussels and Basil Bread Crumbs
Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad
Ultimate Grilled Cheese
Beautiful color plates too!
Felechia
i borrowed this from the library and made some of the recipes. I think I will probably buy it for my too-big cookbook collection because I didn't want to give it back
Sandi
I have all of her books and use them a lot. This was so good, full of easy recipes, I gave it as gifts. If you need a gift for someone who loves cooking, this is it.
Jan Polep
There is a cheese sandwich in this book that sounds terrific. And because of the pictures I think I could even make it. Bottom line, I'm buying this book.
Andrea
I love Ina Garten recipes. Everyone I have tried except one I would make again. I have a few favorites from this book. I like her entertaining tips too.
Rowena
Excellent! (The Greek Panzanella salad is terrific)
Tan
Great for a home cook like myself!
Gail
This was a gift and I have enjoyed it. Some of thee recipes use ingredients not normally found in my area, but of those I have prepared, I did find that they were truly "easy" as in the title question! The photography is great and shows the prepared food in wonderful ways. Definitely a keeper!
Karen
A cookbook by my 2nd favorite chef. Who wouldn't like that? Pink grapefruit margaritas....roasted figs with caramel sauce.....mmmmmmmm. The pictures in the book are lovely to look at (a picture of each recipe is a must for me in a cookbook) plus 68 tips of making life in the kitchen a little easier...most are common sense tips though.
Kathy Duffy
Tried a number of the recipes and each one that I tried was excellent. I made the peach french toast first and have already made and served another one...luscious. I added about 8 of the recipes to my recipe file. Like her tv show every one of her recipes that I have tried has been flawless and deliciousl
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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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