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Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  979 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro , Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen.

As America's most trusted and beloved cookbook author, Ina Garten--the Barefoot Contessa--has taught millions of people how to cook. A home cook at heart, Ina knows
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Clarkson Potter
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Mellie Antoinette
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dang it! Just when I think she can’t possibly do it again ... she does it again! This is filled with stellar tips, delicious vibes and stunning photos. Though she didn’t mention my fave pro tipped learned from Ina (use post its to take notes in your fave cookbooks - cleaner, clearer, easily updatable results), this is still one for the culinary treasure chest.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
The book is gorgeous. I found the selection of recipes to be uninspiring though.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the tips throughout the book but the recipes didn’t grab me like her books usually do. I like the concept but wish she’d go back to cooking for her friends! Having a party is what makes Ina fun and approachable.
Deborah Bluminberg
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing shows the huge difference between the life I have and the life I want like an Ina Garten cookbook. This cookbook is a good blend of recipes I could make and recipes I’d never tackle, but a woman can dream . . .
Barbara Walsh
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I absolutely love Ina, and learned more about cooking and entertaining from her than from anyone else. I own all of her cookbooks and turn to them whenever I’m planning a menu. That’s why I’m sad to say this one was a let down :(

I didn’t find too many recipes that jumped out at me as “must try!” The photos were not nearly as nice and appetizing as all of her other books. Almost every photo had the same basic composition, and so many recipes had 1” chunks of vegetables that they started to look t
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy watching Ina and looking through her cookbooks. I read this one cover to cover, save a few of the dessert recipes. There are a few good tips that stood out to me as well as a couple of recipes that caught my eye but overall, this isn’t one I feel the need to add to my collection.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My newest cookbook! I especially like the way some of the recipes make two different meals, such as Baked Pasta with tomatoes and eggplant that becomes Tomato and Eggplant Soup on the next night. She also includes recipes for the side dishes she recommends, such as the Blue Cheese Grits to go with the Red Wine-braised Short Ribs and even condiments like Buttermilk Herb Mayo to go with the recipe for fried chicken sandwiches. Her suggestions really help pull the whole meal together. It's also nic ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The chapters in COOK LIKE A PRO on breakfast and desserts are inspiring, but some of the other chapters just don't feel new. I am especially excited to try some of the summery desserts, like fresh peach cremolata and vanilla roasted rhubarb with sweet yogurt. There are a lot of tips in here that will be helpful to new or younger home cooks, but are things I have already figured out along the way. But like everything Ina, it is a cookbook that will get used and is worth having.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-and-drink
As Ina would say. simply Fabulous
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Sorry Ina, but this feels like a swing and a miss. I have all the others, and LOVE them. This one just does not speak to me. 2.5.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ina for President! I love her.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
Pictures of recipes? Yes.
Commentary on recipes? Yes.
Nutrition facts? No.
Recipe Style? Nothing you wouldn't expect from Ina.
Any keepers? I can't say I was terribly inspired. I'd rather have her invite me to dinner.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm a huge Ina fan - I love watching her shows, reading her cookbooks (I have a few of them), and making some of her recipes. I'm glad I got this cookbook at the library instead of purchasing it - there wasn't one single recipe that interested me. Either they were too simplistic or else seemingly repeats from her other books. She needs to come up with something new!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought this book and returned it the same day. After flipping through it, I realized I had only stuck a post-it on about 5-6 recipes. Everything looked good, but there was nothing new and exciting. I was willing to keep it though (because I hate paying return shipping on Amazon), until I got to the shrimp & grits recipe, and saw that she calls for instant grits. Absolutely not.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks-2018
I don't normally watch Ina Garten, but I did recently see one of her shows with recipes I wanted to try, so I figured I would check out this book. While she did give some tips, there definitely weren't as many "pro tips" as the title would imply - there was a page at the beginning of each chapter and some sprinkled in throughout the recipes. Overall, there just weren't that many recipes I wanted to try from this book. Maybe it would be better for a more beginner cook.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book. Not sure I'll try that many of the recipes, though. I should've gotten the Cooking for Jeffrey book, as he is a fellow chicken lover. Regardless, there are a couple salads I'll attempt at some point. The desserts look really great, too.
Janice White
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I like about Ina is her recipes are elegant, well thought out and very user friendly. I have all her cookbooks and would rate them all the same. She is my go to chef.
Debbie Tollefson

I love Ina, and we have enjoyed many of her recipes. But this book didn't inspire me. Glad I borrowed it from the library - read and returned.
Lafourche Parish Library
I could not wait to look at Ina Garten’s latest cookbook Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks. I have been a fan of her cookbooks since I tasted her Tomato Basil Soup from her first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. I am not a great cook so I need recipes written for a novice with exact measurements. I find her recipes easy to prepare and full of flavor. I always have friends asking for the recipe after a gathering. I have learned little tricks and new ingredients from her co ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book, and Ina is super gracious as always. I love her warm tone, backstories and the photography is spot on. She gives decent amounts of tips and tricks at the beginning of the book and at the beginning of each chapter, specific to that kind of recipe. One of the reasons this book didn't work as well for me is I feel no urge to 'cook like a pro'. I'm a decent home cook; sometimes I enjoy cooking for special occasions but the thing I always liked about Ina was that she was abo ...more
Lisa  Carlson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lisa by: a local radio show
Shelves: cook-book
Self-taught chef, gourmet food shop owner, author Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa presents a beautiful cook book. For the last several years I've relied on Garten's technique to cook a Thanksgiving turkey; it's the best ever. I regularly watch her show on Sunday mornings because I'm always learning something new. There's also something comforting about her which is relatable and lovely. Many of the recipes in this book cover a range of options from the simple to the elegant. She offers the ...more
Margie Adler
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think that Ina Garten can't possibly have anything new or inspiring to teach you, she comes up with Cook Like a Pro. It's packed with recipes, some old with terrific new twists and some new: Israeli Vegetable Salad on a bed of hummus (Yes! Really! So simple and beautiful, but I didn't think of it.) Chicken Marbella, Roasted Eggplant Parmesan, and fabulous party hits— sweet and savory strudels. She even came up with a great way to take the simple turkey sandwich and make it sensatio ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I've been a fan of Ina Garten for several years. I watched several series of her shows. I would sometimes jot down ingredients for dishes I was interested in. Having a cookbook is so much easier. What's great about this cookbook is that it's designed for the home cook. I love the photos of the finished dishes and some of the ingredients. The added tips in the margins of the recipes are very helpful. She also writes about the tools and cookwares used. There are many drool-worthy recipes in my opi ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won
Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten. Won this book on Good Reads. After reading the tips for home cooks and viewing all the recipes I am excited to start preparing them for my family. Ina Garten is one of my favorite cooks and I have tried other recipes of hers from books that I get from my local Library. With winning this version of Cook Like a Pro, I will have these easy to prepare recipes and great tips in this book at my finger tips to refer to whenever I want to prepare one of her dinner recipes ...more
S Vanorse
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some really good advice, more for a newer cook. You can always see the care that Ina takes in putting a cook book together. Only recipe I don't agree with is her vanilla extract recipe, 12-24 beans, 4 cups vodka, room temperature and wait a few months. Add beans and extra vodka as you use up. 24 beans would cost a fortune today, cold extraction should go by weight, that would be a heck of a lot more than 24 beans per 4 cups of vodka, you need to cut or split beans to get the best vanilla. Once i ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the latest cookbook from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. The premise is to combine recipes with tips she has learned over the years for cooking and baking. The tips are the best part and I would recommend this book to a newlywed or someone who is new to cooking and wants to learn. I also liked that she includes recipes for making stock, something that I think is so useful for the home cook. I would have rated this 4 star except I didn't find the recipes all that appealing this time. B ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll always get these cookbooks. I love having a photo for every recipe and each one is simple to prepare with always on-hand ingredients. Most are ready in 20-30 minutes. We have great cocktails appetizers for entertaining or small meals. Lots of salads and a delicious soup. Killer chicken thighs in mustard sauce that I served with the potato galette and roasted broccoli and panko gremalotta. Entre and sides to home cooking for guests and lots of interesting desserts that are sure to surprise. ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow - Ina definitely had to crank out another book on a publishers timeline. I picked this up at a bookstore -not impressed. Two pages dedicated to Shishito Peppers - take peppers, sautee whole in a pan with olive oil, salt and a squeeze of lime? Ok Ina - enjoy life in the Hamptons and take it easy. Your books are on the decline and not inspiring - go out on a good note and not like this. Repurposed recipes from your previous books and sauteeing whole vegetables are not worthy of a book by you ( ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying that this is not a bad book, it just was not one that appealed to me. Ina had many good tips and ideas at the beginning of each section there were helpful pro tips like "is is done yet??" I really like that. The pictures were great and the recipes were not bad. It was the choice of food that made this book a three star for me. I don't eat seafood and there are so many things that I am allergic to. That is the low grade on this book. If you know Ina's food this is a gre ...more
Kate Guinan
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I have yet to try an Ina Garten recipe that fails. That being said, this collection is not one of my favorites. I did find over a dozen recipes I will try at some point but though they might be professional standards, I won't be making beef carpaccio or warm lobster rolls at home any time soon. There are a few basics/professional hacks that are great to have in your pocket like homemade ricotta, perfect basmati rice and homemade vanilla extract.
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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