Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

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by Ina Garten
     
 

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Throughout the years that she has lived and worked in East Hampton, Ina Garten has catered and attended countless parties and dinners. She will be the first to tell you, though, that nothing beats a cozy dinner, surrounded by the people you love most, in the comfort that only your own home can provide. In Barefoot

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Throughout the years that she has lived and worked in East Hampton, Ina Garten has catered and attended countless parties and dinners. She will be the first to tell you, though, that nothing beats a cozy dinner, surrounded by the people you love most, in the comfort that only your own home can provide. In Barefoot Contessa at Home, Ina shares her life in East Hampton, the recipes she loves, and her secrets to making guests feel welcome and comfortable.

For Ina, it’s friends and family–gathered around the dinner table or cooking with her in the kitchen–that really make her house feel like home. Here Ina offers the tried-and-true recipes that she makes over and over again because they’re easy, they work, and they’re universally loved. For a leisurely Sunday breakfast, she has Easy Cheese Danishes or Breakfast Fruit Crunch to serve with the perfect Spicy Bloody Mary. For lunch, she has classics with a twist, such as Tomato, Mozzarella, and Pesto Paninis and Old-Fashioned Potato Salad, which are simply delicious. Then there are Ina’s homey dinners–from her own version of loin of pork stuffed with sautéed fennel to the exotic flavors of Eli’s Asian Salmon. And since Ina knows no one ever forgets what you serve for dessert, she includes recipes for outrageously luscious sweets like Peach and Blueberry Crumble, Pumpkin Mousse Parfait, and Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing.

Ina also lets readers in on her time-tested secrets for cooking and entertaining. Get the inside scoop on everything from what Ina considers when she’s designing a kitchen to menu-planning basics and how to make a dinner party fun (here’s a hint: it doesn’ t involve making complicated food!).

Along with beautiful photographs of Ina’s dishes, her home, and the East Hampton she loves, this book is filled with signature recipes that strike the perfect balance between elegance and casual comfort. With her most indispensable collection yet, Ina Garten proves beyond a shadow of doubt that there truly is no place like home.


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Editorial Reviews

This is "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten's most intimate book yet, but even diehard fans are more likely to salivate over her delectable recipes than the pretty pictures of her East Hampton digs. The tempting offerings herein include breakfast; soups and sandwiches; salads; dinner specialties; vegetables; and desserts. If you still need to be convinced, sample the Smoked Salmon & Egg Salad Tartines, the Loin of Pork with Onions and Fennel, or the Summer Fruit Crostata.
Publishers Weekly
Garten's fifth cookbook (after Barefoot in Paris) follows her surefire formula: uncomplicated but elegant recipes for the home cook whose priority is spending time with friends and family, not in the kitchen. From breakfast to dessert, the Food Network star organizes this volume by meal, with an easy-to-navigate recipe list at the top of each section. Many entries provide a creative alternative to the basics: the Summer Borscht which calls for fresh beets, cucumber and chicken stock will make a cool, flavorful substitute for the predictable bowl of gazpacho, and the mayonnaise-based Jon Snow's Fish Salad freshly roasted white fish filets (e.g., halibut) distinguished by the addition of diced fennel will supersede tuna salad. But some of Garten's "feel-good" foods barely warrant inclusion her recipe for Sunday Morning Oatmeal barely elevates the instructions on the Quaker canister. If not always inventive, these recipes (e.g., Cornish Hens with Cornbread Stuffing) should be reliable for seasoned but time-pressed or ambitious but inexperienced cooks. Striking a warm, personal tone, Garten also includes advice on designing a kitchen, making a grocery list, planning a menu and where to shop and dine in the Hamptons. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Garten's most recent book, Barefoot in Paris, was just as popular as her earlier best-selling Barefoot Contessa books. Now she's back here at her country home, with recipes for casual, contemporary comfort food, from Fennel-Stuffed Loin of Pork to Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing. Each chapter of this lavishly illustrated book opens with a mini-essay on a different aspect of entertaining or welcoming guests, from "Designing a Kitchen" to "The Important Dinner," and most of the recipes include helpful tips on ingredients, substitutions, advance preparation, and the like. Sure to be in demand, this is recommended for most collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780307885500
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/30/2012
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Format:
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Pages:
256
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226,802
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Meet the Author

Ina Garten is the author of four previous cookbooks, which have sold more than three million copies: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, and Barefoot in Paris. Ina is also the star of the Food Network Show Barefoot Contessa, and her new line of cake mixes, marinades, and condiments can now be found at specialty food stores across America. She lives in East Hampton, New York, and New York City with her husband, Jeffrey. Visit Ina at www.barefootcontessa.com.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recipes are so fresh and delicious. Really like how the author will re-create recipes that she has tried elsewhere and manages to keep the number of ingredients manageable. None of the recipes are very complicated to make but the end results are amazing. This would be an excellent gift for a bridal shower or housewarming gift. I intend to add all of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks to my collections for both of my homes. Love the photos of each recipe and my dish looks just like it when I am done! How many times have you tried to make a new recipe and it never turns out how it looks in the picture? Would highly recommend this series of cookbooks.
momadmac More than 1 year ago
The barefoot Contessa makes some amazing meals in this book and they are easy to follow. everything I have selected to make has been delicious and a repeat make. I am still trying to learn to be a "great cook" and this book gives me the confidence to try new things with he simple directions and guidance. If you love the Barefoot Contessa you will love this cook book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great range of recipes with easy to follow instructions that even a novice can follow. Ina's cookbooks are the best!
Mizzy More than 1 year ago
Ina is as always the the best at making simple food look and taste great. The book is a warm and friendly cookbook ready to put any level of chef at ease. The recipes are artfully done using normal what you may have in the larder ingredients. I highly recommend Anna's orange marmalade. It is a two day process but so wonderfully elegant in taste. After you make the marmalade make yourself some Honey White bread to go along with it. It truly is a good white bread. Cooking with Ina is like having your best friend in the kitchen with you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great cookbook from Ina. The recipe directions are easy to follow, the pictures show you what the dish will look like, the food is delicious and her written notes create a nice, cozy atmosphere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I am unable to review this book because, YET AGAIN, the lousy handling/packaging by B&N resulted in ALL the books in my order to arrive so damaged that I had to return them...These were meant as Christmas gifts, too, so, Thanks loads, B&N!!! Once again I BEG, I PLEAD, follow Amazon's model of vacu-sealing the items onto a piece of cardboard sized to the interior of the box. Just as cheap as tossing a bunch of ineffective airbags and 100% more secure!!! :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all of Ina's cookbooks up to date I love her recipes and the way she puts a meal together for two, a dinner party, a large group! I gave this one as a Christmas gift!
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Stay-At-Home-Chef More than 1 year ago
The fact that almost every recipe received perfect scores confirms what I already knew: Ina Garten's cookbooks belong in everyone's kitchen. Granted this cookbook is heavy on the desserts section and some of the recipes might be considered a little too basic for more seasoned chefs, but for a new cook wanting to stretch their culinary muscles this book is perfect! It provides you with delicious, good solid comfort food without being pretentious. I also like how at the back of the book she includes a number of menu ideas, an addition which many people will no doubt find inspiring when putting together a dinner party.
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