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Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes and Easy Tips

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by Ina Garten
     
 

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 cookbook is all about saving time and avoiding stress while having fun in the kitchen.

These are not recipes with three ingredients thrown together in five minutes; instead home cooks will find fantastic Barefoot Contessa recipes that are easy to make but still have all that deep, delicious flavor Ina is known for—and that makes a meal so satisfying. Think Pink Grapefruit Margaritas served with Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs—two classics with a twist. For lunch, Ina makes everyone’s favorite Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich and Snap Peas with Pancetta. For dinner, try Jeffrey’s Roast Chicken (tried and true!); Steakhouse Steaks, which come out perfectly every time and—with Ina’s easy tip—couldn’t be simpler; or an Easy Parmesan “Risotto” that you throw in the oven instead of stirring endlessly on the stovetop. Finally, Ina’s desserts never disappoint—from Red Velvet Cupcakes to Chocolate Pudding Cream Tart.

To top it all off, Ina also shares her best tips for making cooking really easy. She leaves bowls of lemons and limes on the counter not only because they look great but because they also remind her that a squeeze of lemon in a dish brightens the flavors. She shows us the equipment that makes a difference to her—like sharp knives, the right zester, an extra bowl for her electric mixer—and that can help you in your kitchen, too.

Filled with 225 gorgeous full-color photographs, Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? is the perfect kitchen companion for busy home cooks who still want fabulous flavor.

Editorial Reviews

If you can somehow get beyond the delicious-looking desserts on the dust-jacket, you can learn to widen your palate with scores of new recipes from Food Network Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten. As viewers of her show and readers of her half-dozen bestselling cookbooks know, the Contessa favors healthy, ordinary ingredients put together in imaginative ways. How Easy Is That? pampers us with recipes for Provencal lamb, potato basil puree, Smoked Salmon Devil Eggs, and Chocolate Pudding Cream Tart. And don't even try to resist her rightly named Easy Parmesan "Risotto." A TV chef whose recipes live up to her reputation.

Publishers Weekly
The focus is on creating simpler yet appetizing dishes that save time and minimize stress in the kitchen in bestselling author (Barefoot Contessa Cookbook) and Food Network guru Garten’s latest. She showcases recipes that utilize fewer ingredients, limited to those easily found in supermarkets or specialty food stores. She also stays away from time-consuming cooking techniques, instead making unusually good use of her oven for everything from easy parmesan “risotto” and French toast bread pudding to spicy turkey meatballs. Despite the relative simplicity of these dishes, they are still elegant enough to be served at dinner parties, especially the roasted figs and prosciutto, fresh salmon tartare, and the mouthwatering, easy Provençal lamb. Garten’s vegetable dishes are particularly appealing and varied, including scalloped tomatoes, garlic-roasted cauliflower, and potato basil purée, and her desserts are equally strong, with easy cranberry and apple cake and fleur de sel caramels. Full-color photos accompany each recipe and are enough to send any hungry soul immediately into the kitchen. True to her trademark style, Garten once again shows that delicious food can be prepared with a minimum of fuss, even with guests on the way. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Garten, author of six best-selling cookbooks and host of the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, has produced another beautiful, accessible book on easy entertaining. "How easy is that?" is a familiar refrain for fans of her show, and here it's become a philosophy. Garten shares her method for recipe writing, revealing that if an ingredient can't be detected, it's eliminated. She's a home cook's cook who understands that in our time-starved lives there's no reason to be denied the simple pleasure of great food. Few of the recipes are more than a page long, and most require easy-to-find ingredients. Standouts include Stilton and Walnut Crackers, Greek Panzanella (a riff on the Italian classic), Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, and Fresh Peach Cake. Like other Garten books, this one is filled with over 200 color photos, a table of contents, and a well-organized index. VERDICT Garten's popularity and simple style make this an essential purchase. [Ten-city tour.]—Rosemarie Lewis, Georgetown Cty. Lib., SC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307238764
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
55,215
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.87(d)

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easy cranberry & apple cake
 
Serves 6 to 8
 
12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced
½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
11⁄8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
 
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
 
Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
 
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.
 
Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1⁄8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Meet the Author

Ina Garten is the author of six bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network She has a line of Barefoot Contessa baking mixes available nationwide and writes a monthly column for House Beautiful. Ina lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey.
 
Visit Ina at BarefootContessa.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying I am a huge Ina Garten fan both in print and in broadcast via "The Barefoot Contessa". So it pains me to be critical. I was so excited for this book only to be left feeling it was a lackluster effort on so many levels. Some of the recipes are really just re-packaged versions of others in her earlier books. The photography does not incite the usual "I have to make this right now" reaction that all of the photos in Ina's previous books have. It felt like a huge departure from her usual high standards. As my friend's mom said, the book feels as if she was in a hurry to get it done. That may be the case. Whatever may have happened, I want the old "Barefoot Contessa" back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have every book Ms. Garten has written and love them! This book was disappointing for several reasons. I found at least 5 recipes without looking too hard that have been previously done in her other books. In her opening chapter she clearly states she makes a point not to list ingredients that are hard to find. Such as gelatin sheets. Yet in her dessert section she requests cookies found only in a store in the Hamptons for a cake. Then for the Egg cream drink she lists a chocolate syrup I have never heard of. Then in the recipe for Red Velvet cupcakes she tells you to use cocoa you can only get at William and Sonoma, which doesn't tell you this. Which is also true for the olive oil she lists as a must have pantry stable. This olive oil use to be sold at Fresh Market, but no more. I can find gelatin sheets in my local grocery store, but not this syrup, olive oil or the cookies she lists. Plus she doesn't provide a resource to find this syrup. Which she claims is a MUST. Lastly, it is obvious she is pushing her own premade mixes, All Clad cookware, among other things. I like the book, but be prepared for the undertone of pushing products she is obviously in partnership with, reminds me of Martha Stewart. As for the recycle recipes, she is such a talented woman, the pages these recipes took up could have been used for new ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid Ina fan and owner of all of her cookbooks, I am disappointed with the blurry cover(!) and other photos that seem less than stellar. How does this get by editors? As Ina is all about quality... I am shocked this got by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After making numerous recipes from cosmos to pea soup to salmon with melting tomatoes to penna with vodka to balsamic brussells sprouts this book is a winner worth purchasing. Did not try any desserts as they aren't my forte'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great cookbook! Easy to follow and the recipes are delicious. Highly recommend to every cook or non cook.
Kyblossom More than 1 year ago
They are easy recipes if you want very unfamiliar food. I just was not too impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy is the key word here - some of these are already go-to recipes in my collection. Thanks Ina!
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The title of the book says it all: "How Easy is That?". Cooking and entertaining should be fun and relaxing, not stressful. I love the tips that Ina gives for preparing and presenting food. She is not a trained chef but she puts together some really great recipes. Use good quality products and ingredients, follow Ina's instructions and you will be thrilled with the results!
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