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

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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 cookbook is all about saving ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307238764
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 48,465
  • Product dimensions: 10.38 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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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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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First Chapter

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?

Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips
By Ina Garten

Clarkson Potter

Copyright © 2010 Ina Garten
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307238764

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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Excerpted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten Copyright © 2010 by Ina Garten. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Recipe

easy cranberry & apple cake

Serves 6 to 8
This recipe is inspired by a cranberry pie from Sarah Chase’s book Cold Weather
Cooking. My friend Barbara Liberman calls it “easy cake”—I call it delicious.
It’s even better served warm with vanilla ice cream.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    What Happened?

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    The Good, the bad, and the commerical

    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.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2010

    Poor publishing effort

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    There Goes My Diet!

    I love the Barefoot Contessa. It doesn't help that the Food Network helped make me one of her biggest fan, but Ina has helped me make the most humble dishes elegant again. Again, there goes my diet. I'd also recommend another good book for when you do blow your diet. It's called "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of forgiveness. It is a must read for every woman.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Don't miss this,

    Great cookbook! Easy to follow and the recipes are delicious. Highly recommend to every cook or non cook.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Not as good as some others

    They are easy recipes if you want very unfamiliar food. I just was not too impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    No-fail crowd pleasers!

    Easy is the key word here - some of these are already go-to recipes in my collection. Thanks Ina!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Great

    this is great that I can use it on my mook. The recipes are easy to follow and have tried a few. I enjoy using Ina's recipes and watching her show.
    Hope more of her books will be ebooks.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    Another successful Barefoot Contessa cookbook!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Another great book from The Barefoot Contessa!!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    O.K

    As far as Anonymous goes you can get everything you need. It may not be exactly what Ina says but you can get close to it,. As far as feleatin sheets, olive oil and chocolate syruy goes the chocolate is call Fox U-Bet Chocolate syruy and olive oli any supermarket sell them. If I can get the items you can. it made not be what she called for but close enough. Oilve oil comes in many different brand so you show not have a problem. As fae as gelatin sheet any cake supplies say it, you have to look in the yellow pages. As far as the chocolate syruy goes every one sells Fox U-Bet. I am a Ex-NY who move to Ca 29 yes ago and I can find everything I need. If I can you can. Their are alot a Co. on the inyrny who sells them U-Bet is from Brooklun , MY so you can order from then directly. You need to look for items that are simmily to the order. Ina just gives you explain were she gets it. I don't know were you live, but I am sure you can get all the items you need, as long as you buy close to it, it will work. Please just try harder in looking for the items., I am sure you can get them. As far as gelatin sheets everyone sells them. thery are not hard to find. I hope this helps you. I wish you good luck lick. As far as the rescepit goes everyone one repeart theem. If you look in some of your other books you can find then, with just a little diff in amt of salt or bakeing soda. Annonymous Ca

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

    What's not to love?

    Every recipe is fantastic! I love being able to rely on any Ina recipe for a successful dish. A collection of easy dishes- yum!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    Another great cookbook by Ina

    I love this book. Already made a few dishes and as usual they are both easy and delicious. As for the previous post about the quality I can only say my copy is fine so perhaps it can be returned for another copy

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