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Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family Hardcover – October 29, 2002
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As I'm sure you can gather from the previous list, these are recipes for things that you probably already know how to make... it's just that they're absolutely superlative versions of those things. (Much like the chocolate pudding from her Parties! book, if anyone has tried making that: it's just chocolate pudding, after all, but it's heavenly).
So here's my advice: if you're convinced that you already have the perfect recipe for every standard dish under the sun, this book isn't for you. If, however, you love good food and are willing to contemplate the idea that classic dishes could be even better, give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Furthermore, I think that this would be a wonderful wedding gift or gift to someone who's just starting out: why not begin life with a collection of wonderful recipes for comfort foods?
The recipes are easy and fabulous and they can easily be served for a low-key family dinner or a special dinner with company. While they could be considered gourmet, none of the recipes call for exotic ingredients which means everything is already in your pantry or readily available at the grocery store. What I particularly like is that Ina offers menu suggestions in the back of the book so all of the planning is already done for you.
Most importantly, this book is family friendly. There is a section devoted to children's food including favorites like Mac and Cheese and Chicken Fingers. However, my girlfriend's 2-year old couldn't get enough of the Shrimp Scampi (one of the "adult" recipes) and that was enough to get her to buy the book too.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for easy, delicious recipes for all kinds of occassions.
As usual, every recipe I have tried has been a success (Turkey Lasagna, Banana Sour Cream Pancakes, Shrimp Scampi, Rice Pudding, Mustard Vinagrette). I especially love the simple ingredients and the non-fussy style of the cooking. The recipes please my family and myself and keep my time in the kitchen at a minimum, which makes me very happy.
Although I did not garner as many new recipes from this cookbook as I did her other two, I would not hesitate to give this as a wedding shower gift to a novice cook.
Looking forward to Ina's next cookbook.
Everything within the covers of her latest cooking effort stresses the point of having "family" be the reason for enjoying a good meal and for making great memories. She gave an interesting comment in the opening of this book that families have changed just a wee bit from the "Ozzie and Harriet" years, but that regardless, being with people we love is family enough. And so she helps us to prepare meals that are fun and delicious and easy to make. Plus, the pages of this book are the delicious glossy look, so the absolutely wonderful photography of her dishes just jump out at you with color and desire.
Here is how the book breaks down:
This addresses the general points of family entertaining from setting the table and the mood, to how to incorporate traditions without getting it too complicated for simple meals.
PLANNING THE MEALS:
This deals with schedules, picky eaters, and sudden problems.
East Hampton Clam Chowder
Chicken Noodle Soup
Roasted Vegetable Soup
Smoked Salmon Spread
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Arugala with Parmesan
Green Salad with Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette
Endive, Stilton, and Walnuts (absolutely DEE-lish!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Ina!! I want to end up owning all of her cookbooks. She is one of my favorites and her cookbooks are amazing. This one is no exception.Published 5 days ago by Djnunn
I've gained so much weight cooking her recipes, but it was so worth it.Published 11 days ago by J. Rodriguez
One of Ina's best cookbooks. I've made many of the recipes and given it as gifts to my family members.Published 13 days ago by leslie lilla
I love Ina Garten and this cookbook is just as interesting and fun to read as her others. I haven't yet cooked any of the recipes, but I am having fun reading them and planning to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann
As usual, Ina Garten presents mouthwatering dishes that anyone can make. Nice pictures, and a fun book to read and cook from.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
She has a very cool way of writing and bringing you into the book. Very cool.Published 3 months ago by Charlie McCarthy