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Barefoot Contessa Recipe Journal: With an Index of Ina Garten's Cookbooks Diary – April 6, 2010


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  • Diary: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Jou Spi edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030771697X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716972
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream of operating a specialty food store in the Hamptons. She is a frequent contributor to major national magazines and writes a recurring column in O Magazine. Her new television series on entertaining can be seen on Food Network. Ina lives in East Hampton, New York, and Southport, Connecticut, with her husband, Jeffrey.

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I am a huge Ina Garten fan.
R. Valentine
I am often either looking for a particular recipe that I have used before or have a particular food item that I am searching for a good recipe.
AAH
As an index, this does not cut it.
Catie Vodicka

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By lonbeehold on April 12, 2010
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I have all of Ina's books and often can't remember where a particular recipe came from. This journal has a handy index for just those times. The subsections are, in this order: cocktails, lunch, sandwiches, soups, salads, dinner, vegetables, sides, fruit desserts, cakes, cookies and bars, pies and tarts, other desserts, breakfast, breads, drinks, and kid food. I find the categories a bit random and not always obvious. For example, Mache with Warm Brie and Apples is listed under "lunch". The first place I'd look though would be "salads". Herbed-Baked Eggs and Scrambled Eggs with Truffles are also listed under "lunch". Yes, they'd make lovely lunches, but since there is a "breakfast" category, that's the first place I'd look for egg dishes. Also, the recipes are listed by name, not ingredient-so a quick look for eggs would not lead you to these dishes. I'd prefer the index be organized by food type or main ingredient. The books themselves are referenced by number, with a key on the bottom of each page, which is helpful. Probably done to save space-even using initials for the book titles would have been a strain on the index space. It's easy enough to shelve my books in order of publication. The journal is divided with tabs; to start, salads & soups, dinner, vegetables, desserts and breakfast. Each divider has a picture of the one recipe pertaining to that section that is included in the journal and an Ina quote on the other side, with a pocket for clippings and such. Each section has a generous number of lined pages for jotting down notes, lists and/or recipes. All in all, this is a great little companion volume to Ina's wonderful books. I gave it four stars because of my issues with the index.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By AAH on August 3, 2010
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I own and use all six of Ira Garten's cookbooks. I am often either looking for a particular recipe that I have used before or have a particular food item that I am searching for a good recipe. This book is useless for both searches.

The index is organized in alphabetic order within groups like breakfast, deserts, vegetables, dinner, salads etc. So far, so good. Unfortunately, the recipes within groups are all in alphabetic order by whatever the first word in the recipe name happens to be. For example, to find chicken recipes, one needs to look under "I" for Indonesian Ginger Chicken or "L" for Lemon Chicken with Croutons, or "P" for Parmesan Chicken. This book is useless for one of its main purposes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Valentine on April 8, 2010
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I am a huge Ina Garten fan. I have all her books and I use them constantly. Now granted, this is just a journal, not a cookbook. But I have long wished for an index for all of Ina's Books so I didn't have to run over to the Food Network's website to figure out which of Ina's 6 books held the recipe I wanted that day.

So as far as I'm concerned, this little gem is work the money just to have the index!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Catie Vodicka on July 7, 2010
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I love Ina's books. And I have all of them. Since this was supposed to include an index of all of her recipes to date, I expected it to save me time when locating recipes. Not so. The "index" contains arbitrary categories which, as noted in a previous review, one must second-guess. But most frustrating is the fact that one must know the exact name of a recipe in order to find it. For instance, if one is seeking her recipe for roasted chicken, then one must look in the dinner category under "P". For "Perfect". As in "Perfect Roasted Chicken". As an index, this does not cut it. Save your money.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Food is love... on April 28, 2010
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I, too, am a huge fan of Ina Garten, her books, and her program. As to the index, though, I simply downloaded it from the Internet last year, folded it, and tucked it into the front of "Back to Basics." This enables me to find what I'm looking for quickly, get the correct book, and go. I already use a spiral notebook for recipes that I've tried and any alterations. The whole process at my house certainly costs less than the charge for this index with pockets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2010
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Ever wanted to prepare a fondly remembered dish but have no idea where the recipe is? Is it in your file? In one of your many cookbooks, if so which one? Is it somewhere in that full drawer of "Necessities" that every kitchen has? Or, a friend wants the recipe for the dessert you served last month - where is it? Worse case scenario at our house is when the Mr. asks why I don't fix a chicken casserole he loves any more. What chicken casserole, and where is the recipe?

Thanks to Ina Garten we can now bring mother's advice to our recipes - remember when she said, "A place for everything and everything in its place?" Well, BAREFOOT CONTESSA RECIPE JOURNAL provides just that.

This colorful 7 ˝" by 9" ringed notebook holds tabbed chapters for everything from starters to salads & soups to dinner to vegetables to desserts to breakfast. Each chapter has a pocket divider for clipped recipes, and a generous number of lined pages for making notes, copying recipes or making menus. Further, each chapter opens with one of Ina's favorite recipes in that particular category.

Also included is an index that holds the recipes from all six of Ina's cookbooks. Each listing is coded so that you can not only immediately identify the cookbook but also the page number. How's that for efficiency?

As has been said you can never have too many cookbooks, but you only need one BAREFOOT CONTESSA RECIPE JOURNAL to keep all those recipes at the tip of your finger.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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