Aimed at the cook who intends to entertain, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook draws on Garten's experience as a caterer, as well as her knowledge of what customers really want to eat when they arrive at her shop. She has culled her favorite recipes and has included timesaving tips, always striving for ease and simplicity. Neither cooking nor entertaining should be a chore, according to Ina Garten, and her lovely cookbook is a case in point.
This is an intensely illustrated cookbook that shows the foods to best advantage (and makes it a lovely gift book). Presentation counts for a great deal, and Garten's food styling adds to any food platter. But just as relevant are photos that bring in the spirit of fresh, locally grown produce. There's the local poultry producer proudly holding a laying hen in case anyone should wonder where the eggs come from.
Starting with appetizers, Ina Garten isn't afraid to include such basics as hummus and guacamole: she knows from experience that her versions make a profound impact. There are French Onion Soup and Corn Cheddar Chowder, Baked Virginia Ham and Salmon with Fennel, Roasted Carrots and Caramelized Butternut Squash--and then one killer dessert after another. Included, too, are some breakfast specialties. Any upscale bed and breakfast could have this book in the kitchen and get rid of all others.
This isn't a cookbook about getting outrageous with food. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is about warming the hearts and souls of your guests with familiar food raised to a gourmet level. --Schuyler Ingle
A Classic...written in 1999 I bought it more to see what Ina Garten had in her first cookbook. Maybe it's time or whatever but if you've been a foodie in the last ten years you... Read morePublished 13 days ago by S. Hamilton
This book is more than a cooking book,it is a pleasure to read and get to know Ina better. The pictures are stunning, the recipes easy to read, understand and follow, in short it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Stone
Ina Gardner is doubtlessly a fabulous cook but her recipes and instructions make each of us Exceptional cooks too. Thanks Ina!Published 1 month ago by Patches
My manager really liked this book! She has yet to make anything from it though..Published 2 months ago by Cristina
Book was missing pages. Post it notes were hanging and and did not have the cover sleeve.Published 2 months ago by Suzette Stanitz