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Another gem from Ina!!!,
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This review is from: Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family (Hardcover)
Another wonderful book from the "Barefoot Contessa" lady!!! And this book seems to be her best yet because family is the center of this idea.
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!)
Parmesan Roasated Asparagus
SALAD FOR LUNCH:
Chicken with Tabbouleh
Montauk Seafood Salad
Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Lobster Cobb Salad
Curried Chicken Salad
Brown Rice, Tomatoes, and Basil
Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil
Herbal Iced Tea
Sunday Rib Roast
Tequila Lime Chicken
Penne Pasta with 5 Cheeses
Chicken Stew with Biscuits
Fish and Chips
Lasagna with Turkey Sausage
Real Meatballs and Spaghetti
Linguine with Schrimp Scampi
Roasted Winter Vegetables
Mashed Yellow Turnips
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Zucchini with Parmesan
Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Mashed Butternut Squash
Sagaponack Corn Pudding
Wild Rice Pilaf
DESSERTS: (always my favorite part of any book):
Frozen Key Lime Pie
Espresso Ice Cream
Oorange Pound Cake
Raspberry Orange Trifle
Rum Raisin Rice Pudding
Stewed Berries and Ice Cream
Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Lemon Angel Food Cake
Blueberry Coffe Cake Muffins
Banana Sour Cream Pancakes
Scrambles Eggs, 3 Ways
Potato Basil Frittata
Smoked Salmon Frittata
Challah French Toast
Bagels with Flavored Cream Cheese
Fresh Fruit with Honey Vanilla Yogurt
Parmesan Chicken Sticks
Mac and Cheese (defintitely very kid-friendly!)
Broccoli and Bow Ties
Fruit Juice Shapes
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Whipped Hot Chocolate
Toasted Coconut Marshmallows (you'll have SOOO much fun w/ this)
Birthday Sheet Cake
Ina's basic recommended kitchen staples
TEN KITCHEN TOOLS:
The equipment she feels are your basic needs
Menu's for all kinds of events, parties, themes, etc
Like many of the other reviewers have already said, the recipes are delicious and easy, and everyone will have a great time if they want to help out. I myself, haven't quite gotten to the seafood recipes yet, in that I am not much of a seafood person, but I have family and friends who are, so they won't be too far down the track. But as for the rest of the dishes, they really are tasty, satisfying and wonderful; you won't be disappointed.
Another note about what I enjoy seeing, that really doesn't have alot to do directly with the book itself, is the caring and emotion behind her love for her husband Jeffrey. In both her show and in her books, you can feel that beautiful and endearing feeling between the two of them when she either speaks of him or he is in the segment. It's a nice testament to marriage to see in this day and age. Oh well, I digress.
Enjoy the dishes and the sense of bonding that cooking with family and friends can bring, courtesy of our Ina.
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Initial post: May 17, 2010 9:39:22 AM PDT
Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an in depth review! I can't tell you how many "family" cookbooks I have purchased sight unseen only to open them up and find page after page of recipes my family would never eat! I've found this book on many different sites and could not find a list of recipes. This was a tremendous help!
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2010 4:36:38 AM PDT
Hi HappyMommy78! Very happy to hear that the recipe listing helped; actually, your comment was a great help to me too. Sometimes I think that it might be too much for some people to read the review b/c of the long listing of recipes, but I am always very grateful for the recipe listing as well. So I guess that we helped each other; thanks!
Posted on Jan 16, 2013 7:26:01 PM PST
Claine Laire says:
I love BC but dislike that the specific recipes in each cookbook are not mentioned in the descriptions. I was so thrilled to find this review! I ordered the book and am so excited to receive it. Thank you so much!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 7:16:10 AM PST
Hi Claine! Happy to hear the review was useful for you. While not everyone will enjoy every recipe, due to tastes and like and dislikes, these are dishes that are mainstream but with a very delicious twist to them. And when you have kids, that becomes the real challenge of getting good food into them; I think Ina covered the bases well with this book. Have a great day!
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