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4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Ina!!!, February 22, 2006
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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.


This deals with schedules, picky eaters, and sudden problems.


East Hampton Clam Chowder

Chicken Noodle Soup

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Brioche Croutons

Smoked Salmon Spread

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Tuna Tartare

Arugala with Parmesan

Green Salad with Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette

Endive, Stilton, and Walnuts (absolutely DEE-lish!)

Parmesan Roasated Asparagus


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

Wheatberry Salad

Herbal Iced Tea


Herb-Roasted Lamb

Sunday Rib Roast

Oven-Fried Chicken

Tequila Lime Chicken

Saffron Risotto

Penne Pasta with 5 Cheeses

Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Short Ribs

Fish and Chips

Lasagna with Turkey Sausage

Real Meatballs and Spaghetti

Linguine with Schrimp Scampi


Roasted Winter Vegetables

Mashed Yellow Turnips

String Beans

Provencal Tomatoes

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Zucchini with Parmesan

Sauteed Carrots

Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Mashed Butternut Squash

Sagaponack Corn Pudding

Wild Rice Pilaf

Rosemary Polenta

DESSERTS: (always my favorite part of any book):

Raspberry Cheesecake

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

Flag Cake

Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Coconut Macaroons

Lemon Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Mousse

Summer Pudding



Blueberry Coffe Cake Muffins

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Scrambles Eggs, 3 Ways

Potato Basil Frittata

Smoked Salmon Frittata

Challah French Toast

Hashed Browns

Bagels with Flavored Cream Cheese

Chive Biscuits

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

Homemade Marshmallows

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows (you'll have SOOO much fun w/ this)

Birthday Sheet Cake


Ina's basic recommended kitchen staples


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
happymommy78 says:
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
Toni says:
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
Toni says:
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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