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Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again Hardcover – October 24, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Garten's fifth cookbook (after Barefoot in Paris) follows her surefire formula: uncomplicated but elegant recipes for the home cook whose priority is spending time with friends and family, not in the kitchen. From breakfast to dessert, the Food Network star organizes this volume by meal, with an easy-to-navigate recipe list at the top of each section. Many entries provide a creative alternative to the basics: the Summer Borscht—which calls for fresh beets, cucumber and chicken stock—will make a cool, flavorful substitute for the predictable bowl of gazpacho, and the mayonnaise-based Jon Snow's Fish Salad—freshly roasted white fish filets (e.g., halibut) distinguished by the addition of diced fennel—will supersede tuna salad. But some of Garten's "feel-good" foods barely warrant inclusion—her recipe for Sunday Morning Oatmeal barely elevates the instructions on the Quaker canister. If not always inventive, these recipes (e.g., Cornish Hens with Cornbread Stuffing) should be reliable for seasoned but time-pressed or ambitious but inexperienced cooks. Striking a warm, personal tone, Garten also includes advice on designing a kitchen, making a grocery list, planning a menu and where to shop and dine in the Hamptons. (Nov.)
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"Beloved all over the planet (not only for her food), Ina Garten has become the inspiration in the kitchen for so many of us." * Gwyneth Paltrow * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Black and White Angel Cake is a great example of Garten's magic. Angel food cake is always what I make when I have way too many egg whites sitting in the house and I need to make them go away. Traditionally, angel food cake is somewhat bland, although good when dressed up with some fresh berries and other finishing touches. I made the Black and White Angel Cake, prepared myself for just ok. However I was completely blown away by this disarmingly simple recipe. I did use valrhona chocolate for the icing (which certainly didn't hurt), and tossed in some cocoa nibs along with the shaved chocolate, but the cake was absolutely exquisite, something I will make over and over again. I wouldn't want to eat it with anything else on it...its so darned good just on its own.
Its this kind of recipe that makes me purchase all of Garten's cookbooks. I wish this book had fewer just ok recipes, but for me frankly having even a half dozen "blows me away" recipes makes it all worth while.
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Buttermilk mash potatoes, glazed carrots, roasted red potatoes.
Would recommend this recipe book.