Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again by Ina Garten

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThroughout the years that she has lived and worked in East Hampton, Ina Garten has catered and attended countless parties and dinners. She will be the first to tell you, though, that nothing beats a cozy dinner, surrounded by the people you love most, in the comfort that only your own home can provide. In Barefoot Contessa at Home, Ina shares he...

Title:Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again
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ISBN:1400054346
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again Reviews

  • Jane
    May 06, 2009

    Alfonso and I decided that we should try cooking together every week... so this is where we'll start.

    Most of the recipes are basic--for the home cook as the title suggests. Nothing too fancy or extraordinary. Great for beginner cooks who need a word for word walk through of the method. Not for the experimental or seasoned cook.

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    pg 37: Chicken salad sandwiches -- I've never actually tried this particular recipe, but I'm going to say that since it's very close to my own, I like it! The o

    Alfonso and I decided that we should try cooking together every week... so this is where we'll start.

    Most of the recipes are basic--for the home cook as the title suggests. Nothing too fancy or extraordinary. Great for beginner cooks who need a word for word walk through of the method. Not for the experimental or seasoned cook.

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    pg 37: Chicken salad sandwiches -- I've never actually tried this particular recipe, but I'm going to say that since it's very close to my own, I like it! The only difference is (this is for you Damaris since you asked =), I use dried tarragon instead of fresh (but you can use either, fresh taste better), and I add a handfull of cranberries. I don't know exact measurements for my own recipe, but I'm sure it's close to Ina's.

    pg 96: Chicken piccata -- (5/7/09) Mmm... Lemony. Simple and light. We used Pinot Grigio for the sauce. Just remember to use more oil than recommended if you choose panko instead of fine bread crumbs. Our experience would have been flawless if Alfonso didn't spill about 1/3c of lemon juice on my head--I was reaching down for a sheet tray when that happened. That's the other thing: have the lemon juice ready before starting the method.

    pg 92: Blue cheese burgers -- (5/15/09) Without blue cheese; I don't like blue cheese. The method calls for a bit of butter enclosed in the center of the patty, which I thought was brilliant! It made the burger extremely juicy even at med-well. I would've preferred more spices, a handful of oregano would be good.

    recipes I'll try later:

    Chocolate cupcakes & peanut butter icing

    Cranberry orange scones

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  • Steven Peterson
    May 24, 2009

    I love checking out cookbooks. One never knows what culinary treasures will show up in a volume. Authoors differ in their approaches and even provide varying recipes for the same dish.

    In essence, the author, Ina Garten, lays out her approach in the following quotations (both from Page 11): ". . .I don't see any reason why we can't buy perfectly good ingredients in a grocery store, cook them simply, and serve an absolutely delicious meal that will delight everyone at the table." And a second obs

    I love checking out cookbooks. One never knows what culinary treasures will show up in a volume. Authoors differ in their approaches and even provide varying recipes for the same dish.

    In essence, the author, Ina Garten, lays out her approach in the following quotations (both from Page 11): ". . .I don't see any reason why we can't buy perfectly good ingredients in a grocery store, cook them simply, and serve an absolutely delicious meal that will delight everyone at the table." And a second observation: "What truly fires my imagination is taking ordinary ingredients and cooking them--or pairing them--in a way that `unlocks' their true flavors." She also argues strongly in favor of cooking by the season, since different foods are at their most flavorful at different times.

    Throughout the book, Garten scatters "Top 10" lists, such as the "10 No-cook things to serve with drinks," "Top 10 Flavor Boosters," and "10 Things Not to Serve at a Dinner Party."

    But let's take a look at some of the recipes. I enjoy Potato Leek Soup, and have tried out several different recipes (enjoying all). Garten adds a new one to my collection. One ingredient that distinguishes hers from others is the use of arugula. Delicious.

    "Coq au Vin" is one of my favorite tried and true French recipes. Garten provides her recipe, basing it on a Beef Bourguignon. As her producer once said, triggering the experiment, "Well, [coq au vin:] is just beef bourguignon with chicken." Boy, this sounds interesting, richer than the normal recipe that I use.

    All in all, a fine cookbook. Garten lays out her views on cooking at the outset and then illustrates how to implement those views in her recipe collection. People who want to create tasty dishes without major hassles will find this a good cookbook to add to their collection.

  • Andrea
    Jun 11, 2009

    Contrary to its title, I am never inspired to make the Barefoot Contessa's recipes again and again. Not that I don't like her. But she seems to have such a strong following of people who love her, and I just don't like her as much as they do. How about Nigella Lawson? James Beard? Even Rachel Ray is more fun to read, though she puts together some odd combinations.

  • Lori
    Oct 21, 2009

    Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa series are so much more than just the recipes. Her warmth, wit and passion are all translated in the stories she shares with the readers as well as the great photos of the food and places she loves in East Hampton. At Home is her lastest cookbook and although my favoite remains Barefoot Contessa Family Style, I am pleased to have this one in my collection.

    There are great tasting recipes, those that have become requested favorites are; Mustard roasted potatoes, blu

    Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa series are so much more than just the recipes. Her warmth, wit and passion are all translated in the stories she shares with the readers as well as the great photos of the food and places she loves in East Hampton. At Home is her lastest cookbook and although my favoite remains Barefoot Contessa Family Style, I am pleased to have this one in my collection.

    There are great tasting recipes, those that have become requested favorites are; Mustard roasted potatoes, blue cheese cole slaw, old fashioned potatoe salad, blue cheese burgers and buttermilk mashed potatoes to name a few. The real stars here are the desserts; Beatty's chocolate cake with chocolate frosting was a sensation at a birthday party, peanut butter and jelly bars and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing are stand outs. But the main attraction was the coconut cake with cream cheese frosting I made for my son's 16th birthday. It was a spectacular presentation with rave reviews from all guests and most importantly my son. This latest of the Barefoot Contessa series although not my favorite is definetly worth the investment and you will make the recipes over and over as Ina Garten promises.

  • Felicite
    Dec 20, 2009

    Mrs. Barefoot Contessa is classy, jazzy lady that knows what she doing in the kitchen. Hats off to her Mrs. Barefoot Contessa. Lemon Squares recipe is the marvelous!

  • Sebah Al-Ali
    Jul 29, 2010

    عذاب نفسي. مليء بالوصفات ذات المقادير سهلة التوفر و يسيرة التحضير، و مقسم لعدة أقسام تشمل الأطباق من مختلف الأصناف (حلو، رئيسي، سلطات، ...)؛ رغم أني فقط اطلعت على وصفات السلطات و الحلويات.

    أظنه من الكتب المفيد تواجدها في مكتبة المنزل. من الكتب التي أنوي اقتناء نسخة منه لمكتبتي.

  • Ariel
    Jul 18, 2011

    I have made the chicken salad veronique recipe many times from this book. It's very good for parties and is even better with my own addition of dried cranberries and pecans. The orange-honey glazed carrots are also out of this world. I have been making a very similar recipe from Martha Stewart for years. A great way to get the kids to eat the veggies when they taste like candy. Aside from the potato salad and maybe the chicken piccata (though I already have a million recipes for that) there isn'

    I have made the chicken salad veronique recipe many times from this book. It's very good for parties and is even better with my own addition of dried cranberries and pecans. The orange-honey glazed carrots are also out of this world. I have been making a very similar recipe from Martha Stewart for years. A great way to get the kids to eat the veggies when they taste like candy. Aside from the potato salad and maybe the chicken piccata (though I already have a million recipes for that) there isn't anything else in the book I would really make. I cook primarily for the immediate family and they aren't clamoring for things like duck, blue and goat cheese, cornish hens, and roasted peppers. The family likes their lasagna with pasta not portobello mushrooms, thank you very much. There is also more than one recipe for lobster. I am sure Ina can afford it. Have you priced lobster these days? Yikes!, not on our everyday budget. This is definitely a foodie gourmet book. As an aside I was very disappointed to find out that Ina turned down the make a wish foundation. They should have asked Giada. I recently saw her in person and she was every bit as nice in person as she seems on TV. I will not be purchasing from Ina in the future.

  • Miranda Lynn
    Dec 29, 2013

    I will be the first person to tell you that I'm not a huge fan of Ina Garten. If she's on the television, I will immediately change the channel. I'm not sure why her personality grates on me so much (although at least she's not as bad as Paula Deen!), but I've just never really gotten into the whole "Barefoot Contessa" thing for some reason.

    But...

    . I can't quite pinpoint exactly what I loved about it — it just seemed like it was kind of

    I will be the first person to tell you that I'm not a huge fan of Ina Garten. If she's on the television, I will immediately change the channel. I'm not sure why her personality grates on me so much (although at least she's not as bad as Paula Deen!), but I've just never really gotten into the whole "Barefoot Contessa" thing for some reason.

    But...

    . I can't quite pinpoint exactly what I loved about it — it just seemed like it was kind of

    . I loved the beautiful, modern, playful layout; the colorful gorgeous photographs; and

    of the recipes seemed like things that I would love to make. I almost kind of want to do a "Julia and Julia"-type thing and go through this, making every single recipe! What more can I say? This is

    the type of cookbook that I've been looking for for months, and I can't believe that I finally found it in Ina Garten!

    I'm not sure why I was never interested in her before, but let me tell you — I'm definitely going to be checking out more of her cookbooks after reading this one!


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