Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That?

Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That?

Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips

Book - 2010
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Ina Garten, bestselling cookbook author and beloved star of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network, is back with her easiest recipes ever.
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In Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? Ina proves once again that it doesn't take complicated techniques, special equipment, or stops at more than one grocery store to make wonderful dishes for your family and friends. Her newest must-have cookbook is all about saving time and avoiding stress while having fun in the kitchen.

These are not recipes with three ingredients thrown together in five minutes; instead home cooks will find fantastic Barefoot Contessa recipes that are easy to make but still have all that deep, delicious flavor Ina is known for--and that makes a meal so satisfying. Think Pink Grapefruit Margaritas served with Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs--two classics with a twist. For lunch, Ina makes everyone's favorite Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich and Snap Peas with Pancetta. For dinner, try Jeffrey's Roast Chicken (tried and true!); Steakhouse Steaks, which come out perfectly every time and--with Ina's easy tip--couldn't be simpler; or an Easy Parmesan "Risotto" that you throw in the oven instead of stirring endlessly on the stovetop. Finally, Ina's desserts never disappoint--from Red Velvet Cupcakes to Chocolate Pudding Cream Tart.

To top it all off, Ina also shares her best tips for making cooking really easy. She leaves bowls of lemons and limes on the counter not only because they look great but because they also remind her that a squeeze of lemon in a dish brightens the flavors. She shows us the equipment that makes a difference to her--like sharp knives, the right zester, an extra bowl for her electric mixer--and that can help you in your kitchen, too.

Filled with 225 gorgeous full-color photographs, Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? is the perfect kitchen companion for busy home cooks who still want fabulous flavor.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307238764
Characteristics: 256 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bacon, Quentin
Alternative Title: How easy is that?

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samdeshp
Apr 28, 2013

Not surprised that this is not meant for vegetarians. Also did not find many signature recipes as such.

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RonNasty64
Sep 12, 2011

The Contessa and I agree to disagree on our definition of the word "easy".

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vidyaslibrary
Aug 15, 2011

Neat and clean recipies in the usual Ina Garten style. Very well organized and beautifully illustrated that it will make the mouth water!

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macierules
Jul 15, 2011

I'm such a huge Ina Garten fan. Every recipe that I've tried turns out perfectly - and that makes it a favourite.

ehbooklover Mar 29, 2011

The recipe for Ina's Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is worth 5 stars alone. Made it last night and it was absolutely delish!

cooking_girl Mar 01, 2011

all the recipes in this book look soooo good! it will make you want to try every single one!

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TheSponge
Jan 20, 2011

A devoted Barefoot Contessa fan, I was suprisingly disappointed by her latest, unfortunately.

If you’re like most cooks, you appreciate the practical, time saving tips and dependable recipes that Ina Garten has become known for. You probably enjoy working with fresh, seasonal ingredients and shop at your local market or grocery store, like I do. Having said that….although I enjoyed “How Easy Is That?” and its production values, I came away both hungry and with the distinct suspicion that the author was perhaps living in a bubble when she penned this latest culinary tome. Perhaps the recession did not affect those who live in the Hamptons?

Personally, I like to shop for ingredients that are actually accessible at my local marketplace, farmers market and grocery store. I found that many of the recipes in this latest collection do require specialty items that are a) difficult to find and b) tres expensive. Not all of us Barefoot/ Ina devotees summer in the Hamptons, have dueling dishwashers in custom designed kitchens, have the budget to access to black/white truffles, foie gras, Best of Class cognac, applewood smoked salmon et al…

Note to Ina: When one is in the midst of a recession a wonderful way to alienate ones readership is to be perceived as pretentious.

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