Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: How to Get Great Flavours from Simple ingredientsHardback
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- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Hardback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 191mm x 254mm x 25mm | 1,111g
- Publication date: 12 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1400054354
- ISBN 13: 9781400054350
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 125 4-COLOR PHOTOS
- Sales rank: 64,338
"Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics" is the essential Ina Garten cookbook, focusing on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style, and offering nearly a hundred brand-new recipes that will become trusted favorites. Ina Garten's bestselling cookbooks have con-sistently provided accessible, subtly sophisticated recipes ranging from French classics made easy to delicious, simple home cooking. In "Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics," Ina truly breaks down her ideas on flavor, examining the ingredients and techniques that are the foundation of her easy, refined style. Here Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking, and entertaining a breeze. The recipes--crowd-pleasers like Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuscan Lemon Chicken, and Easy Sticky Buns--demonstrate Ina's talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can make without stress. For longtime fans, Ina delivers new insights into her simple techniques; for newcomers she provides a thorough master class on the basics of Barefoot Contessa cooking plus a Q&A section with answers to the questions people ask her all the time. With full-color photographs and invaluable cooking tips, "Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics" is an essential addition to the cherished library of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.
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Ina Garten is one of the country's most beloved culinary icons and the author of five previous cookbooks. She can be seen on "Food Network," where her shows, "Barefoot Contessa" and "Back to Basics," are among the network's most watched. Ina also writes a column on entertaining for "House Beautiful" magazine. Visit Ina at BarefootContessa.com.
By Barbara Hodges 08 Jul 2010
Ina has done it again! Fans of her cooking style won't be disappointed in this offering. Simple food, well written, beautifully presented in her own chatty, friendly style. Yummy recipes such as Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese, Tuscan style Chicken, Roasted Butternut Squash salad with warm Cider Vinaigrette are sure to please.
Some of the info in the book is a bit superfluous - like who (outside of her local area) cares who built her Barn or who her garden designer is! This "surplus to requirements" information is the only reason I marked the book down slightly. However, to give Ina her dues, she recognises and supports her local crafts people and friends! And, in this "egocentric" world, that is a rare thing indeed!
The book is 272 pages packed with recipes, annecdotes and tips and represents good value for money. Well done Ina and I look forward to your next release.