Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBarefoot 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 Bar...

Details Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

TitleBarefoot Contessa Back to Basics
Release DateOct 28th, 2008
PublisherClarkson Potter
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction, Reference, Foodie, Culinary, Adult, How To

Reviews Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

  • El
    Unlike many of the Martha Stewart Living recipes I've tried, you don't get halfway through a Barefoot Contessa recipe only to find that you were supposed to soak the pears for your cake or whatever in some liquor for three months last fall (true story) or something equally as ridiculous. Who starts planning a recipe three months in advance???? (excluding famous chefs and Stepford wives, that is) I love the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks because Ina ...
  • Darlene
    First I will say I love cookbooks! Secondly, Ina Garten has been a favorite of mine for so long now I can't even remember when I first saw her. I watch her religiously on the Food Network channel whenever she's on. This may sound odd, but for me she has a comforting nature. When I watch her show I'm just relaxed and really enjoying watching her putting together her recipes in that easy way that she has. This latest cookbook of hers is fabulous. F...
  • A.M.
    I'm not much of a cookbook person. But when I use a cookbook, I want it to be just that: a collection of recipes. I am not interested in the page-long descriptions of why cooking is so great, and how to buy ingredients, and anything else that the author feels like sharing. So the 9 introductory pages could have been summarized a lot more concisely.On the plus side, the photographs are beautiful, although it makes me feel this book is more a coffe...
  • Tina Wright
    Many of these recipes are now staples in my menu-planning. They are all delicious, albeit too fattening to eat every day!
  • Sarah
    I checked out a bunch of her cookbooks - and out of four of them I found maybe three recipes I would make. They all looked delicious, but just for various reasons I probably won't be making most of them. I sure enjoyed looking at all the pictures, though, and dreaming of eating her food. I also read most of the text in each book. One book (maybe this one?) had an essay about how she only has the essential pans - and not so many that she can't sto...
  • Jen
    Okay, so I'm a huge Ina Garten fan and was excited to try out some of these recipes. A new Barefoot Contessa book always means taking out the battery of the smoke alarm near the kitchen because of all the smoke caused by roasting. I'm going to think of this one as the fennel and dill book because seriously, has she always used so much fresh fennel and dill? (I did not make any of the fennel or dill recipes but I am planting fennel this spring, so...
  • Rachel
    I found a delicious potato salad recipe in this book - so yummy, in fact, that I have to find it again! I really like the style and the photos are gorgeous. The layout is very clean and enticing, and Ina Garten's writing voice is warm and friendly. I definitely want to add this to my permanent cookbook collection one day.
  • tatiana
    I've already tried a number of recipes in this book, but I'm starting from scratch (so to speak) so I can fully enjoy all of the wonderful tips, anecdotes and lovely photographs from cover to cover.
  • Joseph
    Ina comes across as very personable and genuine on food network ... sadly, however, this cookbook is just another celebrity cook money making gambit ... it does however have beautiful photography and is a triumph of form over substance ... some of the recipes are good, others well, you are better of checking youtube ... had a feeling this cookbook would be less than stellar, so bought it used ... glad i did, i wud have been upset had i paid full ...
  • Jo Gomez
    Ina Garten makes the cooking seem easy.
  • Holly
    There was nothing "basic" about this cookbook.
  • Lisa Carlson
    Author, culinary icon Ina Garten presents a beautiful palate of expertise (common sense), elegance without complications and easy recipes with great photos which will enable anyone to become a wonderful cook. While her process for making a turkey is not in this book I would recommend it and all it takes is finding the Google button. Using her technique for the first time this past Thanksgiving the turkey I made was by far the most delicious one I...
  • Creolecat
    Like most folks, I was introduced to Ms. Garten via her Barefoot Contessa teevee show on the Food Network. As I was collecting (and still do) French influenced cookbooks, I purchased Barefoot in Paris (along with the companion travel journey), and fell further in love with her. Ms. Garten's latest offers a collection of savory recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with the cocktail hour and sections on soups, vegetables and desserts. Each...
  • Terri
    made the garlic bread this weekend and it was wonderful!! minor changes i would suggest: use 1/4 cup of olive oil instead of 1/2 cup, feel free to skip on the fresh oregano if not keen (you get enough flavour from parsley and garlic) and can prepare using a blender instead of food processor if you're like me and struggle with turing on your food processor (note: i also had to add a little olive oil in the blender for liquid)i have a recipe for ch...
  • Lori
    I love this cookbook! Barefoot Back to Basics has the same great narration by Ina Garten and wonderful recipes that you will easily make over again for family and company. Back to basics is simply Ina's way of taking "ordinary ingredients and cooking them or pairing them in a way that unlocks their true flavors." A hint of lemon zest, a dash of cinnamon, a hint of basil etc.. Great appetizers include; roasted shrimp cocktail, parmesan and thyme c...
  • Lindsey
    I do appreciate the simplicity of the Barefoot Contessa books. This book seems designed to create company-worthy food with a minimum of fuss and muss, and provides great entertaining tips, from cocktails to appetizers to the table setting and flower arranging. Unlike some books which promise simple recipes and don't deliver, everything offered here is really feasible for just about anyone: you can spend the day cleaning your house and still pull ...
  • Lucyzoe
    Tonight I was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa on FoodTv and I realized how much I enjoy learning from Ina Garten. She's a no-nonsense cook and a great teacher. The episode included a recipe for chicken bouillabaisse with a rouille - a garlicky mayonnaise. I remembered I hadn't reviewed a few of her cookbooks and quickly scanned the index with the hope of finding the recipe for the bouillabaisse(pg.111). It's a great recipe with layers of...
  • Jane
    Lots of wonderful wonderful recipes, ones that I've forgotten about. Serves as a great reminder.Ina's included some of my favorite dishes:Sweet potato fries -- I tried this both roasted and fried. Roasted is better. Wild mushroom risotto -- I think of risotto as a side dish, but Ina places it as a main dinner dish which also works. Yummy! Coq au vin -- I will always think of this as the purple chicken dish. Looks odd at first, but I promise it's ...
  • Kate
    Quick, easy recipes that are easy to add to your "rotation". The title is perfect, because many of these recipes really are basic - roasted carrots & parsnips, pasta with just truffle butter, garlic bread with herbs... most require few ingredients & basic techniques. If you have access to great produce/meat/etc. and want them to shine in a dish, this is good book for you. The photography is beautiful and the layout is simple and pretty. Since the...
  • Melinda
    I enjoyed this book because it contains so many of the recipes I'd printed out from watching her show plus so many more! I love Ina's recipes because she uses "regular" ingredients you already have in your kitchen to produce fantastic results. Also, love all the great baking, cooking, table setting tips throughout the book. Her style of cooking is a direct line to my palette so I have made many, many of her recipes like the Baked Shrimp Scampi, h...
  • Gerry
    there are definitely some winners here. i've made her coq au vin and loved it. parker's beef stew is, by far, the best beef stew that i have ever eaten in life (only to come into rivalry with jamie oliver's guinness stew). and there are certainly some things that i would like to try. my problem with this one is that so many of the recipes are standard, with just the use of better ingredients, which has kind of been ina's mantra all along anyhow. ...
  • Rebecca
    I've made three recipes from this book in the last week and have found them all OUTSTANDING: Tuscan Lemon Chicken, Pasta with Pecorino & Pepper, and Orange-Pecan Wild Rice. I like Garten's non-nonsense approach to cooking, relying on fresh, basic ingredients. She has several wonderful lists in her book, including "Top 10 Things NOT to serve at a Dinner Party" and "10 no-cook things to serve for Dessert." Her recipes are well-written, and include ...
  • Redbaies
    So once again my darling brother gave me this book.But I know how to cook! Ah you may think so too, but this book is not the basic how to boil an egg as others have published...but a plethora of recipes many I did not know, but all of which or superbe...a must for all cooks! I began to read and what a pleasure, her heart gones into these books and I always enjoy trying out a new recipe...Even if you are a beginner cook - I would suggest her books...
  • Kathryn Bashaar
    I heard this was a really good cookbook, but it is expensive so I thought I would borrow it from the library first. Oh my! On almost every page Al and I were saying, "Oh, we have to try that," and "Oh, we have to try that, too," so I just ordered it. She offers nice tips, too, on planning menus, setting a nice table, arranging flowers, etc. And I like her philosophy of cooking with a few good ingredients, preferably seasonal (although not every r...
  • Lisa
    I made the grilled lemon chicken recipe and it was fantastic. There is also a grilled pork recipe I am definitely going to try. I also drooled over the fantastic photographs that made me want to cook all of it.That said ... this is a cookbook for special occasion cooking. It has simple, delicious sounding recipes that are mostly easy to make. The problem is that much of their deliciousness includes casually adding two sticks of butter and a conta...
  • Susan
    I think I have over 200 cookbooks now and this one is in my top ten. You need to try the Parker's Beef Stew recipe and the Shrimp Scampi recipes for sure. Marinating the beef in red wine 24 hours prior to cooking is just one of the wonderful layers of flavor in the Beef Stew. The shrimp scampi is just so darn easy to make, it is great for company served with a homemade fettucini alfredo on the side. Not the most calorie friendly meal but worth ev...
  • Vanessa
    I like Ina Garten's cookbooks, but I don't usually end up actually making many of the recipes. They are simple, with few ingredients and instructions that are clear and easy to follow, yet for some reason I can't usually picture myself adding them to my recipe "rotation." Maybe they are just too sophisticated for me; I don't know. Still, I would recommend her cookbooks. I'd describe her cooking style as fresh, simple, sophisticated, European, and...
  • Judi
    This is an excellent cookbook. If you like basic dishes, that have been enhanced through different ways of cooking (baking instead of frying, etc) and lots of herbs and spices - then this is the book for you. I'm loving cooking my way through it and have made several wonderful dishes already. I guess I'm done "reading" it and working on "making lots of the dishes". As Julia says ... "Bon Apetite' "