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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (Oct. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307464873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464873
  • ASIN: 0307464873
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 4 2012
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OK, I have to admit, I found out the hard way these recipes aren't truly foolproof. But they are pretty close. In her friendly, warm style, Ina outlines a series of cocktails & appetizers, starters, main courses, and desserts. Her main goal is to present recipes that are easy to follow, well-explained, require only a modest amount of work and kitchen gear (no 4 pans, 2 sauce pots, and 3 different oven courses), and can often be partly or entirely made in advance. Ina also offers some very basic tips about scheduling a party (mainly give yourself enough time and include a starter so the night doesn't end too early) and about decorating (twelve presentation/table ideas). But its the recipes that shine through.

The candied bacon with pecans is a natural winner as an appetizer. So are the cheese batons (using puff pasty dough-this is the one I let burn the first time, my bad for losing track of time), corn chips (corn tortillas roasted with special seasoning), and almonds (with olive oil, salt, and time). There's also a cocktail recipe or two, but I'm not into cocktails (beer, wine, and scotch for me), so I can't judge those. The starters are a range of soups and salads that are simple enough to make yet complex enough to impress guests. The main courses run along the same lines. What stands out here are the amazing sauces. The basil mayo to go with the beef tenderloin (that she recommends be slow-cooked instead of the usual high-heat sear) is awesome. Ina is right in that a great sauce can make a dish, and she provides lots of sauces (her hollandaise is both simple and delicious). She also offers some interesting side dishes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jojo on Nov. 14 2012
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I just received the book today and have tabbed almost every page for recipes I can't wait to try. I actually bought this as a Christmas present for my sister but have decided to keep it for myself. Tonight I made the Winter Minestrone soup and it was fabulous. I have never had a recipe by Ina not turn out great.
As always she has a great combination of foods for everyday meals and those that are company worthy. They are beautifully photographed and the instructions are easy to follow. I love the section of menus, because I for one usually have some difficulty in choose which foods compliment which.
Highly recommend this book.
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very good cooking book and easy recipes to made, i love it and very good food to eat and more
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By Cheryl Frehlich on March 7 2014
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Every Christmas my husband buys me a barefoot Contessa cook book I have 4 now . She has great recipes and easy to follow I haven't had one flop and the tastes are divine. Highly recommend her cook books.
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Bought this for my husband as a friend of ours has it and has raved about the recipe. So far the ones we've tried have been very tasty!
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I have all of her cookbooks and use them all the time. Her recipes are consistently amazing and instructions are clear
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This book was a present and the feedback I received was really positive, the recipes are great. / J'ai donné ce livre en cadeau, les recettes sont excellentes et originales.
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By Suzanne Parisien on Sept. 17 2013
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I like all of her books but this one not at all. Expected more ordinary stuff. Disappointed about all of it.
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