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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust [Hardcover]

Ina Garten
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Oct. 30 2012
Millions of people love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn’t be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that “wow!” factor we all crave.

Start with delicious Dukes Cosmopolitans made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers that everyone will devour. Lunches include Hot Smoked Salmon, Lobster & Potato Salad, and Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, all featuring old-fashioned flavors with the volume turned up. Elegant Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise and show-stopping Seared Scallops & Potato Celery Root Purée are just two of the many fabulous dinner recipes. And your guests will always remember the desserts, from Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze to Salted Caramel Brownies.

For Ina, “foolproof” means more than just making one dish successfully; it’s also about planning a menu, including coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina shows you how to make a game plan so everything is served hot while you keep your cool. There are notes throughout detailing where a recipe can go wrong to keep you on track, plus tips for making recipes in advance. It’s as though Ina is there in the kitchen with you guiding you every step of the way.

With 150 gorgeous color photographs and Ina’s invaluable tips, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof is a stunning yet infinitely practical cookbook that home cooks will turn to again and again.

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A master caterer, TV celebrity, and prolific cookbook author, Garten will delight her legion of fans with this appetizing and welcoming cookbook. Garten focuses on foolproof cooking: recipes that work, are satisfying to eat, and can be made ahead of time… Once again Garten’s culinary wizardry will inspire, delight, and empower readers to entertain in true Barefoot Contessa style.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

INA GARTEN is the host of the Emmy Award-winning Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her eighth cookbook. Visit Ina at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, almost foolproof recipes Nov. 4 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read Nov. 14 2012
By Jojo
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars very good cooking book June 22 2014
very good cooking book and easy recipes to made, i love it and very good food to eat and more
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5.0 out of 5 stars love your food 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook - look forward to feasting Feb. 3 2014
By Mrs. W
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars barefoot contessa Jan. 19 2014
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Foolproof Recipes
Great book, beautifully done. Recipes are easy to follow and very good. Lots of recommendations and explanations. I would recommend this book.
Published 4 months ago by Shannon Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot
If the Barefoot part doesn't get your attention, Contessa will for sure ! The book is lovely, Ina Garten seems like someone you would like to know and have her cook for you :-)
Published 11 months ago by Nerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit!
I have prepared about 6 recipes from this book,so far, to serve at dinner parties I have hosted this summer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust
I have all Ina's cook books.
I love her books mainly because I have most of the ingredients already in my pantry. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jim Alty
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book with Recycled Recipes
I love Ina and I have all of her cookbooks. There were some great tips, beautiful photos and great food writing in the cookbook. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Leslie B Van de Laar
5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot contessa foolproof
Great pictures, lots of cooking and entertaining tips and well planned.
Recipes range from well known to very new, but all well thought out.
Published 18 months ago by Barbara Nugent
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmmhhhhhhhhh
Gave this as a gift to my wife. It was one she had asked for! I had never heard of book or author. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kris
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