Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun Hardcover – Mar 27 2001
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"A good party is not about the food," says Ina Garten, "it's about the people." That may be true, but her Barefoot Contessa Parties! will ensure that your next party is a fabulous one, regardless of your guest list. Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and a monthly column in Martha Stewart Living, has been catering since 1978. So who better to put together a collection of entertaining theme parties? She's included everything from drinks and hors d'oeuvres to dessert and coffee, as well as notes about what "surprises," atmospheres, venues, and table decorations lend themselves to each. Because she likes to attend her own parties (and who doesn't?), almost every recipe is make-ahead and remarkably uncomplicated.
From casual get-togethers, such as the Pizza Party--which includes recipes for Caesar Salad with Pancetta, California Pizzas that your guests can assemble themselves, and Ice-Cream Sodas--to the elegant Academy Awards dinner--where your guests will enjoy Raspberry Vodka, Rori's Potato Chips with Caviar Dip, Smoked Salmon with Mesclun, Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, and Chocolate Ganache Cake--Garten's parties are well thought out and well organized. Divided by season, you'll look forward to Summer's Outdoor Grill, which starts with Real Margaritas, followed by Endive and Avocado Salad, Grilled Herb Shrimp with Mango Salsa, Spaghettoni al Pesto, Tomato Fennel Salad, and Peach Raspberry Shortcakes for dessert. Autumn brings beautiful menus like the one where you cook with your guests and end up with a feast of Potato Pancakes with Caviar, Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, Rack of Lamb, Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, and Apple Crostata. Winter's menus bring soul-warming food, such as Seafood Chowder, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and a recipe for possibly the world's best Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Spring offers menus such as the Sunday Breakfast, with a main course of Roasted Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs, and the Jewish Holiday Party, with Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls.
Filled with funny party anecdotes, a bit of Ina Garten history, and clever hints and tips to help guarantee the success of these recipes, this collection, subtitled "Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun," delivers on every count. --Leora Y. Bloom
From Publishers Weekly
Building on the success of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Garten presents 16 simple menus, yielding readers four fun and distinctive parties per season. True to her theory that the easiest parties are usually the best, Garten offers sound advice (e.g., prepare dishes in advance when possible so you can be a guest at your own party, and use strategy when building a guest list) and fare within the reach of any cook. Moreover, by suggesting many dishes that can be served at room temperature, she helps hosts minimize any last-minute frenzies. Brisket with Carrots and Onions requires very little supervision, and Chocolate Ganache Cake can be baked a week ahead and glazed the day it's served. Garten pumps up the flavor with such recipes as Potato Pancakes with Caviar and an irresistible vinaigrette-tossed salad topped by sliced onions baked with balsamic vinegar and then by crumbled Maytag blue cheese. Potables are as innocent as Tropical Smoothies and as potent as Raspberry Vodka and Real Margaritas. (Apr.)Forecast: Having already catapulted herself from her eponymous gourmet shop in East Hampton, N.Y., to the national stage, Garten is sure to secure the success of her second book with the added exposure of her own cooking show on the Food Network, regular appearances on Martha Stewart Living and her high-profile Web site (www.barefootcontessa.com).
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Garten's first book was simply recipes from her catering business. They were probably the best she had. This book adds value to a simple collection of recipes by organizing courses into party menus designed for sixteen different family and close friend occasions. The third book seems to be composed of leftovers.
The choice of events to celebrate is a bit quirky in that traditional occasions such as Christmas, Graduation, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Mardi Gras / Carnavale, and St. Patrick's Day are not included. Rather, ten out of the sixteen are 'moveable feasts' in that the menu is appropriate to just about any occasion. Some are limited by season such as 'Outdoor Grill' and 'Canoe Trip', but many are generic indoor excuses to have a good time, such as 'Sunday Breakfast', 'Pizza Party', and 'Fireside Dinner'.
Unlike Stewart's book, there is really not much serious advice on how to organize for parties. Much of it is common sense plus clever ideas for special events, such as the idea to pack picnic portions in Chinese takeout cartons.
Garten has the advantage of claiming with full justification that her recipes are all specifically developed and test to work in a small party environment, as she has been in the catering business doing just this thing for many years.Read more ›
Also, on a side note many people from her second book say they have trouble cooking at 500 degrees. We cleaned our oven and wiped it down before making the Penne with Five Cheeses from her third book(which we thought was delicious) no smoke at all. You just have to listen to her when she says to make sure your oven is really clean before cooking at 500 degrees. There shouldn't be a problem.
Her book is well illustrated with pictures of the recipes that are in this book. What I really enjoy is that the recipes are quality recipes that turn out very well. Some of my favorites that I have tried from this book are the apple crostata, which is a rustic apple pie that tastes devine. California pizzas, so much better than take out with fresh mozzarella, basil, and fresh tomatoes. Her chocolate chunk cookies will have everyone asking you for more.
I can't say enough nice things about this book, but I like what lies behind this book. Good food doesn't make the party, its the good company. You should spend your time and efforts with those that you love, and not be so exhausting when you entertain you can't enjoy yourself either. All of her recipes really fit this theory as they are pretty easy to put together, but taste like they came from a fancy restaruant.
Most recent customer reviews
I have purchased every on of her books and many of her recipes have become our family favourites.Published 20 months ago by Michelle
I absolutely love all of Ina's books. I own many already, and plan to own them all someday. Her recipes are incredible, and usually they are quite easy to follow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by FundyGrl
This book is ok but really less than i was expecting, i much prefer 50$ dinner parties which i also ordered.Published on July 30 2011 by C. Peterson
This volume is typical Ina: easy, delicious, wonderful, and guaranteed success. Although this book is not for catering to large crowds, the recipes can be easily multiplied. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2006 by Brendan Tait
This cookbook is great to have in the kitchen. I've cooked several of the recipes and they've always turned out successfully! Read morePublished on March 23 2005 by angie
This cookbook is great to have in your collection. I've cooked from numerous recipes and they've always turned out successfully! Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2005
This book has gorgeous photos and is fun, but it's not really designed for a regular person's life. Garten's idea of parties, which she writes in the introduction, are mostly small... Read morePublished on June 3 2004
All of Ina Garten's books are great. Recipes are easy to follow, ingredients readily available, and dishes always get rave reviews. I use her recipes on an almost daily basis. Read morePublished on April 12 2004
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