Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun

Barefoot Contessa Parties Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun After than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa the acclaimed specialty food store Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation

  • Title: Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun
  • Author: Ina Garten James Merrell
  • ISBN: 9780609606445
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it s the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and most imAfter than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it s the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and most important of all recipes that really work.Now, with Barefoot Contessa Parties Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver The keyword here is fun Ina s parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host Forget those boring Saturday night dinners that just won t end With Ina s advice, you re certain to have all your friends saying, Wasn t that fun Ina has packed Barefoot Contessa Parties with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, stories about her own parties, and tips on assembling food rather than cooking everything and organizing like a caterer In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas Come summer, it s into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pita sandwiches that guests assemble themselves In the autumn, when it s not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with popovers and a creamy spinach gratin And on a snowy winter s day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup.Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food She s reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake the ultimate breakfast treat Salads The red lettuce, balsamic onions, and blue cheese Chinese chicken salad and panzanella may be the best you ve ever tasted Filet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh so good gorgonzola sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party And fans of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book.With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.

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    1. What can I say? I love everything Ina makes and so does my family. Lots of great ideas for parties where everyone gets delicious food but Ina also gives hints on how to be more than just a hostess but actually someone who can enjoy her guests.

    2. Dare I say this is one of my favorite cookbooks ever published. I have make numerous recipes from this book and they always exceed my expectations. They're always a cut above the rest in terms of taste and presentation- they sometimes require a little extra effort to gather just the right ingredients, but it is always worthwhile. Definitely a must-have book if you like to entertain.

    3. Every time I make something from this book for a party, it's a huge success. Recipes are really easy to follow (sometimes a little time consuming). A great addition to any kitchen.

    4. Most of these recipes are very basic and not unique or new this cookbook wasn't very useful to me. The Rugelach recipe is amazing but Ina credits this recipe to baker Larry Hayden. I will give Ina the benefit of the doubt and check out some of her other cook books.

    5. Ina as always gives great hints and recipes to stop making having a party feel as though you have gone through the mill! I really want to enjoy not endure parties.

    6. I checked out this book based on a recommendation. The book has some great ideas but it doesn't match my lifestyle. I was hoping for short cuts, and easier fare.

    7. Oh my, I open to the Contents and what do I see? I see three margaritas staring at me!The book is easy to read, the recipes for the most part are simple to prepare, the ingredients are easy to find, the photographs are large and appetizing in appearance. Each menu title page give the number of people to be fed as well as dishes that will be served. I was unimpressed w/ her Fireside Dinner for two, there were two dishes. For something so "cozy" I'd not have chosen Vegetable pot pie & double c [...]

    8. I finally have this cookbook to make a complete set of Ina's cookbooks. When I first discovered the BC's show on Food Network, I thought she was so booooooooring. But, as time went on, I realized that the majority of her recipes aren't that difficult to make. So, I started making them. Often. They always turned out great! Okay, so she's from "The Hamptons" and La-Tee-Da. I still like her. Granted, some of her recipes have expensive ingredients. But, not all of them. I try to use "good" ingredien [...]

    9. I love how she loves to enjoy cooking and actually eating with people. She cooks with her hands. It's a big mess -- measuring with handfuls and pinches rather than measuring cups She has a TV show, but her brand is very much PRE-TV. I love her cookbooks. She's NOT a food writer. She's great a setting out how to throw a party or take a fattening cake over to your best friend to each together. She does not care about calories or butter. An antidote to current culture and it's baffling science of w [...]

    10. Okay, the only thing I've made out of this book is the Lemon Cake, but it was fabulous. You might assign someone to zest and juice lemons while you work on the rest of the batter. Using Meyer lemons made the cake 5 times better than those other lemons did. The lemon syrup didn't soak in all the way, I might have decided I would rather eat the cake than give it enough time to soak though. The cake froze and then defrosted in the fridge for the day I was going to use it, and was just fine. You mus [...]

    11. Here's the deal with the barefoot contessa. her recipes are very hit or miss. I do love her regardless though. I love her show, attitude and passion for food. Her other books are better than this, but this was the first one I owned and the one made me fall in love with her. Best recipes: carrot cake cupcakes, lemon cake, popovers, pasta pesto & peas, filet w/gorgonzola and few others look great but I haven't tried.

    12. "Real Simple" magazine asked readers for books they return to when they need an uplifting read. Surprsingly, one reader included this book. I checked it out from our library and really enjoyed it. Lots of delicious recipes of course. Nice background and personal experiences shared. If you like Ina Garten - you'll really enjoy this book. I might get myself a copy as well!

    13. "The most important thing about giving parties is to stay very, very cool.""It doesn't matter whether you offer meat loaf or filet of beef at your parties; what matters is that it's the best you can make it and that you serve it with style.""A good party is not about the food, it's about the people."

    14. For me cooking for people is a really great way to love them. This book is definitely a go-to book for cooking for others because Ina Garten gives great ideas for entertaining and helpful tips for doing it well. And it's one of those cookbooks that every time I try a dish from it, I love it.

    15. Plan to make the Rack of Lamb for your next mini holiday--it has amazing stage presence when dressed up with sprigs of rosemary. It looks fabulous as a star of the show on any buffet. Your guests will never forget it

    16. Maybe this is my most-used Contessa. Favorites: Roast Loin of Pork with Fennel, Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Lemon Bars, Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwiches, Apple Crostata, Orzo with Raosted Veggies, Filet of Beef Sandwiches, Tabbouleh.

    17. This cookbook wasn't as useful to me as the others, but I love a few of the recipes, esp. the orzo with roasted vegetables and the spinach gratin, which I make all the time. Has anyone made the plum tart?

    18. And I don't even really throw parties, but this cookbook has really got it going on. My favorite recipe in here so far is for butternut squash and apple soup with curry powder - heats you up when the temperature goes down

    19. Killer rugelach recipe that Eli makes every year. Awesome butternut squash and apple soup, perfect for the fall weather. Great party ideas, but if I had to save one cookbook from a burning kitchen, this would not be it.

    20. Did you know Ina Garten worked in the Office of Management and Budget during the Nixon era - writing the budget for nuclear energy?! The recipes so far look very intriguing tooI think this is going on my Christmas wishlist.

    21. I made a couple dishes from this with rave reviews. It is nice to tuck away new entertaining ideas from someone other than Martha Stewart, too. Ina's recipes are not necessarily low-fat, but they are yummy and do-able.

    22. I just love Ina's simple approach to hospitality. Use the best ingredients and keep it simple. She is very classy!

    23. How to make excellent hors d' oeuvres and arrangements for parties. Where I've found her other books more practical, there are some cute and compelling ideas in this one.

    24. Ina Garten, you are amazing.This is where I got the chocolate ganache cake recipe, if anybody's keeping track.

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