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The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Kindle Edition
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"Like Ina Garten herself, this stunning, lively new book is about style, simplicity, comfort, and good times among family and friends. Her natural approach to food is frank and forward, and you are sure to treasure each tip, each recipe" (Patricia Wells, author of At Home with Patricia Wells: Cooking in Provence)
"No store more fully embodies the easy, stylish elegance of the Hamptons than Barefoot Contessa. And no one understands what successful entertaining is all about better than Ina Garten. Born of retailing, her wonderful, accessible recipes have been tested on you and me for a very long time and they really work. Bravo!" (Eli Zabar, owner of EAT, The Vinegar Factory)
"Beloved all over the planet (not only for her food), Ina Garten has become the inspiration in the kitchen for so many of us. Her ease, warmth and grace make her shows as delectable to watch as her food is to eat." (Gwyneth Paltrow) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B00BVJG2GK
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (2 April 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 44384 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 518,968 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Most of the recipes are just too simple, and could be found anywhere else and even are ones which one would already have in one’s own cooking repertoire. For example a chicken is simply cooked with lemon juice , olive oil and thyme. And do we really need to know that for “roasted carrots” we just have to add a touch of garlic and dill. An orange yoghurt needs – well some orange zest in it Tomato soup: not much of a surprise there either – cherry tomatoes plus tinned ones, with a couple of herbs added. A recipe for a potato salad can be found in any cookbook. Parmesan croutons: one doesn’t need a whole page to tell us that you need, bread, olive oil, salt and parmesan cheese! There are two whole pages on a fruit platter, one of them with an illustration and the other with the “recipe”. A fruit platter tells its own story – you just need to choose a variety of fruit, and one doesn’t need any guidance to do that. There is a beautiful photo illustrating this, which would have contributed to the book being the price it is, illustrations appearing on virtually every page of the book.
These are just a few examples among many, and one is left asking oneself "so what’s new?”. Her TV series showed much more exciting dishes which were also rather more complicated – a soufflé being one of them, which I had hoped to find in this book, along with a few others which I found innovative and unusual.
All these recipes then are ones which the eponymous food store would have provided and thus by the very nature of it being a “food store” meant the recipes had to be relatively easy to produce with a need for the either being cooked very rapidly for a customer, or pre-prepared. No one is going to find any of these recipes particularly new and it is certainly over-priced for telling us a lot of things with which we are already familiar. Having said that, for a first-time cook the book could, nevertheless, be useful.
I have not entirely given up on Ira Gartner, and might even order her “Cooking for Jeffrey” cookbook. I should imagine that this book would provide recipes for just two to four people, instead of the large numbers (i.e. 8-10) that most of the recipes cater for in this volume, but above all, hopefully will contain recipes from her TV series, which, to use her favourite word, sound really "deelicius".