Title: Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?
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What can you say about
Ina Garten that hasn't already been said? The woman is
an institution; the stateswoman of food in many of our hearts and
minds. How many cookbooks does our beloved
Barefoot Contessa have to her name? Seven, including
this her latest, Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is
That? The title will make anyone familiar with her
Food Network shows laugh a quiet chuckle as she's
well-known to pepper her speech with the phrase (almost as much as
she likes to instruct us to use the "good vanilla"). And really,
who could imagine Ina putting out a cookbook that wasn't easy, or
at the least, one that made it all appear so?
Not a trained chef by trade, Ina is still a highly experienced
at-home cook deeply rooted in the classic French tradition (I have
Barefoot in Paris at home and have made
recipes from it in the past-I adore it). Her philosophy will always
be easy recipes paired with simple techniques. Two years ago she
came out with Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
(2008) and before that, Barefoot Contessa
at Home (2006). A more cynical reviewer would say,
her books are all the same, but I beg to differ with this
viewpoint. You don't buy her books to see how she's reinvented
herself because she never will. Instead, think of it as buying
another installment of a series; the latest addition to a grandiose
"Anthology de Ina" you're building one tome at a time (Encyclopedia
Britannica should get on this gravy train!).
This book is all about saving you time and avoiding stress and
is broken down into Cocktails, Starters, Lunch, Dinner, Vegetables
and Desserts. Recipes I instantly added to my "make later" file
included the Rum Raisin Tiramisu, the Easy
Provencal Lamb and the Easy Cranberry and Apple
Cake. The Roasted Pear and Apple Sauce
really caught my eye for its versatility (Ina suggests serving it
with savoury chicken or turkey for dinner, or warmed up and
topped with ice cream for dessert-that's the kind of recipe I like
to have in my arsenal).
Every recipe includes an image, but I find the photography in her
previous book, Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics,
just a little more enticing.
You may like it if…
- You're an Ina Garten fan of course!
- You are a beginner cook or you're looking for simple recipe
- You don't want to wear your reading glasses to cook (the font
size is bigger than a lot of the cookbooks coming across my desk
You may not like it if…
- You're more of an experimental cook
- You prefer more advanced recipes
GIVEAWAY: I have a copy of Barefoot
Contessa: How Easy is That? to giveaway. To be the lucky
recipient, email blogATfoodnetworkDOTca the correct answer to the
following question: Which recipe Barefoot Contessa cookbook do I
have at home? Please see
contest rules. This contest is now closed.
Congrats Kathy C.
Posted: Tue, Nov 16 2010
Howdy foodie friends!
Nadine Sharon Anglin here, Foodnetwork.ca Content Producer. I can't wait to finally meet all of you in our new digital home.
I'm familiar with a some of you from our blogs and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Foodbuzz, but am looking forward to meeting many more! Hope to continue with all the great conversations and sharing of photos, videos and more :-D