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Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home (Barefoot Contessa)by Ina Garten
I love all of Ina Garten's cookbooks but this one changed my holiday life this year. Hollandaise over asparagus is a family Thanksgiving must and for years I've made it just like my mother did — copper bottomed pan, wooden spoon, and what seemed like hours stirring, stirring, stirring, very cold butter into the pan to get just the right consistency of buttery lemony goodness. Ina Garten's recipe for hollandaise takes minutes, throws my whole sense of how to make a good hollandaise on its head, and is divine (as are all the other recipes of hers I've ever tried)! Plus, there's something about her style that makes you wish she were one of your best friends — truly the sign of a great cookbook writer.
Garten's fans love her delicious recipes and unpretentious style. Here she presents more joy for her followers, and a genuine treat for any newcomer.
Synopses & Reviews
Hearty boeuf Bourguignon served in deep bowls over a garlic-rubbed slice of baguette toast; decadently rich croque monsieur, eggy and oozing with cheese; gossamer crème brulee, its sweetness offset by a brittle burnt-sugar topping. Whether shared in a cozy French bistro or in your own home, the romance and enduring appeal of French country cooking is irrefutable. Here is the book that helps you bring that spirit, those evocative dishes, into your own home.
What Ina Garten is known for — on her Food Network show and in her three previous bestselling books — is adding a special twist to familiar dishes, while also streamlining the recipes so you spend less time in the kitchen but still emerge with perfection. And that's exactly what she offers in Barefoot in Paris. Ina's kir royale includes the unique addition of raspberry liqueur — a refreshing alternative to the traditional crème de cassis. Her vichyssoise is brightened with the addition of zucchini, and her chocolate mousse is deeply flavored with the essence of orange. All of these dishes are true to their Parisian roots, but all offer something special — and are thoroughly delicious, completely accessible, and the perfect fare for friends and family.
Barefoot in Paris is suffused with Ina's love of the city, of the bustling outdoor markets and alluring little shops, of the bakeries and fromageries and charcuteries — of the wonderful celebration of food that you find on every street corner, in every neighborhood. So take a trip to Paris with the perfect guide — the Barefoot Contessa herself — in her most personal book yet.
"It would be easy to resent Garten: the successful Hamptons specialty food store, three previous cookbooks — one a New York Times bestseller — her own series on the Food Network and an apartment on the Left Bank all invite envy. But Garten is much too pleasant and friendly in this book for anyone to wish her ill. While she doesn't break any ground — with simple recipes like Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, and Loin of Pork with Green Peppercorns — she also doesn't step on any toes or have any pretension, and writes personally in a way that feels genuine. Garten even includes a photograph of herself, circa age three, in the frilly dress her grandparents brought her from Paris that inspired a lifelong love affair with the city. Part of Garten's charm lies in her self-deprecating sense of humor. 'I was a little afraid to attempt a souffl (think Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina),' she relates in the introduction to Blue Cheese Souffl. 'I really love beautiful flower arrangements, but I usually make a mess of them on the first try,' she admits in a brief note on flowers. Her relaxed attitude toward entertaining also comes through in dishes like Ice Cream Bombe, where she reassures readers that Hagen-Dazs mango sorbet will do fine. Even the innovation is low-key: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad features an unusual pair, but is dressed with a very basic vinaigrette; and Zucchini Vichyssoise is no more complicated than the traditional potato-only version. (On sale Nov. 9) Forecast: Garten has a big following, and with its inviting tone and fresh fare, this book may cause it to grow further. A 250,000-copy first printing indicates Clarkson Potter's faith in a reliable author." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Garten's engaging style and the book's attractive design, with striking color photographs throughout, should make this just as popular as the earlier Barefoot titles." Library Journal
"Why bother buying this? Because each recipe is completely persuasive — this is food you know you'll enjoy cooking and eating, brought to its simplest essence. Garten is popular because she knows what home cooks will stand still for and because she makes everything attractive." New York Times
Ina Garten, renowned for creating simple, sophisticated dishes, brings her special touch to the foods of France, from hearty main courses evocative of cozy bistros to delicate and delicious desserts that turn any meal into a special occasion. Made with the fresh, quality ingredients that are the hallmark of Ina's cooking, the recipes offer new twists on old favorites such as Steak au Poivre and Creme Brulee, along with a variety of dishes — including Zucchini Vichyssoise and Chicken with Morels — inspired by French culinary traditions but transformed by Garten's imagination and her sure touch in the kitchen. Barefoot in Paris is for anyone who wants to enjoy great-tasting meals without the tedious, fussy preparation often associated with French cooking. With beautiful full-color photographs, an introduction to French kitchen tools, and sources for specialty ingredients, it extends Garten's distinctive style into exciting new territory.
Ina Garten, TV's "Barefoot Contessa," who's renowned for creating simple, sophisticated dishes, brings her special touch to the foods of France, in this collection of recipes for hearty main courses, delicate and delicious desserts, spectacular vegetable dishes, and more. 140 color photos.
About the Author
Ina Garten is the author of three previous bestselling cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller, Barefoot Contessa Family Style. Her highly rated cooking series, Barefoot Contessa, airs on Food Network. She and her husband, Jeffrey, live in East Hampton, NY.
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