A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Numerous Thomas Ford library staff are fans of the Barefoot Contessa.
Food Network star Ina Garten has written eight Barefoot Contessa cookbooks so far, covering what to serve at parties, at big family meals, when you want something French, and when you want a foolproof recipe. Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That? falls in the last category. Garten says the dishes take under two hours and are great for serving to guests. She includes dishes for both lunch and dinner and recipes for lots of desserts.
Is this cookbook easy to use?
Yes, most recipes have under ten ingredients, of which half are common seasonings. The recipes are arranged in useful sections and all easily found through the index. The print is large and a photo of the resulting dish accompanies every recipe.
What is special about this cookbook?
I find the previously mentioned photos particularly helpful, letting me know what I am aiming to make. The selection of dishes is outstanding. I would like to try just about everything.
What recipes from this cookbook do I intend to make?
We are going to have fresh plum tomatoes later in the summer if I can keep the garden watered. Garten’s scalloped tomatoes recipe on page 170 looks like a good use for some of them. The wild rice salad on page 111 would be a nice dish to find ready after work or an afternoon at the pool. The Greek lamb with yogurt mint sauce on page 131 would be a great dish to serve to friends.
Review by Rick