Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford – Week 27

Numerous Thomas Ford library staff are fans of the Barefoot Contessa.

Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten (641.5 GAR)

What kind of cookbook is Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?

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

One comment on “50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford – Week 27

  1. cht7
    July 9, 2012

    Thanks for the review! I’ve seen this book but have never tried any recipes. May take it out from the library now.

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This entry was posted on July 8, 2012 by in 50 Great Cookbooks, Book Review, Cooking, Non-Fiction.
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