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Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun by Ina Garten

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  • Eat Your Books

    2002 James Beard Award Nominee

  • nomadchowwoman on January 17, 2010

    Good, solid recipes, many of which will be familiar.

  • Nancy Levy on December 31, 2009

    Pasta, Pesto and Peas- summer room temperature good.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Caesar salad with pancetta

    • DianeKirkland on February 15, 2011

      This is the best Caesar salad dressing I've ever had. Don't by afraid to use all the anchovies called for; they're well balanced by the lemon juice. And don't tell anyone how many are in it (ever). It lasts a week in the fridge.

  • Garlic roasted potatoes

    • Melanie on September 13, 2014

      I usually parboil potatoes before roasting but this recipe skips this step and relies on the use of smaller potatoes, plenty of oil and a high oven temperature to get a great crunchy result. I loved the flavour of the garlic in this dish.

  • Panzanella

    • jzanger on September 27, 2010

      This is my go-to recipe

    • czechmate on January 11, 2013

      Me too!

  • Lemon cake

    • Kfaber on January 26, 2014

      Really moist cake with amazing lemony flavor

  • Strawberry country cake

    • jzanger on December 10, 2011

      This is fantastic, especially if you make a strawberry sauce to drizzle over top. Note that it makes enough cake for two full cakes. EDIT: with that second cake, I crumbled it into chunks and made an amazing Blueberry Trifle from joyofbaking.com. The citrus flavored cake worked perfectly with the blueberry sauce and the richness of the mascarpone/whipped cream filling.

  • Spinach gratin

    • czechmate on December 03, 2012

      Favorite, always part of Thanksgiving Dinner. Use a 9x12. Start thawing the 5 boxes of spinach 2 days early in refrigerator in a colander. Leftover idea: warm and use under poached eggs for breakfast

  • Smashed sweet potatoes with apples

    • RobynJ on July 11, 2014

      Added left over kent pumpkin from pumpkin and apple soup Lovely taste can taste the nutmeg and cinnamon

  • Plum tart

    • jzanger on September 27, 2010

      easy, easy easy and SO wonderful.

  • Shortbread cookies with dragees

    • Kfaber on December 25, 2013

      Good classic cookie. Dough was a bit crumbly, but dividing it into small batches made it easier to work with.

  • Chicken chili

    • Sharonsez on December 23, 2012

      With some tweaks, this has become my go-to chili recipe. I cut way back on the peppers & chicken and adjusted the spices.

    • Cvryan on June 08, 2014

      I made this as recipe stated and bit underwhelmed by flavour. On other review sites reviewers have doubled spices to get it right. Will do this next time.

  • Chocolate chunk cookies

    • Marguerite on May 19, 2011

      A great recipe to freeze. Use a small ice cream scoop to make the cookies and freeze them in a container. When ready for a few, simply place on a tray frozen and bake as directed.

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  • ISBN 10 0609606441
  • ISBN 13 9780609606445
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  • Published Aug 09 2001
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House USA Inc
  • Imprint Random House USA Inc

Publishers Text

In this stunning book, Ina celebrates a relaxed and innovative style of entertaining that is as much of a joy for the host and hostess as it is for the guests.


Arranged by season, Ina's 16 parties are more about assembling food than about cooking for hours. The Not Thanksgiving Dinner transplants the turkey from its November trimmings and makes it a lighter, any-time-of-the-year treat. The California Pizza Party is just made for good times. And the Academy Awards Party for friends puts a whole new spin on the idea of TV dinners.


Tips from Ina's 20 years' catering experience place the emphasis on fun, not fuss. And the recipes are just what the countless fans of Ina's first book are hoping for--fabulous soups, salads and main courses (Butternut Squash with Apple Soup, Tomato Fennel Salad, and big bowls of Chicken Chili, for instance!) And the desserts! Chocolate Ganache Cake is a highlight. But so is the Lemon Cake that was first pictured so irresistibly in Ina's first book.


All of Ina's fans are hungry for more--and lots of other people who love to have a good time are about to have a great time discovering this entertaining star.


In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream: operating a specialty food store in the Hamptons. Today, the Barefoot Contessa is celebrated for its stylish charm as well as its delicious food.



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