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

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Notes about this book

  • 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

  • Panzanella

    • jzanger on September 27, 2010

      This is my go-to recipe

    • czechmate on January 11, 2013

      Me too!

  • 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.

  • Plum tart

    • jzanger on September 27, 2010

      easy, easy easy and SO wonderful.

    • anya_sf on September 26, 2018

      Really easy and delicious. Use a pan with higher sides, like springform or tall tart pan, or the fruit won't all fit. I needed to use 2 cups crumbs for the bottom and sides; there were still plenty of crumbs for the top.

  • Grilled herb shrimp

    • Aggie92 on August 28, 2016

      Fabulous! Only had a pound of shrimp so I cut the recipe in half and the salt even further (down to 1/2 tsp). No other changes. Marinated for 8 hours and served with grilled mushrooms, French bread, a green salad, and a lovely French rosé wine. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this easy and delicious recipe.

  • Rugelach

    • DKennedy on April 06, 2016

      This is my go t0 rugelach recipe. I fill them with chocolate chips. Ina has a great rugelach primer on the food network if you can find the video.

  • 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.

    • JJ2018 on September 22, 2018

      Absolutely delicious - go to Caesar dressing

  • Lemon cake

    • Kfaber on January 26, 2014

      Really moist cake with amazing lemony flavor.

    • chawkins on December 21, 2015

      Very moist and lemony. Perfect balance of sweet and tartness. Got raves when I brought this to a party. You'll need a microplane for this recipe: it uses a third cup of zest.

    • stef on January 12, 2019

      One of my favourite lemon loaves. Always successful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chicken chili

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chocolate white chocolate chunk cookies

    • Melanie on October 04, 2014

      These were delicious and easy to bake (makes a huge number so I halved the recipe). Keep an eye on them in the oven, I managed to overbake by a minute or two and I think the texture suffered slightly.

  • 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

  • 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

    • julesamomof2 on December 27, 2017

      This has had a place on our Christmas table for at least 10 years, a true fave that everyone loves.

  • Lemon bars

    • KarinaFrancis on July 15, 2018

      I'm not sure if this was a me fail, or and Ina fail (gasp) but this just didn't work out well. The filling was dense and chewy, so not sure if the temp was too high, the cook time was not right or the fact that I made the filling and had to have it sit while the base cooled (recipe skimming missed this detail). Not sure I'll try again or try another recipe for lemon bars

  • Old-fashioned apple crisp

    • julesamomof2 on August 19, 2017

      This recipe makes an enormous apple crisp. Which makes it the perfect post trick-or-treating dessert (for the adults anyway). It's the one time a year I make it. Perfect for a chilly fall Halloween

  • Lobster rolls

    • stef on July 18, 2015

      Used shrimp instead, cut mayo to 1/3 up and added half a teaspoon horseradish. Everyone loved it.

  • Orzo with roasted vegetables

    • averythingcooks on March 13, 2019

      This is a lovely side dish for any grilled meat. I often skip the eggplant and just up the amount of peppers. I do tread carefully with the lemon - for my palate there is a fine line between perfect and too much. I can't count how many times I've made this for company or just the 2 of us.

  • California pizzas

    • stigard on March 09, 2019

      This is my go to pizza dough. It’s always great.

  • Apple crostata

    • secoffey on January 22, 2019

      This is awesome -- secret is the orange zest!

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Reviews about this book

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  • ISBN 10 0593068416
  • ISBN 13 9780593068410
  • Published Oct 13 2011
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 272
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Imprint Bantam Press

Publishers Text

In "Parties"! Ina Garten shares the secrets she has gleaned from her years as a caterer and a dedicated party giver. Ina's parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Packed with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, and stories and recipes from her own parties, this is a must-have guide to easy entertaining. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas. Come summer, it's into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pitta sandwiches that guests assemble themselves. In the autumn, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with a creamy spinach gratin. And on a winter's day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup. Delicious! Ina has reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake - the ultimate breakfast treat. Salads? The red lettuce, balsamic onions and blue cheese salad; Chinese chicken salad; and panzanella may be the best you've ever tasted. And fillet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good gorgonzola sauce. With so many great ideas and recipes to choose from, this will be an essential read for anyone who loves a party.

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