Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

Recipes You Can Trust

By Ina Garten; Quentin Bacon (Photographer)

Clarkson Potter Publishers, Hardcover, 9780307464873, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

Millions of people love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn t be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof," the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that wow factor we all crave.
Start with delicious Dukes Cosmopolitans made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers that everyone will devour. Lunches include Hot Smoked Salmon, Lobster & Potato Salad, and Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, all featuring old-fashioned flavors with the volume turned up. Elegant Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise and show-stopping Seared Scallops & Potato Celery Root Puree are just two of the many fabulous dinner recipes. And your guests will always remember the desserts, from Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze to Salted Caramel Brownies.
For Ina, foolproof means more than just making one dish successfully; it's also about planning a menu, including coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time. In "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof," Ina shows you how to make a game plan so everything is served hot while you keep your cool. There are notes throughout detailing where a recipe can go wrong to keep you on track, plus tips for making recipes in advance. It's as though Ina is there in the kitchen with you guiding you every step of the way.
With 150 gorgeous color photographs and Ina's invaluable tips, "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof" is a stunning yet infinitely practical cookbook that home cooks will turn to again and again.

About the Author
Sarah Leah Chase, who founded the Massachusetts specialty food shop and catering business Que Sera Sarah, collaborated on "The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook". Her other books include "Nantucket Open-House Cookbook" and "Cold-Weather Cooking". Currently she writes a weekly food column for "Nantucket's Inquirer "and "Mirror "newspaper and is recipe consultant to Ina Garten. Sarah and her husband, Nigel, are the owners of Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine seasoning blends. They live with their son on Cape Cod.

QUENTIN BACON is a top food photographer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Food & Wine and Real Simple as well as in many cookbooks, including Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten, Holiday Food by Mario Batali, R.S.V.P. by Nan Kempner, Cakewalk by Margaret Braun, Our Latin Table by Fernando Saralegui, and Dinner After Dark by Colin Cowie. His Web site is

Praise For Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

A master caterer, TV celebrity, and prolific cookbook author, Garten will delight her legion of fans with this appetizing and welcoming cookbook. Garten focuses on foolproof cooking: recipes that work, are satisfying to eat, and can be made ahead of time… Once again Garten’s culinary wizardry will inspire, delight, and empower readers to entertain in true Barefoot Contessa style.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review