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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook (cover)

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust

by Ina Garten

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Buy on Amazon

Fair is fair. We gave away copies of the critics’ top choices of 2012 cookbooks: Jerusalem: A Cookbook, Canal Cooks Every Day, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. So now we want one lucky reader of Cooks&Books&Recipes to win the top-selling cookbook of 2012: Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter).

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 Jalapeño 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 Purée 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.

We pointed earlier to two recipes from this cookbook: Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding; Orange-Braised Carrots and Parsnips. Amazon features another: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze. Happy cookbook cooking!

Giveaway Notes: There are six ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all six entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook (cover)

98 Responses to “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust”

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    Jennifer — January 31, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    i really love ina’s show! would love to have the book as well

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    Jayme H. — January 31, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I love Ina and watch Barefoot Contessa all the time!
     

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    julie murphy — January 31, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    love to win cookbooks
     

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    Meryl — January 31, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    thanks!

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    Louis — January 31, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    thanks for the giveaway.

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    karen — January 31, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    This would make a great gift for my friend who just bought a house.

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    Linda S. — January 31, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Simple and appealing food, respecting ingredients.  Have been meaning to try her bread/cake mixes in the store; this cookbook would be even better.

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    Megan Parsons — February 1, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I’d love to own this cookbook!

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    Wendy — February 1, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    I am such a huge fan of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks!  Would love to win this one!

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    Tarah — February 1, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I love Ina!  She’s so friendly!

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    Elle — February 1, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    I’m getting a new place, so what better way to break in the new kitchen than with all new recipes <3

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    Heather — February 1, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Tammy Schweitz — February 1, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    I would love too win this for my Mom. she a big fan of hers. I would give too her for Mother’s Day. thanks

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    Michele Berg — February 1, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    I have one of her cookbooks and would love another.  Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Susan Broughton — February 1, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    I really love Ina Garten.  I watch and record every show she has on cooking and Food channels.  I would really like to have this book so I could have her recipes at home.

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    Jessica Rinker — February 1, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I love watching ina! she reminds me of the mom i should have had! lol

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    Lilith Katz — February 1, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    I love browsing through recipes and watching cooking shows on tv

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    Bernice G — February 1, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    I love cookbooks in general, I’ve watched Ina Garten a few times when I had cable.. I like her approach to food and entertaining.

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    Maria Iemma — February 1, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    I watch Ina as often as possible….love her recipes

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    christine — February 1, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    love Ina’s barefoot contessa

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    Julie Thompson — February 2, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    Thank you for the giveaway

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    Sunnie — February 2, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Thanks for the giveaway, I like this ladY!

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    Terri — February 2, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I love Ina!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Terri — February 2, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I love Ina! Thank you for the chance to win!

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    Donna O'Neil — February 2, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sarah S — February 2, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Looks amazing!!!

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    Joan — February 2, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Here recipes always seem to turn out great. I’d love to win a copy of this one. Thanks for the oppoturnity.

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    Maureen G — February 2, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    I need some NEW recipes because I’m feeling as if I just make the same old foods.  I want a “food adventure”

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    Elena — February 2, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    great giveaway!

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    JEFF TAYLOR — February 3, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    A real fan of her cookbooks.  

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    Pim — February 3, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Amy L — February 3, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Ina Garten is my favorite TV cooking show host. I love her recipes.

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    Danielle Porter — February 3, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I need help cooking! I’m awful! 

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    lauren — February 3, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    I love her show and would love to try her recipes.

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    Traci Lynn Butler — February 3, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    I love cookbooks – so many new ideas & recipes to try – thanks for the giveaway!

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    Debbie Welchert — February 3, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    I love watching her show and would love trying out some of her recipes.

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    Lindsey M — February 3, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    Barefoot Contessa is one of my favourite cooking shows – thanks for the giveaway

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    Catherine Campbell — February 3, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    I like her show and recipes

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    Sarah Paterson-Farrand — February 4, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Love Ina. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    Maryann — February 4, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    I would love to win Ina’s cookbook

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    Stephanie Hastie — February 5, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    This would be a perfect book for a gift for my mom.  She loves the cooking show,

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    Christine — February 5, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    I would love to win Ina’s Cookbook!

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    Adrianne B — February 6, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    I adore Ina Garten…easy recipes and great, decadent food!

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    Lisa Neely — February 6, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    I love watching her shows. Would be a wonderful addition to my cookbook collection!

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    Daniel M — February 6, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    always like trying new recipes!

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    Hope — February 6, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I love her calm serenity in the kitchen.

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    Maria B — February 7, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Love to win!!!!!!

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    Valda Gunter — February 7, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    I saw her making sweets, white chocolate with cramberries and pistachios, good for valentines day
    look so delicious, I hope I win her receipe books

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    Patti Ellerby — February 8, 2013 @ 5:40 am

    I Love Ina’s Show, she is such a good cook and such a sweet person!!!

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    Barbara — February 8, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    Thanks!

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    Karen Gervais — February 8, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    Love Barefoot Contessa. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Diane Sallans — February 8, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I love simple “foolproof” recipes

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    April V — February 9, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I love Ina!

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    Esme — February 10, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I would love to have her cookbook.

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    Maureen — February 10, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Her recipes are most always a success.

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    angie — February 10, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    this cookbook would offer a different aspect of cooking to me

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    angie — February 10, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    thanks for chance to win this cookbook this cookbook would offer a different aspect of cooking to me

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    Ger — February 10, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Would love to win this cookbook!

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    Janice — February 11, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    Great receipes

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    amanda — February 11, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I would love this!

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    Lesley F — February 11, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    Thanks!
     

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    Stephanie Larison — February 11, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    Thanks for the chance!

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    Zoopa — February 12, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    I have several of Ina’s cookbooks and this would be a wonderful addition to my collection!

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    Wehaf — February 13, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I love her recipes!

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    Diane F — February 13, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    I love Barefoot Contessa! Would love to have one of her cookbooks.

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    Lauren Rochon — February 13, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    This looks like a very awesome cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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    Carolyn K — February 14, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    I need some new dinner inspiration! 

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    Daniel M — February 14, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    i need something that’s foolproof!

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    Karen — February 15, 2013 @ 4:02 am

    Ina Garten’s recipes are fabulous. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Lorie Sanders — February 15, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Thanks

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    Paula Tavernie — February 15, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I love watching her show and would love this Cookbook!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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    Tracy Allen — February 15, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    I love Ina!!

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    Carolsue — February 16, 2013 @ 3:14 am

    I would love to add this cookbook to my collection!  It looks like a real winner.

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    Elaine C — February 16, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    I watch her show as often as I can so this cookbook would be great and my family would thank you also!

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    Michelle W — February 16, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    I love trying new recipes, thanks for giveaway

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    Ed Nemmers — February 16, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I enjoy the work of Ina Garten!

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    alyce poalillo — February 16, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    Love to cook, try new things and I love cookbooks!

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    christine brady — February 16, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE The Contessa

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    Julie — February 16, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    My husband loves cook books and he likes the Barefoot Contessa

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    Hesper Fry — February 16, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    I am a cookbook collector and I would like to add this to my collection.

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    Jennifer J — February 16, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    I ask myself when cooking ” what would Ina do?

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    Deborah Grant — February 16, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    I would love to win this book for my daughter.She loves to cook and collects cookbooks.

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    Sonya Kirsch — February 17, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    Watching Ina’ s show has always reminded me of time spent with a special friend from which I had become estranged. As I have unjust reconciled after many years it would be wonderful to win Ina’s new book. My girlfriend and I could spend time preparing recipes and catching up.

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    Kat G — February 17, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Super Cute – would love it for my collection!! Thanks for the chance!

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    Sheryl — February 17, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    My sister watches Ina religiously on the Food Network. She has tried several of her recipes. I think she would be thrilled to have her cookbook.

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    Lisa — February 17, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    thanks for the giveaway

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    Pat B — February 17, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Ina makes the best foods and nothing too hard, just delicious

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    Samantha — February 17, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I love barefoot Contessa! Thanks!

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    Kat Emerick — February 17, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    I love her and her show.. I learned so much about cooking.

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    Shannon — February 17, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Barefoot Contessa is my favorite! She is wonderful! 

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    kathy pease — February 17, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Thank you for the great giveaway :)

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    Michelle L — February 17, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    I love to cook I hope that I win

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    Buddy Garrett — February 17, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    This sounds like a great cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    mary renshaw — February 17, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    I LOVE her show and would LOVE her book!

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    Edna Williams — February 17, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    I really love Ina.  Thanks!

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    mary gardner — February 17, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    i love the recipes she does on her show and would love to have this book!
     
    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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    emily l — February 17, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway, I would love to give this a try in my kitchen! :)
     
    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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    Holly Kennedy — February 17, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    I need cookbooks and love her show!

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