Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
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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