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Cookbooks Reviewed

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November 08, 2006



You definitely want the first two BC cookbooks--I think they're "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" and "The Barefoot Contessa Parties" or some such--but the one that followed (Family Style?) rehashed a lot of those recipes and imho, wasn't worth purchasing (I of course discovered this only after I bought the damn thing.) I haven't tried the Paris one, though it looks good, mostly because I have a lot Patricia Wells cookbooks which seem like they cover much the same territory but with a bit more authenticity and deeper info...Thanks for this enthusiastic review--I'm going to check out the new book, cause if the recipes you post are any indication, this book offers a lot of new ideas.


I have wanted to try Borscht some mates tried it while on holiday and said it was realy good but never found the right recipe thanks for it i will be making it when mates next come around.


First Lindy, now you with the coconut layer cakes. They are so gorgeously puffy and beautiful! I'm glad you had such a successful dinner party - isn't it the best feeling to cook for people you love?


Paige: Thanks for the advice on the collection. I will start with the first two... maybe that will be enough to fulfill my crazy new love!

James: Definitely try the borscht! It is so good you won't believe you made it!

Luisa: It is the best feeling in the world!

Lisa Dennis

I pre-bought this cookbook because I love her others (I have them all!) I can honestly say the worst anything has ever turned out has been good.
I made the salmon and loved it, but I only use low sodium soy sauce (hubby has issues) and did not find it salty at all! I,too, enjoyed the mustard potatoes. I am making the stewed lentils and tomatoes tonight as a side dish for simple baked fish.


Lisa: I will revisit the salmon again. It has all the right ingredients -- maybe the low-sodium soy sauce will do the trick!


I have Ina's entire library as well. And it is deceivingly simple isn't it? You MUST try more of her recipes. Her way of doing Perfect Roasted Chicken is now easily engrained into my brain and it's now just mote repitition. And it produces PERFECT roast chicken, every time.

The dip recipes are also to die for - like the Pan-Roasted Onion Dip and the Roasted Eggplant Dip. Oh my. Oh my - and don't even get me started about those Outrageous Brownies.


Karla: I have heard about her Outrageous Brownies. Everyone says they are the best! I sense I could develop a serious addiction!

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