Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

So you may recall that I've been ransacking my local library for cookbooks. I've got quite a stash up in our office. Almost all of which I have looked through and marked which recipes I am interested in trying. One of the more visually appealing and engaging cookbooks I have picked up is the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten (Doesn't Ina Garten sound like a fake name? Seems a little too close to In A Garden to me.).

She writes nice little stories in the cookbook and has fun tips on the sides as well. If you ever watch her show you can almost hear her saying the things she has written in the book. And this will likely disturb you because you will realize you watch too much Food Network. This book in particular has lots of recipes from the Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons.

Perhaps most importantly however, the book has delicious sounding recipes accompanied by delicious looking pictures. I am a sucker for a great food picture in a cookbook. A few of the recipes that caught my eye (particularly with our upcoming party in mind) were the Grilled Lemon Chicken with Satay Dip (yum, I've been looking for a good satay recipe), Sun Dried Tomato Dip (recently I discovered I love sun dried tomatoes and am somewhat bitter I've been missing out all these years), and Vegetable Coleslaw (I am very picky about my coleslaw so it's probably high time I figured out how to just make it myself). The Peach and Raspberry Crisp recipe in the book I actually used a few weeks ago (from the internet actually) and it is a winner. So that's a good sign for the rest of the recipes.

Mom, can we please do something other than sit around looking at cookbooks?

Maddie, however, does not share my love for cookbooks or the Barefoot Contessa. Hopefully some of my readers do, though, or else this would have been a pretty pointless post.

1 comment:

  1. I love me some Barefoot Contessa. Her recipes are totally the yummiest.


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