website statistics Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun - PDF Books Online
Hot Best Seller

Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun

Availability: Ready to download

After more than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it's the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience. In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and -- most im After more than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it's the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience. In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and -- most important of all -- recipes that really work. Now, with Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver. The keyword here is fun. Ina's parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won't end. With Ina's advice, you're certain to have all your friends saying, "Wasn't that fun!" Ina has packed Barefoot Contessa Parties! with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, stories about her own parties, and tips on assembling food (rather than cooking everything) and organizing like a caterer. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas. Come summer, it's into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pita sandwiches that guests assemble themselves. In the autumn, when it's not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with popovers and a creamy spinach gratin. And on a snowy winter's day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup. Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e-mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food. She's reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake--the ultimate breakfast treat. Salads? The red lettuce, balsamic onions, and blue cheese; Chinese chicken salad; and panzanella may be the best you've ever tasted. Filet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good gorgonzola sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party. And fans of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book. With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.


Compare

After more than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it's the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience. In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and -- most im After more than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was an overnight sensation, but it's the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience. In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and -- most important of all -- recipes that really work. Now, with Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver. The keyword here is fun. Ina's parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won't end. With Ina's advice, you're certain to have all your friends saying, "Wasn't that fun!" Ina has packed Barefoot Contessa Parties! with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, stories about her own parties, and tips on assembling food (rather than cooking everything) and organizing like a caterer. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas. Come summer, it's into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pita sandwiches that guests assemble themselves. In the autumn, when it's not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with popovers and a creamy spinach gratin. And on a snowy winter's day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup. Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e-mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food. She's reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake--the ultimate breakfast treat. Salads? The red lettuce, balsamic onions, and blue cheese; Chinese chicken salad; and panzanella may be the best you've ever tasted. Filet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good gorgonzola sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party. And fans of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book. With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.

30 review for Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darth J

    The holidays are just around the corner and Ina has some great ideas for your parties and gatherings. The holidays are just around the corner and Ina has some great ideas for your parties and gatherings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    What can I say? I love everything Ina makes and so does my family. Lots of great ideas for parties where everyone gets delicious food but Ina also gives hints on how to be more than just a hostess but actually someone who can enjoy her guests.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janis

    I really liked this cookbook. Besides some good, solid, basic recipes, I enjoyed Ina talking about throwing relaxed parties and making things simple enough to be a guest at your own party. Since I worry so much when I entertain this will be really helpful to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Dare I say this is one of my favorite cookbooks ever published. I have make numerous recipes from this book and they always exceed my expectations. They're always a cut above the rest in terms of taste and presentation- they sometimes require a little extra effort to gather just the right ingredients, but it is always worthwhile. Definitely a must-have book if you like to entertain. Dare I say this is one of my favorite cookbooks ever published. I have make numerous recipes from this book and they always exceed my expectations. They're always a cut above the rest in terms of taste and presentation- they sometimes require a little extra effort to gather just the right ingredients, but it is always worthwhile. Definitely a must-have book if you like to entertain.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Every time I make something from this book for a party, it's a huge success. Recipes are really easy to follow (sometimes a little time consuming). A great addition to any kitchen. Every time I make something from this book for a party, it's a huge success. Recipes are really easy to follow (sometimes a little time consuming). A great addition to any kitchen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie H.

    Trawling back through cookbooks looking for some fun ideas I've not made in a while during this COVID-19 situation. What a pleasant surprise to revisit this book, looking for ideas for hors d'oeuvres for tomorrow afternoon's virtual happy hour, and I see that the Barefoot Contessa is suggesting that we might want to focus on the beverage--as she got a couple of different margarita recipes here. But look, she's suggesting a few nice things to bake for breakfasts. Oh, and that might make a lovely Trawling back through cookbooks looking for some fun ideas I've not made in a while during this COVID-19 situation. What a pleasant surprise to revisit this book, looking for ideas for hors d'oeuvres for tomorrow afternoon's virtual happy hour, and I see that the Barefoot Contessa is suggesting that we might want to focus on the beverage--as she got a couple of different margarita recipes here. But look, she's suggesting a few nice things to bake for breakfasts. Oh, and that might make a lovely dessert. But ah, for happy hour--I'm thinking we've got the beverage covered but may need to look a little further for the go-with given that we're working with what's already at hand. In the spirit of keeping things light, all hail Ina Garten and check out her hilarious video (if you've not already seen it) at https://www.insider.com/ina-garten-ma...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This book started it all for me when I was gifted with it over a decade ago. Now I have all her books and wait impatiently for the next! Beautiful photography and I enjoy reading all her tips and stories. From the White House to owning a specialty food store - inspiring or what!? She is witty and the recipes are not fussy but demand quality ingredients. I love how almost everything starts with a stick of butter. If you are looking for a cookbook where you won’t have to hunt down pretentious ingred This book started it all for me when I was gifted with it over a decade ago. Now I have all her books and wait impatiently for the next! Beautiful photography and I enjoy reading all her tips and stories. From the White House to owning a specialty food store - inspiring or what!? She is witty and the recipes are not fussy but demand quality ingredients. I love how almost everything starts with a stick of butter. If you are looking for a cookbook where you won’t have to hunt down pretentious ingredients, want honest good food, you cannot go wrong here or with with any of her cookbooks. Barefoot Contessa are often my ‘go to’ for everyday cooking as well as entertaining. Cheers!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda Wallace

    This cookbook was given to me as a gift. I really didn’t need another cookbook, but having watched & enjoyed Ina Garten ‘s cooking show, I thought I’d give it a read. I enjoyed her little narratives at the beginning of each recipe section. Not only does she enjoy cooking, but enjoys entertaining & likes to,enjoy her guests. Although I have not tried any of the recipes, I will in the future, most have ready available ingredients and are not too complicated . I will not be making the recipes invol This cookbook was given to me as a gift. I really didn’t need another cookbook, but having watched & enjoyed Ina Garten ‘s cooking show, I thought I’d give it a read. I enjoyed her little narratives at the beginning of each recipe section. Not only does she enjoy cooking, but enjoys entertaining & likes to,enjoy her guests. Although I have not tried any of the recipes, I will in the future, most have ready available ingredients and are not too complicated . I will not be making the recipes involving caviar. Overall a decent cookbook.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sepi

    I checked out this book based on a recommendation. The book has some great ideas but it doesn't match my lifestyle. I was hoping for short cuts, and easier fare. I checked out this book based on a recommendation. The book has some great ideas but it doesn't match my lifestyle. I was hoping for short cuts, and easier fare.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jan Duthie

    Ina as always gives great hints and recipes to stop making having a party feel as though you have gone through the mill! I really want to enjoy not endure parties.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judy Zeh

    I have all of her cookbooks and love them all. She has a way of making difficult, easy. I started to mark the recipes I want to try but soon realized I want to try just about all of them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Rastelli

    This is one of my favorites of all Ina's books. This is one of my favorites of all Ina's books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Great idea book & recipes

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    As always, wonderful in this contemporary with no fantastic or elements but a surprise in the ending!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    Oh my, I open to the Contents and what do I see? I see three margaritas staring at me! The book is easy to read, the recipes for the most part are simple to prepare, the ingredients are easy to find, the photographs are large and appetizing in appearance. Each menu title page give the number of people to be fed as well as dishes that will be served. I was unimpressed w/ her Fireside Dinner for two, there were two dishes.... For something so "cozy" I'd not have chosen Vegetable pot pie & double ch Oh my, I open to the Contents and what do I see? I see three margaritas staring at me! The book is easy to read, the recipes for the most part are simple to prepare, the ingredients are easy to find, the photographs are large and appetizing in appearance. Each menu title page give the number of people to be fed as well as dishes that will be served. I was unimpressed w/ her Fireside Dinner for two, there were two dishes.... For something so "cozy" I'd not have chosen Vegetable pot pie & double chocolate pudding..... Contents: Introduction: "I've always wanted to give great parties....." Spring: Sunday Breakfast; Pizza Party; Jewish Holiday; & Academy Awards Summer: Canoe Trip; Lunch in the Garden; Happy Birthday; & Outdoor Grill Autumn: Football Party; Autumn Dinner; Not Thanksgiving; & Afternoon Tea Winter: New Year's Day; snow Day; Valentine's Dinner; & Fireside Dinner Credits Index Recipes include, but are not limited to: Roasted Asparagus w/ scrambled eggs; sour cream coffee cake; tropical smoothies; Eli's Health bread; & two types of "butter" California pizzas & Ice cream sodas Chopped liver (what would the holiday be without?); Chicken soup w/ matzo balls, Brisket w/ carrots & onions; & Noodle kugel Smoked salmon w/ mesclun (greens); Filet of beef w/ Gorgonzola sauce; & Garlic roasted potatoes Oven roasted fruit; Sauteed asparagus & snap peas; Grilled leg of lamb; & Tzatziki (Greek yogurt dip) Real margaritas (no sweet & sour just lemon & lime juice); Spaghettoni al pesto; Grilled shrimp w/ mango salsa; & peach raspberry shortcakes Potato pancakes w/ caviar; Salad w/ warm goat cheese; & Orzo w/ roasted vegetables Spinach gratin; Perfect roast turkey; & Plum tart Lemon bars; Orange chocolate chunk cake; Herbed goat cheese sandwiches; Lime curd; & shortbread cookies w/ dragees (them hard sweet little silver balls) Seafood chowder; Fennel soup gratin; Chicken chili; & Hot mulled cider Sauteed cabbage (Martha Stewart taught her this, don't you know); Roast loin pork w/ fennel; Vegetable pot pie; & Double chocolate pudding

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    I finally have this cookbook to make a complete set of Ina's cookbooks. When I first discovered the BC's show on Food Network, I thought she was so booooooooring. But, as time went on, I realized that the majority of her recipes aren't that difficult to make. So, I started making them. Often. They always turned out great! Okay, so she's from "The Hamptons" and La-Tee-Da. I still like her. Granted, some of her recipes have expensive ingredients. But, not all of them. I try to use "good" ingredien I finally have this cookbook to make a complete set of Ina's cookbooks. When I first discovered the BC's show on Food Network, I thought she was so booooooooring. But, as time went on, I realized that the majority of her recipes aren't that difficult to make. So, I started making them. Often. They always turned out great! Okay, so she's from "The Hamptons" and La-Tee-Da. I still like her. Granted, some of her recipes have expensive ingredients. But, not all of them. I try to use "good" ingredients, whenever possible. I think Ina will forgive me if I cheat once in a while. So this book. I've come to realize, that when I entertain, I morph into some sort of Martha Stewart on Steroids. Every single thing has to be from scratch. I slave away, freaking out that everything needs to be ready on time. It has to be the right temperature. Then, I realized. Why am I such a perfectionist? My family knows I love to cook and bake. They know that whatever I serve is something they will enjoy, because I cook with love and dedication. This book reminds me that I need to re-think how I entertain. I can make very simple things, make them look pretty (I'm not very decor gifted, but I got a lot of ideas from the beautiful pictures.) For Easter, I'm going to refer to this book for some great ideas on what to make. I do want to be as much fun, as the hostess, as my family and guests are. I'm glad I bought this book (bargain hunt of $4). I always enjoy Ina's personal stories with each chapter. Sure, she's living a very privileged life-- but she worked hard for it! I would love to have the chance to meet her, for sure. She might seem pretentious to some people but I find her cooking and baking recipes to be very doable. Just read the directions, and it'll turn out great. Like I said, she's pretty much a guarantee that the recipe works.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nora Chilcott

    I love how she loves to enjoy cooking and actually eating with people. She cooks with her hands. It's a big mess -- measuring with handfuls and pinches rather than measuring cups... She has a TV show, but her brand is very much PRE-TV. I love her cookbooks. She's NOT a food writer. She's great a setting out how to throw a party or take a fattening cake over to your best friend to each together. She does not care about calories or butter. An antidote to current culture and it's baffling science o I love how she loves to enjoy cooking and actually eating with people. She cooks with her hands. It's a big mess -- measuring with handfuls and pinches rather than measuring cups... She has a TV show, but her brand is very much PRE-TV. I love her cookbooks. She's NOT a food writer. She's great a setting out how to throw a party or take a fattening cake over to your best friend to each together. She does not care about calories or butter. An antidote to current culture and it's baffling science of what's good and not good for you. Also an antidote to the idea that all your vitamins and minerals can be injected into Gatorade or Protein Bars. How many of us think we might need anti-oxydents and pro-biotics and can't find them anywhere in our kitchen; it must be they are only found inside a thing you can eat for $5.00 a serving or thereabouts. She's into carrots and pudding and chocolate and creamy old yoghurt you can make like we did in the 70's before there was Dannon. Dannon -- who remembers that? As far as I can tell, the only product supporting the Greek economy is their yoghurt... but it's not the yoghurt we eat in Greece. That yoghurt is amazing and made with goat milk and has the vague smell of scruffy hillside with a whisper of turd. THAT's something the Barefoot Contessa would not have us shy from.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Briggs

    Okay, the only thing I've made out of this book is the Lemon Cake, but it was fabulous. You might assign someone to zest and juice lemons while you work on the rest of the batter. Using Meyer lemons made the cake 5 times better than those other lemons did. The lemon syrup didn't soak in all the way, I might have decided I would rather eat the cake than give it enough time to soak though. The cake froze and then defrosted in the fridge for the day I was going to use it, and was just fine. You mus Okay, the only thing I've made out of this book is the Lemon Cake, but it was fabulous. You might assign someone to zest and juice lemons while you work on the rest of the batter. Using Meyer lemons made the cake 5 times better than those other lemons did. The lemon syrup didn't soak in all the way, I might have decided I would rather eat the cake than give it enough time to soak though. The cake froze and then defrosted in the fridge for the day I was going to use it, and was just fine. You must love lemon! Turns out my brother doesn't like lemon and he did not enjoy the cake. But my boyfriend said he didn't like lemon and this is his new favorite cake. Turns out he'd just never had lemon done well. Lots of steps to this cake, none of them hard.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Here's the deal with the barefoot contessa.... her recipes are very hit or miss. I do love her regardless though. I love her show, attitude and passion for food. Her other books are better than this, but this was the first one I owned and the one made me fall in love with her. Best recipes: carrot cake cupcakes, lemon cake, popovers, pasta pesto & peas, filet w/gorgonzola and few others look great but I haven't tried. Here's the deal with the barefoot contessa.... her recipes are very hit or miss. I do love her regardless though. I love her show, attitude and passion for food. Her other books are better than this, but this was the first one I owned and the one made me fall in love with her. Best recipes: carrot cake cupcakes, lemon cake, popovers, pasta pesto & peas, filet w/gorgonzola and few others look great but I haven't tried.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    "Real Simple" magazine asked readers for books they return to when they need an uplifting read. Surprsingly, one reader included this book. I checked it out from our library and really enjoyed it. Lots of delicious recipes of course. Nice background and personal experiences shared. If you like Ina Garten - you'll really enjoy this book. I might get myself a copy as well! "Real Simple" magazine asked readers for books they return to when they need an uplifting read. Surprsingly, one reader included this book. I checked it out from our library and really enjoyed it. Lots of delicious recipes of course. Nice background and personal experiences shared. If you like Ina Garten - you'll really enjoy this book. I might get myself a copy as well!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    "The most important thing about giving parties is to stay very, very cool." "It doesn't matter whether you offer meat loaf or filet of beef at your parties; what matters is that it's the best you can make it and that you serve it with style." "A good party is not about the food, it's about the people." "The most important thing about giving parties is to stay very, very cool." "It doesn't matter whether you offer meat loaf or filet of beef at your parties; what matters is that it's the best you can make it and that you serve it with style." "A good party is not about the food, it's about the people."

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    And I don't even really throw parties, but this cookbook has really got it going on. My favorite recipe in here so far is for butternut squash and apple soup with curry powder - heats you up when the temperature goes down... And I don't even really throw parties, but this cookbook has really got it going on. My favorite recipe in here so far is for butternut squash and apple soup with curry powder - heats you up when the temperature goes down...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Plan to make the Rack of Lamb for your next mini holiday--it has amazing stage presence when dressed up with sprigs of rosemary. It looks fabulous as a star of the show on any buffet. Your guests will never forget it...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This cookbook wasn't as useful to me as the others, but I love a few of the recipes, esp. the orzo with roasted vegetables and the spinach gratin, which I make all the time. Has anyone made the plum tart? This cookbook wasn't as useful to me as the others, but I love a few of the recipes, esp. the orzo with roasted vegetables and the spinach gratin, which I make all the time. Has anyone made the plum tart?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I made a couple dishes from this with rave reviews. It is nice to tuck away new entertaining ideas from someone other than Martha Stewart, too. Ina's recipes are not necessarily low-fat, but they are yummy and do-able. I made a couple dishes from this with rave reviews. It is nice to tuck away new entertaining ideas from someone other than Martha Stewart, too. Ina's recipes are not necessarily low-fat, but they are yummy and do-able.

  26. 4 out of 5

    April Sotomayor

    Did you know Ina Garten worked in the Office of Management and Budget during the Nixon era - writing the budget for nuclear energy?! The recipes so far look very intriguing too...I think this is going on my Christmas wishlist.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Killer rugelach recipe that Eli makes every year. Awesome butternut squash and apple soup, perfect for the fall weather. Great party ideas, but if I had to save one cookbook from a burning kitchen, this would not be it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Maybe this is my most-used Contessa. Favorites: Roast Loin of Pork with Fennel, Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Lemon Bars, Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwiches, Apple Crostata, Orzo with Raosted Veggies, Filet of Beef Sandwiches, Tabbouleh.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elliott Ehrhard

    For me cooking for people is a really great way to love them. This book is definitely a go-to book for cooking for others because Ina Garten gives great ideas for entertaining and helpful tips for doing it well. And it's one of those cookbooks that every time I try a dish from it, I love it. For me cooking for people is a really great way to love them. This book is definitely a go-to book for cooking for others because Ina Garten gives great ideas for entertaining and helpful tips for doing it well. And it's one of those cookbooks that every time I try a dish from it, I love it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Another great book of simple but delicious recipes from Ina Garten! I don't really buy the whole "life style expert" crap, but have to admit that she does know a thing or ten about food and fun. Another great book of simple but delicious recipes from Ina Garten! I don't really buy the whole "life style expert" crap, but have to admit that she does know a thing or ten about food and fun.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.