Here’s my verdict on The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten.
To Read: Yes. It’s well-written with some stories about Garten’s personal life and great cooking tips. There is also a foreward by Martha Stewart that you won’t want to skip over.
To Look At: Yes. There are beautiful photos of each recipe, which I think is standard for all of Ina Garten’s cookbooks.
To Cook From: Yes. I haven’t made a lot of recipes from this cookbook, but I have made plenty of Barefoot Contessa recipes. They are always easy to understand and come out well.
Ina Garten has written a lot of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I have looked through a few others, and I’m not sure The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is the one I would pick if I had to choose just one. I’m not sure why, but there weren’t that many recipes I was super excited about (although it might be worth it just for the brownies!). I have heard that Barefoot Contessa Foolproof is one of her best. Her Make It Ahead cookbook also has a lot of recipes I want to try, including a recipe for dog treats!
Let me know if you have a favorite Barefoot Contessa recipe.