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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

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. 

With 150 gorgeous color photographs and Ina’s invaluable tips, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof  is a stunning yet infinitely practical cookbook that home cooks will turn to again and again.

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Recipe Index


Dukes Cosmopolitan, 27
Rossinis, 39
Sidecars with Dried Cherries, 32


Caramelized Bacon, 31
Chili Tortilla Chips, 45
Crab Strudels, 34
Easy Tzatziki with Feta, 76
Fig & Fennel Caponata, 75
Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers, 37
Lobster Corn Fritters, 90
Marinated Artichoke Hearts, 72
Mussels with Saffron Mayonnaise, 71
Mustard & Gruyère Batons, 28
Parmesan Crisps, 41
Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds, 46
Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta, 66
Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas, 42


Easy Gazpacho & Goat Cheese Croutons, 64
Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons, 56
Spanish Pea Soup with Crispy Ham, 61
Winter Minestrone with Garlic Bruschetta, 53


Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad, 102
Endive, Orange & Roquefort Salad, 69
Israeli Couscous & Tuna Salad, 101
Italian Seafood Salad, 87
Lobster & Potato Salad, 98
White Bean & Arugula Salad, 108


Salmon & Guacamole Sandwiches, 95


1770 House Meatloaf, 129
Accidental Turkey, 120
Amelia's Jambalaya, 161
Chicken with Wild Mushrooms, 118
Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken, 117
Fennel & Garlic Shrimp, 93
Foolproof Ribs with Barbecue Sauce, 141
Four-Hour Lamb with French Flageolets, 138
Hot Smoked Salmon, 83
Lamb Shanks & Orzo, 134
Lobster Mac & Cheese, 155
Mustard-Marinated Flank Steak, 126
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage, 152
Osso Buco, 144
Penne alla Vecchia Bettola, 158
Roasted Asparagus & Prosciutto, 104
Roasted Sausages & Grapes, 137
Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes, 150
Seared Scallops & Potato Celery Root Purée, 146
Sicilian Grilled Swordfish, 149
Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise, 122
Straw & Hay with Gorgonzola, 156
Veal Chops with Caramelized Shallots, 132


Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, 196
Brown Rice & Wheatberries, 191
Couscous with Peas & Mint, 182
Crispy English Potatoes, 185
Crispy Roasted Kale, 174
Crusty Basmati Rice, 195
French Flageolet Beans, 192
Green Beans Gremolata, 169
Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding, 188
Orange-Braised Carrots & Parsnips, 170
Parmesan Fennel Gratin, 176
Provençal Cherry Tomato Gratin, 173
Spinach with Feta & Pine Nuts, 181
Sweet Potato Purée, 178
Truffled Mashed Potatoes, 187


Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting, 213
Chocolate Cassis Cake, 205
Chocolate Chunk Blondies, 233
Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs, 230
Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts, 252
German Chocolate Cupcakes, 227
Maple Pecan Pie, 247
Mexican Hot Chocolate, 251
Orange French Lace Cookies, 236
Pecan Sandies, 219
Perfect Pie Crust, 244
Perfect Pound Cake, 208
Prunes & Armagnac, 238
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting, 223
Raspberry Crumble Bars, 210
Rum Raisin Truffles, 248
Salted Caramel Brownies, 216
Stewed Rhubarb & Red Berries, 235
Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze, 220
Ultimate Pumpkin Pie with Rum Whipped Cream, 241
Viennese Iced Coffee, 254


Homemade Chicken Stock, 62

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