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I love your show and love cooking and cookbooks, however, I don't have any of your books! Which of your books would you recommend getting first? I want them all but, where should I start?

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I always recommend starting with the first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. There are really simple recipes like Perfect Roasted Chicken and Outrageous Brownies that everyone wants to know how to make. Hope you love it! 

How should vinegars and flavored olive oils be stored?

From Dana Koegel - Miltona, MN

You can store both of them in the pantry, but I store olive oil in the pantry and vinegars in the refrigerator to extend their life.

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I love your Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts. Have made it several times and always get compliments. They are the absolute best hot out of the oven. How do I keep them that "crisp" and not so sticky.

From Jane Freudenberg - Los Angeles, CA

If the nuts get sticky and soft, I would reheat them gently over low heat before serving. 

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I am always curious about the placement of shelves in my oven. I usually use a middle shelf by default. Do you have guidelines for baking certain dishes on top, middle, or bottom oven shelves?

From Sharen Buyher - Oakland City, IN

I generally bake or roast everything exactly in the middle of the oven, unless I'm using two sheet pans, in which case I'll space them evenly. However, If I'm doing a large roast, I want the roast in the middle, not the pan in the middle, so I'll adjust the rack accordingly.

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I volunteer in a kindergarten and teach cooking as part of my work with the students. I want to have them make "Rori's Potato Chips" from Barefoot Contessa Parties! No oven temperature is listed. Help!

From Elizabeth Schmitt - San Diego, CA

Rori's Potato Chips bake at 325 degrees. Unfortunately, the baking temperature was omitted in the first edition.

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I was wondering what food mill you would recommend?

From Teresa Christiansen - Lakewood Ranch, Fl

I use a Mouli food mill and would highly recommend it. 

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