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Jan 3, 2007 09:09 PM

Has anyone bought "Barefoot Contessa At Home"?

If you have, what do you think?

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  1. I just bought it. Haven't cooked from it yet, but I've had such success with all her others (easy tasty recipes with many that travel well) that I had to get this one too. Fipping through, some of the recipes that caught my eye - lots of quick soups, salads, and sandwiches like ribollita, Mexican tortilla soup, shrimp bisque, a delicious-looking Caesar club with pancetta on ciabatta, warm duck salad, and blue cheese coleslaw. Entrees like seafood gratin and lobster paella, lamb kebabs with couscous and pine nuts, and rib-eye steaks with cornmeal-fried onion rings. Sides include sauteed garlic and herb tomatoes, jalapeno cornbread, zucchini pancakes, and some mouthwatering maple baked beans with chinese chili paste and ginger. As always, lots of simple and easy recipes also. 17 dessert recipes including a coconut cake based on her famous cupcakes. Finally, a nice breakfast section with simple scones, danishes, soda bread, egg dishes etc.

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    1. re: Rubee

      Ooh... those maple baked beans sound fabulous! I've always had good luck with her recipes too and I have a $100 Barnes & Noble g.c. burning a hole in my pocket! :-)

    2. Got it for xmas (signed !!!! My sis met her !!)
      Made the green goddess dressing which was very good as a dip and over salad.

      Overall, the cookbook is basic, but I like the way it reads.... seeing I am from both NYC and the Hamptons there are lots of references to places and foods familiar to me.

      1. Someone gave me her brownie mix as a gift - I'm anxious to try it.

        1. I got it for Christmas and while I haven't made anything from it yet, most of the recipes sound really good. I've had a lot of luck with her other books and this one really does contain a bunch of recipes I'd make on a weekly basis. I actually started making a list of all the ones I wanted to try and by the time I filled both side of a piece of paper my husband laughed and told me I should have just written "try the whole book."

          One thing I did notice that a lot of the recipes seem more suited to spring and summer, which is disheartening since we're just getting into the dead of winter here in the Northeast.

          1. I've looked through it and am not inspired, although I do like some of her other recipes. If other hounds rave about it, I'll take another look.