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Barefoot Contessa's Back to Basics

Biscuit's picture

As much as I like Ina Garten, I have not been fond of her cookbooks in the past.  The recipes are hit or miss for the most part.  But against my better judgement I picked up a copy of her new Back to Basics book, and I'm really, really enjoying it.  Haven't had a miss yet.  It's fairly basic but for people like me with time constraints 90% of the time who are bored to death with the same old thing every night, it works really well, and so far, all the recipes have been a success.


This is probably her most successful book to date, in my opinion, as far as just having most of the recipes actually working the way they are supposed to.


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Jean's picture

(post #63000, reply #1 of 11)

Does she call for XL eggs in all her recipes in this book too? I find that mildly annoying to feel that I have to buy speciall eggs just for her recipes. I know I've crabbed about this before and should just get over it. :/


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MadMom's picture

(post #63000, reply #2 of 11)

That is a pain, since most recipes call for large eggs.  I just sort of eyeball it, and if it calls for less than four eggs, don't bother buying others, just use the recipe with the large ones.  If there's more than four, I add another large one.  It is still a PITA, though.



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Biscuit's picture

(post #63000, reply #7 of 11)

Hmmm...I don't think I've made anything with eggs yet.  Does she really do that?  How stupid is that?

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Gretchen's picture

(post #63000, reply #8 of 11)

I just don't think it is that big a deal. I'd just use what I have, and as MadMom said,maybe fudge a little.   ;o)

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AmateurCook's picture

(post #63000, reply #9 of 11)

I buy the XL eggs, but then plan a few other of her recipes to use them all up. All her cake recipes call for the dry ingredients to be sifted, and they all call for kosher salt. Is this available in small granules like table salt, cause those big chunks are not going through a sieve, they get added later.

I have Family Style and At Home. LOVE, LOVE the frozen key lime pie (made with regular limes as I don't live in Florida). Made the herbal iced tea for my daughter's six birthday Tea Party. They all loved it. My husband and I really love the Omelet for two, the Spicy Bloody Marys (I made Caesars) were a hit at a party. Love the Chicken Piccata; have not tried to make real piccata as I guess it is not supposed to be breaded, but her lemon/wine sauce is delicious. I have made 5 or 6 recipes from each book, that's a lot for me.

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Glenys's picture

(post #63000, reply #10 of 11)

In our neck of the woods, the turkey scallopine are a nice option as well. Nice to capitalise on our local best.

Florida2's picture

(post #63000, reply #3 of 11)

Thanks for the heads up on that. I feel the same way about her recipes. I bought one of her books and the food was good, but not "great".  One is very spoiled by the many "great" recipes from FC.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #63000, reply #4 of 11)

I agree!  I first checked it out of the library, and liked it so much, I ended up buying it!!

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wonka's picture

(post #63000, reply #5 of 11)

I was given this book as a gift but haven't made anything from it. I think I'll crack it open again now.

Lee's picture

(post #63000, reply #6 of 11)

I like the book, too, although I haven't yet cooked from it.  What have you made that you recommend?


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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63000, reply #11 of 11)

She has one or two good recipes, but most suck.