After more than twenty years of running Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, Ina Garten published her first collection of recipes. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" was an overnight sensation, but it's the kind of success that can only be grounded in years of experience. In it, Ina shared her ideas for familiar food but with outstanding flavor and -- most important of all -- recipes that really work.
Now, with "Barefoot Contessa Parties " Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver. The keyword here is fun. Ina's parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won't end. With Ina's advice, you're certain to have all your friends saying, "Wasn't that fun "
Ina has packed "Barefoot Contessa Parties " with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, stories about her own parties, and tips on assembling food (rather than cooking everything) and organizing like a caterer. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas. Come summer, it's into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pita sandwiches that guests assemble themselves. In the autumn, when it's not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with popovers and a creamy spinach gratin. And on a snowy winter's day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup.
Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e-mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food. She's reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake--the ultimate breakfast treat. Salads? The red lettuce, balsamic onions, and blue cheese; Chinese chicken salad; and panzanella may be the best you've ever tasted. Filet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good gorgonzola sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party. And fans of "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book.
With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.
About the Author
Sarah Leah Chase, who founded the Massachusetts specialty food shop and catering business Que Sera Sarah, collaborated on "The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook". Her other books include "Nantucket Open-House Cookbook" and "Cold-Weather Cooking". Currently she writes a weekly food column for "Nantucket's Inquirer "and "Mirror "newspaper and is recipe consultant to Ina Garten. Sarah and her husband, Nigel, are the owners of Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine seasoning blends. They live with their son on Cape Cod.
Paula Pryke runs a successful flower business which has a reputation for innovative floral designs. Renowned as an artist who can turn a bunch of flowers into a fashion statement, she is Sir Terence Conran's choice for the floral decoration of his design and restaurant empire. She runs a flower-arranging school in London, and has written numerous best-selling illustrated books on her art.
James Merrell is one of the leading book and magazine photographers in Britain, specializing in interiors, still life, food, and flowers. His photographs appear regularly in international publications such as "Elle," "The World of Interiors," "House Beautiful," "House & Garden," and "Maison et Jardin."