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Title:
Make it ahead : a Barefoot Contessa cookbook
ISBN:
9780307464880

9780770434496
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
272 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Contents:
Thank you! -- Make it ahead -- Cocktails -- To start -- Lunch -- Dinner -- Vegetables -- Dessert -- Breakfast -- Make-ahead menus.
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Summary:
"For the first time, trusted and beloved cookbook author Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, answers the number one question she receives from cooks: Can I make it ahead? If you've ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, she has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you're hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good--or even better!--when they're made in advance. In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rose Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette for Winter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina's Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipes for the biggest cooking day of the year--Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life. With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa"--
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Whether you're hosting a dinner for company or just want to spruce up your weeknight repertoire, Ina shares recipes perfect for making ahead, so meals are stress-free yet still deliver deep flavor. Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup can be made on the weekend and reheated midweek to rave reviews. Freeze Leek and Ham Empanadas and bake when needed. Season chicken a day ahead, pop in the fridge, and get ready for the crispiest skin and juiciest meat you've ever tasted in a roast chicken. The flavor of Braised Red Cabbage with Pancetta actually improves when the dish is made in advance. And everyone needs the recipe for Ina's decadent (and gluten-free) chocolate cake that sits beautifully-if you can wait at all to eat it!


Author Notes

Ina Garten is a regular columnist in O, The Oprah Magazine, and appears on the Today show. Ina lives in East Hampton, New York, and Southport, Connecticut.

Ina Garten was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 2, 1948. She studied economics at Syracuse University and received a MBA at George Washington University. She worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

In 1978, she left her job and bought a specialty food store in the Hamptons called Barefoot Contessa. She sold the store in 1996 and went on to write The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook in 1999. Her other cookbooks include Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot Contessa at Home, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, and Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. She also writes columns for House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has been the host of the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa program since 2002.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Garten offers smart solutions with over 75 recipes for make-in-advance dishes. Recipes are suited for both family weeknight fare meal planning and for special occasions. There are cocktails, from margaritas to martinis, and plenty of platters and soups for starters, including a wild mushroom and farro soup and walnut roqueforta "topped warm fig and arugula salad. For lunch, ham and leek empanadas can be filled, wrapped, and kept up to three days in the fridge and three months in the freezer before baking. Garten provides lots of casseroles, hearty grain and vegetable sides, and desserts. She also guides cooks through a complete make-ahead Thanksgiving feast. Recipe sidebars show make-ahead information for packing and storage and the number of days ahead the dish can be prepared before cooking or serving. Recipes are designed both as dishes for immediate consumption or make-ahead meals. Garten provides 10 make-ahead tips for parties, and there are essays on baking, presentation, and proper freezing methods, along with sample make-ahead menus for entertaining. A secret kitchen sidekick, the Barefoot Contessa quells the last-minute fears of those who entertain. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Finally, a professional cook who understands the time constraints of working folks and realizes that few today can spend eight-plus hours at one time prepping for a dinner party. No surprise that Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, and author of nine cookbooks, gets the picture. In her latest cookbook, the 100 recipes know no ethnic boundaries; a Moroccan tagine happily shares pages with a leek-and-artichoke bread pudding and a skillet brownie. But what all her dishes have in common, besides the sharing of personal memories, is the ability to become even more flavorful over time, once tastes and spices meld. Every dish features not only the standard directions, list of ingredients, and good color photograph; each also includes notes about what can be fabricated in advance, whether it's batter sitting in a refrigerator or a three-course meal ready for warming. Throughout, her tips and tricks, from a sidebar to one page, will simply help transform the cooking and the entertaining; she'll recommend storing pasta sauce in plastic freezer bags as well as spotlight the 10 make-ahead tips for parties. A quieter, simpler, more accessible version of Martha Stewart in the kitchen. Make-ahead meals appended.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2014 Booklist