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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Cookbooks

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
By Ina Garten
(Clarkson Potter, 2012)

Ina Garten, TVs acclaimed Barefoot Contessa, has written several cookbooks, but her latest, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, makes the list due to the ease and variety of the recipes. Garten does more than tell you how to make a dish; she walks you through planning a meal from start to finish and shows you how to coordinate everything so that it reaches the table on time. Garten is known for pairing simplicity with big flavor, and the recipes in this work are no exception.  This infinitely practical book contains over 100 easy-to-prepare dishes such as mussels with saffron mayo, penne alla vecchia bettola (penne with vodka) and foolproof ribs with barbecue sauce. Garten also includes plenty of glossy illustrations and detailed notes on everything from how to fix a recipe gone astray to preparing dishes in advance.

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