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A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America's favorite home cook! In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites--but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina's Creamy Tomato Bisque), A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America's favorite home cook! In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites--but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina's Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron! There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You'll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you'll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina's dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining--it's like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way. From cocktails to dessert, from special weekend breakfasts to quick weeknight dinners, you'll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.


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A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America's favorite home cook! In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites--but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina's Creamy Tomato Bisque), A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America's favorite home cook! In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites--but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina's Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron! There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You'll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you'll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina's dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining--it's like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way. From cocktails to dessert, from special weekend breakfasts to quick weeknight dinners, you'll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.

30 review for Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Perfect pandemic reading for those of us living a quarantine life, especially when married to a man who had no interest in going out even during before times. Recipes for all mealtimes and desserts. Already tried a few with one satisfied grunt from the loner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Twelve cookbooks in, Ina Garten's recipes still have that wow factor. To wit, I've bookmarked more than half the book with Post-Its for future culinary adventures. With what couldn't be a more timely release for the season we're in (it's the first book I've read that references the pandemic), Ina is serving up exactly what we all need — comfort food. Of course, this isn't any ol' comfort food. My Mom may have made pot roast regularly, but never with red wine and cognac. We had our fair share of n Twelve cookbooks in, Ina Garten's recipes still have that wow factor. To wit, I've bookmarked more than half the book with Post-Its for future culinary adventures. With what couldn't be a more timely release for the season we're in (it's the first book I've read that references the pandemic), Ina is serving up exactly what we all need — comfort food. Of course, this isn't any ol' comfort food. My Mom may have made pot roast regularly, but never with red wine and cognac. We had our fair share of nachos on Game Day, too, but none were topped with jumbo lump crab. This book is exactly what we'd expect for Ina and yet it holds a few surprises. I never expected a chicken enchilada recipe from her (but oh how I can't wait to try them). Ditto for garlic bread, vanilla cold brew coffee, or a new take on a classic tomato bisque. Whether you're a beginner or someone who whips multiple meals a day, Ina's helpful tips are the difference between a decent result and something that's sublime. And despite decades of experience, it was fun hearing that she's been struggling to perfect a recipe that's been in process for years — Boston Cream Pie. If it took her this long to sign off on it, you know it's going to be good. Those personal stories, not to mention a wide array of cuisine with influences from all around the world, are what make Modern Comfort Food such a delight. Note: I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate Guinan

    You cannot go wrong with an Ina recipe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I used to watch Ina on cable and she was such a joy to watch. She had this calmness about her and the way that she moved through the kitchen, putting her recipes together, it all seemed so easy. I've tried a few of her recipes and they've been great, so I thought I would love this cookbook. I also love cookbooks. I have quite a few cookbooks (my husband thinks I have too many) and I also subscribe to some cooking magazines, but I like to read and try different things (within reason). When I saw I used to watch Ina on cable and she was such a joy to watch. She had this calmness about her and the way that she moved through the kitchen, putting her recipes together, it all seemed so easy. I've tried a few of her recipes and they've been great, so I thought I would love this cookbook. I also love cookbooks. I have quite a few cookbooks (my husband thinks I have too many) and I also subscribe to some cooking magazines, but I like to read and try different things (within reason). When I saw "Modern Comfort", I thought who doesn't love comfort food? You know how some people definitions are different? I think this is one of them. I love many things about this cookbook but the recipes themselves, they just don't do much for me. I'll get to that in a minute but let's talk about what's great about this cookbook. The cookbook is very attractive and pleasing to look at. It's definitely a heavy one too, with 256 pages. I liked the smooth, glossy pages and the page count includes the two recipe indexes yes, I said two! She has included one A - Z index and one index that breaks the dishes into their specific categories. These categories include breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, vegetables & sides, and desserts. The author also made a reference to these categories at the bottom of each page, down by the page number, so you know where you’re at when you’re looking inside the cookbook. I like these little extra touches. Each recipe gets a 2-page spread with the recipe on one side and a picture on the other. Detailed, step-by-step directions are easy to follow and each recipe includes a small paragraph about the recipe too. The recipe includes how many it will serve but not the individual serving size. It might say, "Serves 6" but it doesn't say how big each serving size is. The book itself is set up by categories, the ones I mentioned earlier. The first section is Cocktails. Listed on one page, it has all the recipes for that section. I thought it would have been nice, had she also listed the page number for each cocktail on this page. I know that the recipes go in sequence according to this list, and I know that I can go back to the indexes but having it here would be helpful. I found there were only about 5-6 dishes inside this cookbook that I found comforting. When I was thinking “comforting”, I was thinking pasta, meat, potatoes, salads, soup and “modern” to me meant, making these foods healthy and/or easier to prepare. This is where I was confused. I found inside this cookbook Brussels Sprouts Pizza Carbonara, Roasted Shishito Peppers with Easy Hollandaise, Maine Lobster Stew, English Lemon Posset, and Pomegranate Gimlets. These didn’t sound comforting to me. These seemed rather fancy to my everyday life. It’s a beauty of a cookbook but it’s just not one that would get much use at my house. 3.5 rounding up to 4 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashani Hettige

    This fall,comfort food has a new synonym !! Its Ina Garten ! The chapters spans on topics of Cocktails,lunch,dinner,vegetables and sides,desserts and finishes with breakfast. But this does not mean that this book don't fit into other seasons(frozen Palomas for hot summers? Who knew!!!) I just can't think of the next summer without that robust looking Potato galettes with smoked salmon !!! I want every bit of her fresh crab nachos. And how clever is chicken potpie soup? !!! Winter I'm so ready thi This fall,comfort food has a new synonym !! Its Ina Garten ! The chapters spans on topics of Cocktails,lunch,dinner,vegetables and sides,desserts and finishes with breakfast. But this does not mean that this book don't fit into other seasons(frozen Palomas for hot summers? Who knew!!!) I just can't think of the next summer without that robust looking Potato galettes with smoked salmon !!! I want every bit of her fresh crab nachos. And how clever is chicken potpie soup? !!! Winter I'm so ready this year. I made the tomato and goat cheese galette and its was so sublime in flavor and was so easy to make !!! Her ultimate beef stew is the next I want to make from this book. If you are planning an Italian themed Thanksgiving this year, the Tuscan Turkey roulade is definitely worth a try ! I have never heard about baked cod with garlic and her Ritz crumbs ! Its like crowning the Ritz cracker crumbs !! I think they loved being laden in the rich soupy concoction ! Desserts section is as sweet as ever... Milk chocolate Oreo ice cream looks so tempting. Her banana rum trifle sounds like the perfect Christmas to me.Bittersweet chocolate cake shows a crackling crust. May be I should try to eat it right away as I write this ! I can't even pen more words o the breakfast section ! Way to irresistible !! The little helpful notes and tips are so easy to keep up and doable even though you have never been into a kitchen to cook ! I think that's the magic of Ina making comfort food this season a game changer ! Ultimately makes your cooking done in COMFORT . This review is unbiased and free. Thank you so much Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed press for the free copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    J. Dotson

    Ina does it again! I don’t know how she managed to make a book that not only has beautiful pictures, her warm and comforting words (so needed right now), and recipes that all—as in every one!—sound delicious and straightforward. Yet she has. Thank you, Ina, for giving us just what we needed at the right time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    She can do no wrong in my eyes, this is pure comfort food.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I love Ina! Can’t wait to try her crab nachos, spicy pimento cheese, and Boston Cream Pie! Super Yum! There is also a tomato soup I’m excited about. If you are fan of Ina, you’ll love this book. Just remember, some of her ingredients are what I call fancy and might have to be ordered on line.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Cooking is truly a labor of love and there is nothing I love more than cooking for my fiancé, family, and friends. While this book is full of comforting dishes, Ina really touches on something that is so relevant to today. We are stronger together and nothing unites people like delicious food. Ina is literally the Queen of the kitchen. I own all of her cookbooks and have probably made over 50 of her recipes. They are simple, straight-forward, perfectly seasoned, and turn out every single time. I Cooking is truly a labor of love and there is nothing I love more than cooking for my fiancé, family, and friends. While this book is full of comforting dishes, Ina really touches on something that is so relevant to today. We are stronger together and nothing unites people like delicious food. Ina is literally the Queen of the kitchen. I own all of her cookbooks and have probably made over 50 of her recipes. They are simple, straight-forward, perfectly seasoned, and turn out every single time. I cannot recommend her recipes enough... if you actually follow them, she leaves very little room for error. I watched a short documentary on her strategy and apparently she tests her recipes over and over and over again, changing the variables every time, to ensure that no matter what they will turn out. I can't wait to start cooking many of the recipes in this book! I'm definitely going to start with that Lamb Ragu...

  10. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    If your kitchen bookshelf is like mine, you probably don’t have room for yet another cookbook. But how can you resist such comforting inspiration? In these difficult times, food and the people we nourish are what shine a light in the darkness. As Garten says, “food can be so much more than simple sustenance.” The Barefoot Contessa is back with the joy and comfort that sustains us, now and, hopefully, in a not-too-distant, brighter future. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2020/10/06/ If your kitchen bookshelf is like mine, you probably don’t have room for yet another cookbook. But how can you resist such comforting inspiration? In these difficult times, food and the people we nourish are what shine a light in the darkness. As Garten says, “food can be so much more than simple sustenance.” The Barefoot Contessa is back with the joy and comfort that sustains us, now and, hopefully, in a not-too-distant, brighter future. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2020/10/06/upgra...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    E-cookbooks are a little tough to evaluate, especially advanced copies that leave out some measurements or ingredients and have strange formatting. But it wasn't hard to get the flavor of Ina Garten's new book for her own spin on comfort foods. Comfort foods are my weakness so this played well in Michelle-land, and though I couldn't try out any of the incomplete recipes from my copy, I look forward to trying some out when it comes out. What I find most valuable are Ms Garten's tips and tricks. T E-cookbooks are a little tough to evaluate, especially advanced copies that leave out some measurements or ingredients and have strange formatting. But it wasn't hard to get the flavor of Ina Garten's new book for her own spin on comfort foods. Comfort foods are my weakness so this played well in Michelle-land, and though I couldn't try out any of the incomplete recipes from my copy, I look forward to trying some out when it comes out. What I find most valuable are Ms Garten's tips and tricks. This will be a huge seller for Christmas, I'm sure!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara Brockunier

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book! I mean what's not to love about an ina Garten cookbook. Are the recipes super elegant?...no. But, they are super good. I found myself playing with sticky notes planning which I wanted to make sooner than later. Having watched Ina over the years on Food Network ... she has been a reassuring voice when it came to my cooking skills and her recipes have never disappointed. This cookbook doesn't disappoint either. `I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a fr I loved this book! I mean what's not to love about an ina Garten cookbook. Are the recipes super elegant?...no. But, they are super good. I found myself playing with sticky notes planning which I wanted to make sooner than later. Having watched Ina over the years on Food Network ... she has been a reassuring voice when it came to my cooking skills and her recipes have never disappointed. This cookbook doesn't disappoint either. `I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.`

  13. 5 out of 5

    Reading Fool

    Ina Garten is one of my favorite celebrity chefs and I was looking forward to the publication of this book. It isn't her best but it still deserves four stars for its easy recipes and great photos. Loved the Baked Rigatoni with Lamb Ragu - comfort food at its best. And I highly recommend the Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. Seriously. This will be a nice gift book to give during the upcoming holdidays. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Modern Comfort Foodis a delight to read and the photographs in themselves are a feast for the eyes. Ina’s stories make you want to start planning your next party ASAP. While I enjoyed paging through the cookbook, there probably is not one recipe I will prepare....too calorie laden and being plant-based there weren’t too many that would even fit into my eating plant. Nonetheless, it was a beautifully crafted cookbook.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Ina never ceases to amaze and excite. There are some really awesome takes on classic soup recipes that I cannot wait to try. I always love how she has cute little stories in between recipes and just tips on being a good host and the effect you can have on people’s mood with food. Love love love! Great cookbook to cook through while stuck in for the fall/winter seasons.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Roberts

    Ina makes things easy.. I have found lots of great recipes in this cookbook. For a novice this would still be something to take them out of there comfort zone but nothing crazy and things you can find food stuffs wise. If you can’t eat this or that you can always substitute. Her books are great as is her show. This is a lovely addition to your cookbook repertoire.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    I really love her show and recipes but she loves coffee liqueur and coffee granules and frequently pigs them in her desserts. I hate the taste of coffee but trying the dessert without it means it's "meh."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    It's not secret that I love comfort food and there are some really great recipes in this collection. From fig and cheese toasts to spicy pimento cheese spread to smashed eggs on toast, I found a lot of things I want to try. I bet you will, too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Goss

    What a lovely cookbook to add to my collection. A couple of the recipes had me wondering, "Why didn't I think about that?" They were beautifully simple with a combination of quality ingredients. Ina is a gem and I love all of her books!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Love this new cookbook from Ina! Great recipes with a fresh perspective on traditional recipes that bring a sense of comfort and care. Exactly what we need right now. I've made several recipes including the Cheesy Enchiladas and the Peach Almond Torte. So delicious!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maranda

    Another Ina classic! I have every one of her cookbooks and excited to see so many new wonderful recipes in this one. Excited to cook my way through it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Trish Fibs

    An instant favorite that has gained a spot on my kitchen shelf.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Pictures of recipes? Yes. Commentary on recipes? Yes. Nutrition facts? No. Recipe Style? Usual Ina. Any keepers? Yes, several.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    And yes, I read cookbooks from cover to cover!

  25. 4 out of 5

    LisaY

    Really a 4.5 love her cookbooks! I already want to cook my way through her book. I am adding her recipes to my meal plan each week. Something to look forward to and comfort all the way.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Sulick-Morecraft

    Truly comforting at a time of stress

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Recent purchase. Some good recipes-have tried two so far (stew and pan roasted chicken and potatoes). Delicious and easy to make. Off to a good start.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    There wasn’t a single recipe in this book that I didn’t want to try. Perfect food for a long, grey Seattle winter. Can’t wait to get started!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Earle

    I have yet to make anything from this book, but I love the layout and the stories Ina tells in it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rumack

    3.5 stars - Not my favorite recipes - BUT - BAREFOOT CONTESSA - I LOVE HER - enough said -

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