Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina GartenMake It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

byIna Garten

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

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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 Rosé 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.
INA GARTEN is the host of the Emmy Award–winning Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network and a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her ninth book. Visit Ina at
Title:Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa CookbookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10.31 × 7.74 × 0.85 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Potter/TenSpeed/HarmonyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307464881

ISBN - 13:9780307464880

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Customer Reviews of Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my fave from Ina I have most of Ina's book and this one definitely ranks on the lower in her list of cookbooks. A lot of the recipes feel like rehashes of old ones and many are just plain boring. If you're going to own one book from Ina, do not choose this one
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make it Ahead Brought this book because I'm a fan of her TV show Barefoot Contessa. Most of these dishes can be made ahead on the weekend and put in the freezer so I can take them out during the weekdays
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Love Barefoot and this book, great recipe ideas
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Easy to follow and great recipies
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad book I already had several of the authors books when I saw this one. Well...who does not want to make life easier if they can. While the recipes are good, they are not really all that new or different from what is in the other books. If you simply give it some thought you can figure out for yourself whether something can be made ahead or not. Alas, I will not be buying any more of her books but someone who does not have any would find this book a help.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Love being able to make these meals ahead of time. Quick and easy to make. Loved the pictures in the book, it makes it easier to pick what to make.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great cookbook and such beautiful pictures! I am never disappointed with Ina's cookbooks as they are easy to follow and delicious recipes!
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Ina!! Love Ina's cookbooks as they are easy to follow and the food is fantastic. Plus, she is so down to earth, how can you not love learning from her!
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a MUST HAVE in your recipe book collection! I have almost all of Ina's cookbooks and this one is so awesome for the new or experienced entertainers who would love to have more time to spend with your guests. I use this book all the time and highly recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute gem of a cookbook!!! I can`t speak highly enough about this cookbook....a definite must-have! I ordered the cookbook in hopes of getting new ideas for our big family Christmas dinner and it was heaven sent!!! Not only was every recipe absolutely delicious (received many compliments), but it helped me organize all the planning and preparations perfectly, so that I could enjoy myself during the celebrations and without being stressed before hand. Sooo pleased!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was happy. The book I bought came on time and I was happy. I do like to shop in my local Indigo more than on line, I find it helpful when I am unable to get out. I do have one complaint. I find checking out to be difficult a times because the clicks sometimes do not always lead you to checkout. I have given up at times and either bought the books in store or have had to go to other sites. I much prefer to use indigo as I really like the Bay Bloor store as well as the company. Marlene Pollock Sheff
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a bit of a re-run I'm a huge Ina fan. I do have all but one of her cookbooks and I use them frequently. The recipes work and I often get plenty of compliments on the food. I do however feel like there are quite a few repeats in the last couple of books. There may be a twist added but not enough to keep buying the books. This makes me sad as I love Ina!
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner As always, Ina has given us a wonderful new cookbook with beautiful pictures, easy to follow and delicious recipes.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book As expected, the food photography is spectacular in this cookbook. If you are looking for make ahead freezer recipes, you will be disappointed. However, there are many good tips for "making ahead' when entertaining. I've made the overnight Belgian Waffles which are a make ahead and very good. I also made the French Chicken Pot Pie....YUM....except I used left over roast pork. I will be trying the Easy Coquilles Saint Jacques sometime during the Christmas season. I have made the make ahead goat cheese mashed potatoes...except I used cream cheese instead, because I do not like goat cheese. Excellent. And I did do it as a make ahead one day before company came. I also froze the leftovers. We will see how they do reheated. If you are an Ina fan, you will like this cookbook.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The latest Ina Book! I love this book, to the point that I've bought one for a friends Birthday! So many great tips and such a grand book to prepare for the up coming season and anytime one needs to cook for a crowd and still be able to enjoy the company!!
Date published: 2014-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ina never disappoints Beautiful photos, love all the tips and stories. Have only tried a couple of recipes and they were delicious.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another triumph for Ina So many wonderful, useful and easy to follow recipes.
Date published: 2014-11-24