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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. 4 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 up 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. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Love this woman!! So good. I think I will roll out of the house when Covid 19 is done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    What's not to love about Ina Garten's yummy cook book for this difficult year. 2020 is the perfect time to treat yourself to comfort food and Ina's just the best friend cook we need to guide us through. Wonderful recipes, great photography. Instant classic.

  5. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Itasca Community Library

    Joni says: The Contessa strikes again! Leave it to Ms. Garten to give us what we need at just the right time – a new cookbook filled with recipes that have a modern take on comfort foods. What exactly is comfort food? The Barefoot Contessa says that “it’s food that’s not just nourishing but it’s also emotionally satisfying.” In other words, it really hits the spot! What Ms. Garten does is take a classic comfort food and bump it up a notch with a little twist of flavor that makes the dish even th Joni says: The Contessa strikes again! Leave it to Ms. Garten to give us what we need at just the right time – a new cookbook filled with recipes that have a modern take on comfort foods. What exactly is comfort food? The Barefoot Contessa says that “it’s food that’s not just nourishing but it’s also emotionally satisfying.” In other words, it really hits the spot! What Ms. Garten does is take a classic comfort food and bump it up a notch with a little twist of flavor that makes the dish even that much better. I’ve had this book checked out for just 3 weeks and have already made 12 of the recipes. Each and every one of them has turned out perfect and so delicious. My family and I have loved the Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, Skillet-roasted Chicken & Potatoes, Baked Rigatoni with Lamb Ragu, Fresh Corn Polenta, Chocolate-dipped Brown Sugar Shortbread, and Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. As with all of her cookbooks (12 of them now), this one has a gorgeous photo to accompany each well-written recipe. Additionally, a recipe index that is organized by meal is included; I find that extremely helpful as it’s often easier to peruse the list of lunch or desserts to find what you want. I think this is probably one of my favorite cookbooks of hers. I like it so much that I’m actually going to buy it; I know I’ll be reaching for this book quite often.

  8. 5 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

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    My first Ina cookbook. She's not particularly one of my favorite chef's so I've never really paid much attention to her cookbooks or show, but I can say that I was pleasantly impressed with this one! I borrowed it from the library, but I think I might need my own copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Guinan

    You cannot go wrong with an Ina recipe.

  11. 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.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I received Ina's new cookbook as a Good Reads give-away!!!!!!! I read cookbooks like I read fiction - cover to cover. Each recipe is like a new chapter. Every part of the day is represented with new recipes to try. With the title of Modern comfort Food you can try recipes that are not necessarily new but always with a touch of Ina elegance like her own special steak frajitas, smashed hamburgers with carmelized onions or skillet roasted chicken and potatoes. Each has its own special ingredients th I received Ina's new cookbook as a Good Reads give-away!!!!!!! I read cookbooks like I read fiction - cover to cover. Each recipe is like a new chapter. Every part of the day is represented with new recipes to try. With the title of Modern comfort Food you can try recipes that are not necessarily new but always with a touch of Ina elegance like her own special steak frajitas, smashed hamburgers with carmelized onions or skillet roasted chicken and potatoes. Each has its own special ingredients that make it very typically Ina Garten. There are more than several recipes that I am going to try. Of course, her tips and narratives are written directly to the reader. The pictures, as always in her cookbooks, are gorgeous 8 X 10 glossies that totally enhance the book. This cookbook will be a continuous big hit for me!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I'm planning to cook my way through this entire book. I adore all things Ina! I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway - thank you to Goodreads!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Lancia

    My most anticipated read this year and it lived up to every expectation! Bravo Ina!!

  18. 4 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!

  19. 4 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!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Another winning cookbook from Ina, full of just what we need in these times. I strongly recommend the hot spiced apple cider with some good bourbon!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Although I have plenty of her recipes pinned to various Pinterest boards I have, this is the first print cookbook of Ina's that I own. I enjoyed her commentary at the beginning of each chapter and the photography is top notch. I think I have about 30 recipes flagged to try and I'm sure they won't disappoint.

  22. 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...

  23. 4 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.

  24. 5 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Reading Countess

    About a month ago, I saw Jennifer Garner on IG hilariously (though it should be stated that it was completely unintentional) attempt to follow one of Ina’s newest recipes in her freshly published twelfth (!) cookbook. It was chicken and orzo. What could go wrong, right? Well, Jen pan cooked the chicken a little too much (read: slightly burned it), but all ended well with a slightly less appealing plating at the end. I should probably mention that Ina was patiently coaching from a Zoom screen. It About a month ago, I saw Jennifer Garner on IG hilariously (though it should be stated that it was completely unintentional) attempt to follow one of Ina’s newest recipes in her freshly published twelfth (!) cookbook. It was chicken and orzo. What could go wrong, right? Well, Jen pan cooked the chicken a little too much (read: slightly burned it), but all ended well with a slightly less appealing plating at the end. I should probably mention that Ina was patiently coaching from a Zoom screen. It was chaotic at best, and I made a mental note to check out Modern Comfort Food as soon as I could get my hands on a copy. With the world literally on shut down mode, her creative takes on drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and veggies couldn’t come at a better time. They are (mostly) doable for the newbie cooks, and include helpful side notes and product suggestions (though I usually am not a fan of that kind of thing, I honestly believe Ina suggests them to ensure a solid product comes out of the toil.) I’m especially confident that her tomato bisque and her vegetable spaghetti carbonara will be able to be recreated by this vegetarian cook. I might have filched a few recipes to try on my own before I returned my copy of this book back to the shelves of Libby, where five people are waiting patiently to borrow it, too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    William J.

    I won this wonderful cookbook from Goodreads First-reads and I was not disappointed. I've always been a fan of the barefoot contessa because she is so inspiring. This hardcover cookbook has fantastic recipes and beautiful photography. I tried several of the recipes from the table of contents which consists of cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables & sides, dessert and breakfast. The ultimate tuna melts and lobster blts were absolutely delicious. We have pomegranates on hand since it is pomegranate I won this wonderful cookbook from Goodreads First-reads and I was not disappointed. I've always been a fan of the barefoot contessa because she is so inspiring. This hardcover cookbook has fantastic recipes and beautiful photography. I tried several of the recipes from the table of contents which consists of cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables & sides, dessert and breakfast. The ultimate tuna melts and lobster blts were absolutely delicious. We have pomegranates on hand since it is pomegranate season so I had to make a pomegranate gimlet which I loved. The shrimp and linguine fra diavolo was superb. I also loved the roasted broccolini and cheddar. I also made the applesauce cake with bourbon raisins which was so heavenly. I can't wait to try more recipes. I highly recommend this cookbook and know that you won't be disappointed. In this day and age of the coronavirus it just makes sense to stay at home, prepare your own food and try new recipes especially when you have the barefoot contessa's cookbooks. I am enjoying this cookbook and I'm sure you will also.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Hicks

    I guess I should have expected this from a comfort food cookbook, but almost everything I made gave me a stomachache. There’s so much fat in everything! The crab nachos were weird together. The salsa was good, the dip was good, but the flavors didn’t complement well. The berry jam milkshake was the bomb. My kids loved it. My dairy free version was great. The tuna melt was so good but way too much Mayo. I’ll make it again with maybe 1/3 the Mayo and I bet it will be way better. The smashed eggs o I guess I should have expected this from a comfort food cookbook, but almost everything I made gave me a stomachache. There’s so much fat in everything! The crab nachos were weird together. The salsa was good, the dip was good, but the flavors didn’t complement well. The berry jam milkshake was the bomb. My kids loved it. My dairy free version was great. The tuna melt was so good but way too much Mayo. I’ll make it again with maybe 1/3 the Mayo and I bet it will be way better. The smashed eggs on toast is my new favorite lunch. Utah friends- her soft boiled egg recipe is for sea level! I wish she’d specified that. She says repeatedly that her times need to be followed EXACTLY and I did that and got weird liquidy egg whites! Oh and the cheesy chicken enchiladas were yucky. Way too much liquid so my tortillas dissolved. Also I love the pictures and smooth pages. It feels fancy. Nice writing style too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Yes, I read cookbooks cover to cover. I am weird like that! Those who know me know I am a huge fan of Ina's, like so many other people. Where Julia Child taught others' to cook, Ina taught me. I have never made one of her recipes and not loved it. Not just liked...but loved it. Her technique and seasoning proportions are always spot on and are what makes each dish delicious. Her newest book is no different and may be one of my favorites because comfort food is my favorite. I've made several recip Yes, I read cookbooks cover to cover. I am weird like that! Those who know me know I am a huge fan of Ina's, like so many other people. Where Julia Child taught others' to cook, Ina taught me. I have never made one of her recipes and not loved it. Not just liked...but loved it. Her technique and seasoning proportions are always spot on and are what makes each dish delicious. Her newest book is no different and may be one of my favorites because comfort food is my favorite. I've made several recipes from this book and my family has loved each one. We grill pizzas a lot and her Brussels Sprouts pizza is a-mazing. And the Crispy Chicken with Lemon Orzo....yum, yum, yum. Looking for a new recipe that everyone will love? You just can't go wrong trusting one of Ina's recipes.

  29. 5 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...

  30. 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!

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