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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. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I read a Goodreads award winner! And actually agreed with the choice for once. I had been on the waitlist at the library for this little sucker forever and a day and I finally got it. I mean Barefoot Contessa and Comfort Foods? During the worst year ever? I LOVE this cookbook. I screen shot the heck outta it but I'm going to be honest. I want a copy of this one. My tastes changes randomly and I know I'll be mad if I don't have every single recipe in my hungry little hands. I did go ahead I read a Goodreads award winner! And actually agreed with the choice for once. I had been on the waitlist at the library for this little sucker forever and a day and I finally got it. I mean Barefoot Contessa and Comfort Foods? During the worst year ever? I LOVE this cookbook. I screen shot the heck outta it but I'm going to be honest. I want a copy of this one. My tastes changes randomly and I know I'll be mad if I don't have every single recipe in my hungry little hands. I did go ahead and make the Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chipolte Orange Butter...and OMG those suckers were delish. I ate the last two cold out of the fridge.

  2. 5 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.

  3. 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 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Nice photos, but I don't know if having the book was better than online recipes unless you want to cook through the whole book. Many recipes sound good, like the lemon orzo recipe, but have a lot of steps. Nice photos, but I don't know if having the book was better than online recipes unless you want to cook through the whole book. Many recipes sound good, like the lemon orzo recipe, but have a lot of steps.

  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

    Lorraine

    Comfort food - what a delightful thought! Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food Cookbook arrives on the scene at the end of a very difficult year. The author acknowledges this pandemic’ year in her introduction, and she wants to give people comfort food with a modern twist to help everyone deal with all that goes with staying at home and not visiting friends or having a party during this holiday season. She hopes people will read her book and make healthier comfort food instead of reaching for a pint Comfort food - what a delightful thought! Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food Cookbook arrives on the scene at the end of a very difficult year. The author acknowledges this pandemic’ year in her introduction, and she wants to give people comfort food with a modern twist to help everyone deal with all that goes with staying at home and not visiting friends or having a party during this holiday season. She hopes people will read her book and make healthier comfort food instead of reaching for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Iac Cream. Actually, she states Haagen Daz in her book, but I mentioned B & J’s Cookie Dough ice Cream because it is a favorite of mine! The author presents recipes the she hopes will be “not just nourishing but it’s also emotionally satisfying.” I will admit that I wish to try some of her recipes such as Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Creamy Tomato Bisque, Baked Raclette (a “decadent potato, sausage, and cheese dish” flavored by Swiss, French, and Spanish foods.), Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, Emily’s English Roasted Potatoes, Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and, most definitely, Apple Cinnamon, Dutch Baby which I know as German Pancakes which are truly a feast for your tastebuds. This author has given us a healthier way to weather this pandemic! Thank you, Ms. Garten! 4.25 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

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

  8. 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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

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

  10. 5 out of 5

    KC

    Ina is the master of easy and approachable cooking.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Ina Garten, one of my favorite TV cooks, offers this new recipe collection. Grouped into cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables & sides, dessert, and breakfast, featured menu items include cider and alcoholic beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, pasta dishes, seafood, vegetable "casseroles" such as ones you'd find at a church potluck, cookies, cakes, Boston cream pie, cereals, muffins, hash browns, and even iced coffee. Everyone will find something of interest. I've made dishes similar to some of Ina Garten, one of my favorite TV cooks, offers this new recipe collection. Grouped into cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables & sides, dessert, and breakfast, featured menu items include cider and alcoholic beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, pasta dishes, seafood, vegetable "casseroles" such as ones you'd find at a church potluck, cookies, cakes, Boston cream pie, cereals, muffins, hash browns, and even iced coffee. Everyone will find something of interest. I've made dishes similar to some of these, but I'm certain to try a few of these in the new year. I may deviate from her recipes when they call for something like mustard or mushrooms, ingredients I can eat but don't really like well enough to want to add in a dish. (Besides I'm allergic to funguses, so avoiding mushrooms is something I should do.) Those things are easy enough to leave out, and sometimes an ingredient substitution can be made. I love Ina's cookbooks, and this one combines great photography with usable recipes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Love Ina's warm writing and delicious recipes. This book was a comfort in this awful year. Love Ina's warm writing and delicious recipes. This book was a comfort in this awful year.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mellie Antoinette

    So here are all the things I’ve eaten so far: Sarah Kieffer’s Chocolate Chip Cookies w/ a sprinkling of sea salt. 🍪 Pan seared chicken with a deglaze pan sauce Lemon & Orzo Feta. And then I dusted off and cracked open Cooking with Jeffrey to round out the meal with stuffed squash and fried cream corn and honestly I’m just stuffed! But in a happy, good comfort kind of way.

  17. 4 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. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate Guinan

    You cannot go wrong with an Ina recipe.

  19. 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. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kris Patrick

    🤤🤤🤤 I think I could handle making the croutons and the breakfast tacos. That’s it

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The Goodreads Cookbook of the Year! Excited to get started cooking our way through this book in 2021 - Stay tuned for recipe ratings! Cocktails: 5/12 Recipes Completed Ultimate Bloody Marys (1/5) Pomegranate Gimlets (4/5) Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip (3/5) Cacio e Pepe Cheese Puffs (4/5) Grilled Oysters with Lemon Dill Butter (2/5)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashani

    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.

  24. 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!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Connie Ciampanelli

    I love to cook and bake, especially with uncomplicated recipes. Ina Garten's cookbooks unfailingly fill the bill. My indulgent better half gave me Garten's cookbook, Modern Comfort Food for my birthday earlier this month, a gift which completed my collection of all twelve of her books. As beautiful to browse as they are fun to cook from, I drooled over all 250+ gorgeous pages of this newest volume and can't wait to dip into these enticing recipes. A must have for anyone who loves cooking or cookb I love to cook and bake, especially with uncomplicated recipes. Ina Garten's cookbooks unfailingly fill the bill. My indulgent better half gave me Garten's cookbook, Modern Comfort Food for my birthday earlier this month, a gift which completed my collection of all twelve of her books. As beautiful to browse as they are fun to cook from, I drooled over all 250+ gorgeous pages of this newest volume and can't wait to dip into these enticing recipes. A must have for anyone who loves cooking or cookbooks.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Ina continues to be my best friend at meal time although she's blissfully unaware of this fact. Her recipes entice me to try food I normally don't eat. I'm cooking 5 nights a week thanks to COVID -- and am always looking for delicious meals that aren't part of a routine. My faves from this book so far -- Crispy Chicken with Lemon Orzo, Ultimate Beef Stew, the Salmorejo (gazpacho like), and the chicken pot pie soup. Perfect comfort foods for an uncomfortable time. Ina continues to be my best friend at meal time although she's blissfully unaware of this fact. Her recipes entice me to try food I normally don't eat. I'm cooking 5 nights a week thanks to COVID -- and am always looking for delicious meals that aren't part of a routine. My faves from this book so far -- Crispy Chicken with Lemon Orzo, Ultimate Beef Stew, the Salmorejo (gazpacho like), and the chicken pot pie soup. Perfect comfort foods for an uncomfortable time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    This is another cookbook I read cover to cover while I couldn't focus on fiction. I just love Ina Garten!! It's funny because I grew up watching her show as a kid but as an adult I truly love her recipes! This is the perfect cookbook for 2020 because HELLO COMFORT FOOD. I can't wait to try the lemon orzo and chocolate ice cream and everything else! If you're an Ina fan this isn't one to miss. This is another cookbook I read cover to cover while I couldn't focus on fiction. I just love Ina Garten!! It's funny because I grew up watching her show as a kid but as an adult I truly love her recipes! This is the perfect cookbook for 2020 because HELLO COMFORT FOOD. I can't wait to try the lemon orzo and chocolate ice cream and everything else! If you're an Ina fan this isn't one to miss.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Wasn’t what I thought it would be. I love to cook but I don’t see myself making many of these recipes. Beautiful photography but the recipes leave a lot to be desired. Definitely not my idea of “comfort food”.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Honestly, what is not to love about a beautiful cookbook full of accessible, yet still beautiful, recipes centered on modern comfort food? Perfect timing with COVID 19, and after a zillion cookbooks, Ina still manages to produce creative, delicious, and fresh content.

  30. 4 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! 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!

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