Saturday, July 19, 2014

Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You CAN Make at Home by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is best known for her wildly popular Food Network show The Barefoot Contessa. Barefoot in Paris takes her to France where she proves just how easy French cooking can be. So often we think of French food as fancy and complicated, but every recipe in this cookbook has minimal ingredients and simple steps, making the home cook feel comfortable navigating French cuisine.

Not only are the recipes simple, but so are the page layouts and photographs. There is very little fanfare on the page, emphasizing the theme of simplicity.

My one criticism of the book is that most of these recipes have already made an appearance on her show, so there is nothing new or exciting that Ina brings to this cookbook, other than it's just a collection of her already aired recipes. Seeing as how I can pretty much access all of these recipes on, there isn't much motivation for me to actually purchase this cookbook. It is, however, a lovely book to peruse at the bookstore or check out at the library.

Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home by Ina Garten
Published: November 1, 2004
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Pages: 240
Genre: Cookery
Audience: Adults
Disclosure: Library Copy

If you buy this book or any book through Amazon, it is my hope that you also regularly patronize independent bookstores, which are important centerpieces of thriving communities. While I am an Amazon Affiliate, that by no means implies that I only buy my books through their website. Please make sure you are still helping small, independent bookstores thrive in your community. To locate an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.  


  1. Since I don't watch the show, this might be a good way to get French cooking into my kitchen. I keep meaning for that to happen and it hasn't yet. Simplicity might be the answer.

    Joy's Book Blog

  2. I saw this at Costco yesterday but didn't have time to open it. Rush rush rush back to work, haha. I like many of her recipes but I see what you mean about checking it out of the library

  3. I haven't seen her show either, so a book with all the recipes in one place would hold more appeal. Thanks for the introduction to Ina.

  4. For another accessible way into French cooking I recommend Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. Cheers from CArole's Chatter

  5. I love Ina Garten's recipes and even though many of her recipes are available on line, I still wouldn't hesitate to buy! I have several of her books, but I'm not sure I own this one.

  6. I use so many of Barefoot Contessa's recipes, she is one of my favorites.

  7. I had this book on my wishlist for quite a while so good to read your feedback. Perhaps I will just check it out from the library instead.