In Garten's latest Barefoot Contessa volume, How Easy Is That? she has put together a collection of some of her simplest and most elegant recipes interspersed with 68 tips to help with ease of entertaining, ranging from selection of the best equipment, to table setting, and seating plans.
In an effort to see just how easy How Easy Is That? makes entertaining, we planned and cooked a meal consisting entirely of recipes from the book, and I have to say it was one of the most effortless meals I've cooked in a while—an impressive dinner for six, five dishes in less than three hours, including prep and shopping time. We'll start out with savory Stilton and Walnut Crackers followed by a Celery and Parmesan Salad. The main course will be an impressive Easy Provancal Lamb and Basil Potato Purée. And we'll finish with a Cranberry and Apple Cake.
Win 'Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?
Thanks to the generous folks over at Clarkson Potter, we are giving away five (5) copies of Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? this week. All you have to do is tell us about the simplest and most elegant meal that you make at home in the comments section below.