Barefoot Contessa Family Style

(book, Ina Garten)

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h4. From the author

Over the past three years, I've been lucky enough to be asked to speak to groups all over the country and I've met wonderful people. Each time I try to ask my audience, "What kinds of recipes would you like to have?" The response is always the same: people want more easy recipes that they can make for their families — and for the dear friends they consider close enough to be family.

This idea of family is behind much of what defines my cooking style. I want everyone who comes to my house to feel like family. I'll share with you lots of the ways I do this when I entertain, setting the stage (or the table) for sharing, connecting, and creating a true sense of community.

People who have had this experience with you will go home feeling nurtured and loved, and the good news is, so will you. I hope this book helps you discover the pleasure of easy entertaining.
Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash
Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Gravy
Banana Sour Cream Pancakes