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Ina Garten Kindle Books

As Thanksgiving is almost here, Google has displayed one of their special Google Doodle logos about Thanksgiving recipes. The doodle specifically highlights chef Ina Garten. I took a quick look in the Kindle store and lo and behold – none of the 13 books Ina Garten has published is available on Kindle. Wouldn’t it have been great if some one like me, having learned about her books on such a short notice could get these books “in under 60 seconds” on my Kindle and surprise my guests tomorrow with something special?

The good news is that “Tell the publisher!” button is back on Amazon.com. So you can do just as I did – go to all 13 book pages pages and press the button to let the publisher know that I want this book on my Kindle.

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips by Ina Garten

The focus is on creating simpler yet appetizing dishes that save time and minimize stress in the kitchen in bestselling author (Barefoot Contessa Cookbook) and Food Network guru Garten’s latest. She showcases recipes that utilize fewer ingredients, limited to those easily found in supermarkets or specialty food stores. She also stays away from time-consuming cooking techniques, instead making unusually good use of her oven for everything from easy parmesan risotto and French toast bread pudding to spicy turkey meatballs. Despite the relative simplicity of these dishes, they are still elegant enough to be served at dinner parties, especially the roasted figs and prosciutto, fresh salmon tartare, and the mouthwatering, easy Provençal lamb. Garten’s vegetable dishes are particularly appealing and varied, including scalloped tomatoes, garlic-roasted cauliflower, and potato basil purée, and her desserts are equally strong, with easy cranberry and apple cake and fleur de sel caramels. Full-color photos accompany each recipe and are enough to send any hungry soul immediately into the kitchen. True to her trademark style, Garten once again shows that delicious food can be prepared with a minimum of fuss, even with guests on the way.



Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients by Ina Garten

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is the essential Ina Garten cookbook, focusing on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style, and offering nearly a hundred brand-new recipes that will become trusted favorites.
Ina Garten’s bestselling cookbooks have consistently provided accessible, subtly sophisticated recipes ranging from French classics made easy to delicious, simple home cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina truly breaks down her ideas on flavor, examining the ingredients and techniques that are the foundation of her easy, refined style.
Here Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking, and entertaining a breeze. The recipes–crowd-pleasers like Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuscan Lemon Chicken, and Easy Sticky Buns–demonstrate Ina’s talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can make without stress.
For longtime fans, Ina delivers new insights into her simple techniques; for newcomers she provides a thorough master class on the basics of Barefoot Contessa cooking plus a Q&A section with answers to the questions people ask her all the time. With full-color photographs and invaluable cooking tips, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is an essential addition to the cherished library of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is the essential Ina Garten cookbook, focusing on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style, and offering nearly a hundred brand-new recipes that will become trusted favorites.Ina Garten’s bestselling cookbooks have consistently provided accessible, subtly sophisticated recipes ranging from French classics made easy to delicious, simple home cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina truly breaks down her ideas on flavor, examining the ingredients and techniques that are the foundation of her easy, refined style.
Here Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking, and entertaining a breeze. The recipes–crowd-pleasers like Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuscan Lemon Chicken, and Easy Sticky Buns–demonstrate Ina’s talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can make without stress.
For longtime fans, Ina delivers new insights into her simple techniques; for newcomers she provides a thorough master class on the basics of Barefoot Contessa cooking plus a Q&A section with answers to the questions people ask her all the time. With full-color photographs and invaluable cooking tips, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is an essential addition to the cherished library of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.


The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

Lauren Bacall gets cranky when Barefoot Contessa, an East Hampton specialty food store/institution for more than 20 years, is sold out of Indonesian Ginger Chicken. She can now thank her lucky stars that exuberant owner Ina Garten has written The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and included this recipe. Ms. Bacall is sure to be pleased to discover how easy it is to achieve such fantastic flavor. Simplicity is something of a bottom line at Barefoot Contessa. “Food is not about impressing people,” Ina Garten says. “It’s about making them feel comfortable.”

Aimed at the cook who intends to entertain, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook draws on Garten’s experience as a caterer, as well as her knowledge of what customers really want to eat when they arrive at her shop. She has culled her favorite recipes and has included timesaving tips, always striving for ease and simplicity. Neither cooking nor entertaining should be a chore, according to Ina Garten, and her lovely cookbook is a case in point.

This is an intensely illustrated cookbook that shows the foods to best advantage (and makes it a lovely gift book). Presentation counts for a great deal, and Garten’s food styling adds to any food platter. But just as relevant are photos that bring in the spirit of fresh, locally grown produce. There’s the local poultry producer proudly holding a laying hen in case anyone should wonder where the eggs come from.

Nook Update 1.5 Released!

The fairly strongly anticipated(by Nook owners at least) Version 1.5 update for the Barnes & Noble Nook has made its debut.  To put it briefly, I’m impressed.  I’ve missed the Amazon vs B&N back and forth lately, and I’m still a huge fan of the original Nook.  They overcame a bug-laden launch to become the second most popular eReader on the market.  Even now, with the screen technology lagging behind slightly, I still find myself pulling out my Nook on a regular basis.

Barnes & Noble(NYSE:BKS) is advertising this as the most extensive update for their eReader to date, and it certainly seems to be a big one.  I had a few problems getting it installed, but that was mainly because their servers were a bit overloaded.  If you still need it, just open up your My B&N Library page and click on “Check For New B&N Content”.  It will take a minute to download, then run you through an install and reboot.  Basically, after you click the button and it starts downloading, you can just set it down on a table and come back in 10 minutes.  If you run into an error when you try to download, just wait a few minutes and try again.  Like I said, the servers seem pretty busy.

Anyway, here’s what look to be the main features that the Nook 1.5 update came up with, in no particular order:

Faster Screen Refresh

I personally stopped caring much about screen refresh speed on my eReaders about the time it got to be faster than I could ever hope to turn physical pages regularly without ripping them.  That said, the update made me realize how much better things could be.  Seriously, I think I sometimes blink more slowly than the page now turns.

Library Search & Organization

The new Shelf organization that came along with this patch is quite nice.  I got to go down a list that included items from both the B&N Library and My Documents, organized by author, and tag things as I went.  It’s fast, simple to use, and makes a lot of sense(and, of course, bears a striking resemblance to the Kindle’s Collections).  Even if you don’t feel like doing that sort of housecleaning, though, the improved search functionality lets you find any book or author quickly and accurately.  As much as I have tried to keep my documents folder pared down to a manageable number, the Nook gets overloaded and up until now hasn’t been nearly as easily navigated as the Kindle.  Now, it’s a toss-up.

Improved Battery Life

As with screen refresh speed, we’re kinda hitting the outer limits of things you can complain about in terms of battery life.  I can set down my Nook after four hours of reading and pick it up a week later for another four hours of reading and it’s barely taken a hit.  Still, more is better!

One thing that’s not much talked about in this line is actually probably my favorite change though.  As of Nook 1.5, the device will turn itself off after 72 hours on standby.  Sometimes I put down an eReader for a month instead of a week and come back to find it dead.  I don’t like that.  Never had to worry about it with the older Sony Readers when I first got into all this.  Now, it shouldn’t be an issue, and that’s a relief.

Password Protection

More security on a portable device like this is always a good thing.  Bad enough for your Nook to walk off without you, you certainly don’t want to find out that it’s been charging books to your credit card after wandering away.  Now, you get a couple options.  You can require a password for any purchase.  You can also set it to require a password whenever it wakes up.  Either way, totally worth the slight extra hassle.

Cross-Device Syncing

The new Nook 1.5 software will sync wirelessly(assuming it has a connection going) with your other Nook programs.  If you were reading something using your cell phone with the Nook for Android app(which, coincidentally has also had a small update), you’ll now start from where you left off if you switch to your Nook eReader.

Full-Function Web Browser

That’s right, the Nook browser has come out of Beta!  What does this mean for Nook owners?  Well, if you’re like me and really only use that feature to head to Project Gutenburg or check your email, then it won’t have much of an effect.  It certainly seems to be faster and more responsive, though, and other than that there’s nothing to complain about besides the limitations that the technology itself imposes.

Barnes & Noble has really left us with very little room to complain about the software function of their device.  If I had to choose in a direct Kindle vs Nook comparison, I’d almost certainly go with the Kindle, but only because of the improved hardware at this point.  Even the better screen might not be enough of a selling point anymore with the gap so narrow and the Nook offering the EPUB support that so many eBook vendors require.  This update, if nothing else, encourages me to think that, in spite of the NOOKcolor, B&N hasn’t completely given up on making a quality eReading-specific device.