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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Nov. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451674309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451674309
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.6 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sylvie Campeau on Nov. 22 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Super recettes!!! Will eat italian for a while. Gonna use this book during Christmas vacation. Thanks a million Mr. Valastro!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Better than Nonna's Nov. 24 2012
By D. Costello - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Better than Nonna's because there are actual measurements to go by. Granted I use them as guides - but at least they help get me in the right range. Wonderful recipes and very real cooking - not fancy or trendy - just delicious. The quick marinara sauce is bright and tasty and I grow a lot of basil year round just to have for sauces. I also started making my own breadcrumbs after watching his show - why I never thought of making my own instead of using the canned is a mystery. Huge difference in flavor! The Pesto alla Genovese used in Lasagna is truly spectacular and the Rice Pudding recipe makes my Husband of 35 years want to marry me again. Thanks Buddy for sharing all your family recipes with us.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Eating Italian Nov. 28 2012
By wogan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Buddy Valastro, `the Cake Boss' presents his family's Italian recipes in this book. He tells the story of his family and their cooking, especially their Sunday gravy. A list and explanation are given for the pantry and for each recipe a bit is explained, and for some a photo is given.

Recipes include; appetizers, finger foods and snacks, salads, breads, pizzas and sandwiches, soups, pasta and risotto, main
courses, sides, basics - such as homemade bread crumbs and stocks, and desserts are included. Facts are given throughout, like, why oil and butter are used together.
Many of these recipes are not that much different from those in other Italian cookbooks; but these are very good... the pizza sauce, and mushroom sauce for gnocchi and chicken piccata were all successful.
Our family's favorite has been Buddy's favorite roast potatoes using both russet and sweet potatoes.

This would be an excellent book for those who would like to cook Americanized Italian recipes that are not that complicated but they do make good presentations.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bestselling author and Master chef, the renowned Buddy Valastro delivers an incredible, priceless Italian cookbook, offering the ultimate Italian cuisine experience! This amazing cookbook includes delicious dinners, mouth-watering desserts, and much more. The author chronicles 100 easy-to-read favorite recipes for family gatherings, stunning and colorful illustrations, and intriguing stories on family history, with cooking secrets from relatives handed down from one generation to the next. Buddy Valastro shows the difference between real Italian cooking verses cooking from a non-Italian chef, and there is indeed a huge difference! I grew up learning how to cook Italian food from my grandfather, who was born in Italy. The recipes from him and my dad who loved to cook, were simply the real-deal, from tomato sauce to pasta with home-made meatballs and sausage. Naturally, I compared some of the author's recipes to my grandfather's recipes, and Buddy Valastro comes out as a shining star, with winning Italian recipes. I tried a few of my old-time favorites, such as shrimp scampi, and eggplant parmesan. The results were sensational, and the recipes have specific instructions, with proper measurements for ingredients. The author mentions how we learned Italian cooking from our relatives, and the way they described measurements, such as a pinch of this, and a pinch of that. This is true, as my dad's recipe book handed to me has those descriptions in measurements under each recipe, because that's how they learned to experiment, in order to have perfection. The author's rockin' rice pudding is out of this world in flavor and taste. This treasure trove is a keepsake for all those who love Italian food, along with the warmth of family tradition. Follow the famous Buddy Valastro as he takes you behind the scenes of sweet aroma on fun-filled family events, not just on a Sunday, but many enjoyable occasions of pure Italian delight! This is the real-deal of bringing Italy to your own kitchen, and this cookbook does not disappoint. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love, love, love this book! July 2 2013
By Mark Edwards - Published on
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I watch his show and wondered if his cook book would be as easy to follow, and it is! The stories inside the pages are just as good as listening to him tell them on television. There is a good variety of recipes inside and it is full of tips to help the regular cook like me feel like they can make the recipe just as good as the Kitchen Boss. I have cooked most of the recipes actually and none of them have disappointed me or my family.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hopefully this author will be busy writing further culinary tomes in-between his hectic business and family life. Dec 14 2012
By I. Darren - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Buddy Valastro, Cake Boss and Carlo's Bake Shop might not mean much to people who don't live in New York or who have not watched various TLC cookery programmes, but Valastro is a larger-than-life Italian-American who makes great cakes. Now, through this book, he is showing you that he (and thus you) can equally make great Italian food.

The book is not going to disappoint, nor, perhaps, amaze. It is not that kind of book. It is a book with honest-to-goodness from-the-heart sort of advice, recipes and a way of life. The Valastro family way of life. The author does not pretend to have invented all of these recipes, yet he takes key elements from his heritage, borrows elements from his family and presents them as a fuss-free, affordable way to get this food on your family's table, just as it forms a staple part of culinary life for the Valastro family.

Of course, some of the recipes have been Christened with more family-centric names, such as Steak a la Buddy, Auntie Anna's Manicotti and Buddy's Swiss Chard, but this is no problem and every author should be allowed a little ego. Egos are good in a kitchen. Egos are expected. Egos are de facto. The results are what matters on the whole, and should you follow these recipes you should not be disappointed.

Each recipe is well laid-out, starting with a bit of a personal commentary and then straight into the list of ingredients and a methodical, simple-to-follow set of instructions. Hurrah! at the top of each recipe is a typical serving count and a typical prep and cook time - something that so many books seem to forget just how important this can be! There is a good range of recipes as well, split into different groups such as appetisers, mains, salads and desserts. Whilst not every recipe seems to warrant its own full-colour photograph, the photography that is present is engaging and of a high quality. Even more photographs would have been good, however!

This review example did not feature an index (although space was left for one) so if a good index is an essential component of any book for you, check this before buying. A good index can often make-or-break a book for many. Overall this reviewer liked this book. It managed to provide a lot of information and convey a sense of personality whilst not crossing the line to overt personal promotion and I, I, I-type writing. Hopefully this author will be busy writing further culinary tomes in-between his hectic business and family life.

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