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Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes [Hardcover]

Giada De Laurentiis
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Book Description

Feb. 22 2005
In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is.

Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering—perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for—whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency. So, for example, you’ll find dishes that you can make solely from pantry ingredients, or those that transform lowly leftovers into exquisite entrées (including brilliant ideas for leftover pasta), and those that satisfy your yearning to have something sweet baking in the oven. There are 7 ways to make red sauce more interesting, 6 different preparations of the classic cutlet, 5 perfect pestos, 4 creative uses for prosciutto, 3 variations on basic polenta, 2 great steaks, and 1 sublime chocolate tiramisù—plus 100 other recipes that turn everyday ingredients into speedy but special dinners.

What’s more, Everyday Italian is organized according to what type of food you want tonight—whether a soul-warming stew for Sunday supper, a quick sauté for a weeknight, or a baked pasta for potluck. These categories will help you figure out what to cook in an instant, with such choices as fresh-from-the-pantry appetizers, sauceless pastas, everyday roasts, and stuffed vegetables—whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find a simple, delicious recipe for it here. That’s the beauty of Italian home cooking, and that’s what Giada De Laurentiis offers here—the essential recipes to make a great Italian dinner. Tonight.

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With its cover image of the fetching de Laurentiis wearing a low-cut top and its promise of easy, tasty Italian recipes, this cookbook is sure to draw in home cooks who don't know how to make a basic marinara sauce and want to be introduced them to the beauty and simplicity of Italian cuisine. Which is, of course, a good thing, but a shame, too, since this work lacks depth or meaning. Readers seeking a true introduction to the building blocks of Italian cooking would be worlds better off with one of Marcella Hazan's or Lidia Bastianich's early primers. What those who are lured in by the good looks and charm of de Laurentiis (granddaughter of film producer Dino and star of Food Network's Everyday Italian) will get is an unsophisticated but decent selection of Italian-American classics, from antipasto to pasta, meat dishes to desserts, including Clams Oreganata, Caprese Salad, Salsa all'Amatriciana, Fettucine Alfredo, Veal Marsala, Caponata and Chocolate Tiramisù. De Laurentiis provides an introduction to each dish, and her recipes are generally minimalist (there are no recipes for homemade pastas or stews that take a day to make). Though bursting with glamorous shots of a lovely looking author, this is a rather flat first effort.
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About the Author

Giada De Laurentiis is the star of Everyday Italian on Food Network. She attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris, and then worked in a variety of Los Angeles restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, before starting her own catering and private-chef company, GDL Foods. The granddaughter of movie producer Dino De Laurentiis, she was born in Rome and grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives. This is her first book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tasting Italian food. March 6 2006
Format:Hardcover
Let me start by saying, I hated to cook. From grocery shopping to reading recipes, I despised it all.
Now I've finally found a cookbook that makes me want to cook! Giada's recipes are easy to follow and for the most part, quick to make. Best of all, most of her ingredients can be found at your local grocery store for a reasonable price.
At first I was irritated by the lack of finished recipe pictures in the cookbook. Once I started cooking, I realized I didn't even need them - the recipes are that simple. I'm not a gourmet chef so I don't want complicated recipes, even if they do taste a bit more robust or authentic. I'm just somebody trying to find the inspiration to enjoy cooking and eating again.
I've enjoyed almost every recipe I've made from this cookbook and I look forward to cooking at the end of a long work day. My favorite recipes have been the marinara sauce (I can't believe I made my own sauce), the bolognese sauce, the chicken piccata, and the chicken parm. Tonight I'm going to make ziti with asparagus, smoked mozzarella, and prosciutto.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they don't have the time or the finances to make fresh, great tasting Italian food. If the thought of one more night of grocery store, jarred tomato sauce makes you want to scream, this book is for you!
I also recommend, cooking-try, Silver Spoon.
Non-cooking-try, Giorgio Quest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Simple Jan. 22 2007
Format:Hardcover
As a lover of cookbooks, I personally have many on my kitchen counter but none are getting the same amount of use as Everday Italian. Giada's recipes are easy to follow and all cooks, from beginners to pros, will end up with beautiful, delicious results. Giada's meals are perfect for family suppers or a more formal affair. Packed with fresh and affordable ingrediants, Giada's recipes chanel Italy in a way that's easy for all of us to enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Italian cookbook EVER!! Oct. 28 2005
Format:Hardcover
My husband and I are fans of Giada's show so we went out to buy her book as soon as it came out. We love it and cook from it all the time. Her easy approach to cooking and fresh ingredients don't scare away novice cooks. Giada has actually influenced both of us to cook and experiment more from just watching her show and reading her book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Italian food, it has recipes that are easy to follow and ingredients that you are sure to have. It's made me confident in the kitchen and I want to thank Giada for giving us all the inspiration to dream that we can all be great cooks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book April 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
good book
yummy receipes
good pics
easy to follow
published before she went hog wild with books (no pun intended)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Book May 15 2005
By ally
Format:Hardcover
This cooking book is definitely one of my favorites. The recipes are nice and easy to follow. Every dish I have made turned out fantastic. Some of my favorites are the stuffed mushrooms, the Chicken Piccata, chicken tetrazani.
Another book that I really enjoy as well is Simple and Simply Delicious by Sylvie Rocher. Those 2 books are great gift to give to your friends or family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes but...... Jan. 27 2013
By Smiley
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are some great recipes in this book. That being said, I cannot believe how many pictures there are of Giada and NOT the food. And Mario Batali goes on about her "good looks" at the start of the book, so superficial! I am an avid cookbook reader and I have never seen this before. I want my cookbooks to inspire me to cook -- not make me feel annoyed as I flip through them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected Jan. 18 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoy her show .... she is beau8tiful .... but that is not why we watch the show or buy the book .... we buy it for the recipes ... there are more pictures of her in the book than of recipes .... some of the writing is also not clear ...... ended a book for the shelf ..... too bad ......
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