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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (Feb. 22 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400052580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052585
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2 x 24.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank Summers on 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 By Angela MacKay on 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 By Michelle on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cherie on Sept. 14 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the first cookbook I've ever seen with more pictures of the author than the food! I find it very distracting to see pictures of Giada on practically every page. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, but I guess I was expecting more. I have a cook book on Italian cuisine and was looking for different recipes. This book didn't provide that for me. If you are looking for a "beginner" book on Italian cooking, this should fit the bill, that is unless you want pictures to see what you are making!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. M. Maddeaux on Feb. 17 2009
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Already owned Giada's most recent book and purchased the last 3 for my wife and myself for Christmas as we both love to cook her meals. They're generally straight forward simple recipes with fairly basic ingredients that we can generally always find, even up in Yellowknife, NT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Hunt on April 9 2013
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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 By ally on May 15 2005
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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