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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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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.See all Product Description
Great book! Simple recipes with good, consistent results. I found myself adding extra spice to things - just for our tastes - but the recipes allow for easy customization. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julie Redstone-Lewis
Have made several recipes from this book and my wife and I have enjoyed them all so far. We find them easy to follow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daveo
Recipes seem easy & tasty. Only criticism is much of the coloured print is vey difficult to read.Published 15 months ago by Jacamafeb
While many of the recipes in this book seem to be quite good, & my daughter & I look forward to trying more of them, the whole family got quite a laugh at the recipe for a toasted... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2012 by Gabriella
I've had this book for many years now and I tend to repeat some of these simple yet delicious recipes from week to week. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2010 by DireWolf