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Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes Hardcover – Feb 22 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
This is a good starter cookbook for those wanting to move toward Italian flavors. The recipes, while good, are very basic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by V. Evans
great book with simple recipes, I think it's fantastic and can literally apply to every day meals. I work and have a long commute so the ease of this book really makes it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rayne T.
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 9 months 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 12 months ago by Daveo
Recipes seem easy & tasty. Only criticism is much of the coloured print is vey difficult to read.Published 24 months ago by Jacamafeb