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Fabulicious!: Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook Paperback – May 3 2011
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Publisher's Weekly, May 2011
"Giudice's recipes and instructions ensure quality every time… Traditionalists in search of a collection of classic recipes will appreciate Giudice's aversion to corner-cutting, and her calorie-cutting tips, and fans of The Real Housewives will lap it all up."
About the Author
Teresa Giudice is the star of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey', airing its third season on Bravo in 2011. She was born in New Jersey to parents who emigrated from Italy, and has been married to her childhood sweetheart for 11 years. Together they have 4 daughters: Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. She lives in Northern New Jersey. Heather Maclean married a Scot, but her family, the Zavagnos, hails from northern Italy. A mom of 3, Princeton grad and former Disney exec, she was the first person ever to answer Mickey Mouse's e-mail.
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It does have some negative content when Teresa speaks of the other housewives. But the recipes are good.
They are easy to follow. Most are pretty basic dishes which the average cook would have no trouble preparing.
A beginner cook could follow the recipes as well and I feel would make an impressive meal.
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The author really dialed down the tacky sexual innuendo and personal attacks on others that wasted so much space in her first book. This made a refreshing change for the better. It's easy to focus on the cooking part of this excellent little cookbook. She left out the nutrition profiles which were a VERY nice feature in her first book and I notice she brought them back for book # 3. I notice they are missing in book #4 the grill book, but they are probably extra work and expense for the publisher to include so this isn't a criticism directed at the author, but more towards the publisher, since that is a valuable feature. I'm still working my way thru books 3 and 4 so I'm not recommending them yet but I'm ready to state that this book and the first one are really worth getting.
What I love about this book is the recipes!!!!! She continues to provide recipes that are high in flavour and very easy to complete. No intimidation for beginner cooks or people in a hurry. Simple, tasty and reliable. That isn't always the case with chefs turned recipe writers. Restaurant kitchens and catering outfits make great food, and fun to read about but the techniques they take for granted are difficult for a home cook on a budget and in a hurry to get supper on the table.
Teresa gives recipes you can quickly put together, on a real life budget and if you get both this book and her first, you have some great advice on home canning of tomatoes, how to buy and store herbs, which to buy fresh, which are best dried (hint it's not basil!) and why olive oil is best. This book skimps on the advice regarding herbs, canning and olive oil but this one has more recipes. I use both in tandem, referring back and forth.
Recipes I've done from THIS book include:
Gia's Sausage and Peppers on page 35. I keep making this over and over. Good reliable home cooking. My family loves it and asks for it regularly.
Hunters Chicken Cacciatore on page 108. One of the nicest cacciatore recipes I've made.
Roasted Rosmarino Chicken on page 109. Delicious.
Joe's Juicy Meatballs on page 118 however I toss a half lb of ground pork sausage in with the ground beef to make it a little more tender but it's not bad on it's own without that addition.
Roasted Asparagus on page 131 is gourmet! Even the asparagus haters in the family liked this.
Pookie's Pesce Primavera on page 159 is one I rely on to make white fish that my husband enjoys. He is not a fish lover but he loves this one.
Just in case you are wondering --Recipes I love from the first bookSkinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! are: Italian salad dressing page 41, Basil Lemon Drizzle p 48 which is very nice over chicken or fish, I did the swordfish recipe from page 51 using salmon and it was great. Garlic shrimp page 54, Pork chops on page 66, Chicken in lemon thyme marinade page 70, veal piccata (using chicken) page 189 and skinny snapper page 219. I also tried several of her tomato sauces, and found them good although success with the Quickie sauce which is listed in BOTH books, depends on the quality of canned tomato and paste that you use because the only other things are basil--which really needs to be fresh or its a waste of time, and olive oil.
I still haven't watched the show nor am I ever likely to. But I bought this book because the quality of the recipes from the first book convinced me that this woman knows her way around a kitchen. I will continue to buy her recipe books as long as she continues to write simple easy to follow good tasting home cooking.
The bucatini turned out so great. The chicken, lemon and white wine taste yummy and the basil and parsley gave great flavor.
The chicken with bell peppers and onions is so so. I normally adore balsamic vinegar but it gave the stew a sour taste.
The party cookies with sprinkles turned out quite pretty. My husband recommended I make a batch for his Sicilian mom who is an italian dessert snob...high praise indeed.
I like the recipes but am not too fond of the endless amount of silly commentary.