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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762442395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762442393
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 was a gift for a friend and she is very please with it so i would recommend it for anyone looking for a gift or a great cookbook
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By E. Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 8 2012
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I was a little hesitant to buy this book after hearing so much negative talk about it on The Real Housewives.
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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HASH(0xa75e2f00) out of 5 stars actully pretty good Nov. 8 2011
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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So yes, I have watched RHONJ for sure. I am not a real fan of anyone in any of the shows. To me they are just shows and I leave the rest for the crazy fans to gossip about with their endless amounts of free time they seem to have on their hands. Now lets get to the cook book. When Teresa's first book came out I thought hey what they heck. Amazon had it for super cheap when it first came out. I got it for $9.00, so I thought hey it might have some good stuff in it. She cooks for her kids and a very picky husband every day so I thought this girl may know how to cook. It came and I cooked my way through it. I thought it was a great beginner into to Italian cooking. I actually review cookbooks and I liked it. She even teaches you how to can sauce with perfect detail and excellent instructions. So when the second came out I did a pre-ordered for it. It came and again cooked my way through it. Again very good. I cook A LOT and own MANY cook books. Like I said, I review them so I know a bad recipe and a good recipe and a bad cook book and good one. If you hate her just put that aside, her books are really well organized and she has great recipes. She keeps it healthy, budget friendly and tasty. For sure impressed.
49 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75e81e0) out of 5 stars Everything is so good! Oct. 31 2011
By maxi - Published on Amazon.com
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We needed a change in the dinner menu. I bought the book and so far I've made six dishes. Everyone in my family loves everything I have made so far. Last night made the baked chicken, it was the best chicken and skin I have ever tasted. This book was a good investment,its healthy food! Never thought I could ever make home made tomato sauce!! These dishes leave plenty of left overs so these recipes are a time saver as well. The food even taste better the next day!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75e81a4) out of 5 stars Quite a good sequel to her first cookbook. I miss the nutritional profile for each recipe that was a helpful part of her first. April 23 2014
By overtakenbyanap - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew to really like her first cookbook,Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! finding myself going back to her recipes and her herb chart and herb lesson many times. Good reliable recipes although not enough of them in that first book. This book remedies that. The two books together make a really nice home style Italian American cookbook set. My advice is buy both for a full set of good recipes plus the advice on buying and using herbs, canning tomatoes and buying olive oil and other staples for the pantry.

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.
165 of 239 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75e8498) out of 5 stars Sooooo disappointing! Aug. 21 2011
By Luvz2cook - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so excited to get this cookbook-I am a big RHONJ fan and thought the food looked delicious, so I bought this book-BIG MISTAKE! I pride myself on being a pretty good cook, but the "Quickie Sauce" tasted like tomatoes and water, which is basically what was in it! No seasoning? No garlic, onion, salt, pepper, etc? How is that sauce? I am returning this book and just getting recipes from my Italian friends who cook well-sorry Teresa!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75e84f8) out of 5 stars Some good ones here April 3 2015
By Kelly Loero - Published on Amazon.com
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So far I have made a few of the recipes and had mixed results.
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.

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