Yes, you will still find those fabulous recipes she remembers so fondly from family meals, but you'll also find updated twists on classic trattoria favorites--California-inflected, hearty but not overwhelming, and with the perfect balance of healthfulness and terrific flavor. Wouldn't you love a faster, lighter take on osso buco (here made with turkey instead of veal), a salad with real substance (like one of cantaloupe, red onion, and walnuts), and fish that gets an Italian makeover by way of lots of fresh veggies and accents such as fennel and grapefruit salsa? And let's not forget dessert. After all, what's not to adore about little doughnuts dipped in chocolate sauce?
Ranging from soups and snacks to easy entrees and elegant dinner-party fare, Giada's recipes are perfect for any day of the week. And for the first time, she includes a full section of dishes that the little ones will love making as much as they love eating (like mini chicken meatballs). With something to please everyone at your table, "Giada's Kitchen" deliciously demonstrates why Giada De Laurentiis has become America's best-loved Italian cook.
Italy meets California In Giada De Laurentiis's collection of 100 new recipes, she focuses on fresh ingredients, simple preparation, and bright flavors. Anyone who wants to indulge in the pleasures of Italian food without feeling weighed down will find inspiration for delicious, hearty yet healthy weekday meals. Giada's recipes satisfy both our desire to eat with gusto and to feel good about what we eat.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 60.
- Review Date: 2008-08-18
- Reviewer: Staff
In her usual bright and cheery manner, De Laurentiis (Everyday Italian) offers her newest collection of accessible Italian-accented recipes. The host of Food Network's Everyday Italian and Giada's Weekend Getaways brings to the table recipes with basic, readily available ingredients like ricotta and canned beans, with which she whips up a surprisingly diverse array of dishes, like Hearty Tomato Soup with Lemon and Rosemary, and Asparagus Lasagna. Now and again she goes out on a limb with a contemporary twist—Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers or Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto, while an entire chapter devoted to kids' food brings out her sense of whimsy with dishes like Pizza Pot Pies. Throughout, Giada celebrates food that's refreshingly simple. (Sept.)