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Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

May 11, 2011 by  
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Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

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In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is.

Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth

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3 Responses to “Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes”
  1. - Kasia S. says:
    495 of 526 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Only Italian cookbook you will need, February 27, 2005
    - Kasia S. (New York City) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes (Hardcover)

    I have been a big fan of the show since the beginning. This book is a blessing. For a long time I would have to hunt down the recopies on the food network website, print them, lose half of them, etc. This way I have it all in a beautiful glossy hard cover book, written with warmth, personal stories and mouth watering pictures of the dishes.
    I have made many of the dishes she features in her book, and not one turned out badly. It all comes out exactly as it’s supposed to. That’s tricky with some cookbooks, when you just can’t get it to be what it’s meant to be. Giada’s book is divided in these sections:

    Antipasti, Sauces, Pasta Polenta and Risotto, Entrees, Contorini (Side Dishes) and Dolci (Desserts)

    Some of my favorite recipes I’ve made are:
    Stuffed mushrooms: thank goodness they are so simple to make, because I am being hounded by my boyfriend to make them. Simply amazing.

    Simple Bolognese- meaty, fresh, and satisfying, plus you don’t have to wonder what was in it. You made it and you know it’s clean. Classic recipe that’s easy to follow.

    Brown Butter sauce – I can still close my eyes and taste the sage and butter, over any meat. Instant dress up to any meal.

    Chicken piccata – light, lemony, olivey, simply fantastic.

    I can just go on and on, but I don’t want to bore anyone. This book is simply super. I don’t mind the pictures of her, and if she changed her clothes for every single photo in the book, I would have mistaken it for a Vogue shoot, instead of a cookbook.

    Hope you can enjoy it as much as I am. This book is in constant use at my house.

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  2. Amalfi Coast Girl says:
    81 of 85 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book for those not familar with authentic Italian cooking, April 8, 2006
    Amalfi Coast Girl (Mid-Atlantic, USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes (Hardcover)

    To put this review into perspective for you, it is written by a serious student of cooking that has been actively studying food on their own for 25 years. I have been focusing on Italian food for the last 10 years. My favorite cookbook is “The Professional Chef” by the Culinary Institute of America.

    Giada is such an engaging personality on the Food Network that she is hard not to watch if you love Italian food. I bought this book and wanted to love it.

    However, the recipes are not written for someone that knows Italian cooking. Her book is marketed to the crowd that wants to cook Italian American not authentic Italian. Giada avoids Italian ingredients that are only readily available in the major metropolitan areas. Her recipes are extremely simple, with few ingredients and take no time to prepare. Given her target audience for the book I feel the book is good. With Giada’s cooking education and family background I expected the book to go into more depth than her television show, it does not. If you are looking for a book that is a compendium of her show, you will love this book.

    However, if you are serious about Italian food buy “Molto Italiano” by Mario Batali instead. He isn’t as stunning to look at, but his recipes are vastly superior. You might also consider “The Silver Spoon” it contains a vast number of Italian recipes but is lacking glossy photos that are present in Mario’s book. You should also consider “Harry’s Bar Cookbook” written by the owner of Harry’s Bar in Venice. It is a fantastic authentic Italian Cookbook.

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  3. Megan "Bad at Nicknames" says:
    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Delivers On My Expectations, November 29, 2006
    Megan “Bad at Nicknames” (California) –
    This review is from: Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes (Hardcover)

    Giada De Laurentiis’ first cookbook was exactly what I expected from watching her show. True it does not greatly differ from her TV show, but I did not expect it to, they share the same name for a good reason. Just like her wonderfull show, the recipes are pretty classic Italian but recipes you can make from your own pantry or your local store. No hunting down speciality ingrediants. I personally liked the section on what you need in your pantry to make the majority of the dishes included.

    I am one of those people who reads a cookbook cover to cover and I enjoyed Mario Battali’s intro about Giada very much. Especially the part about how she is the kind of girl his mother told him to marry. The book also describes how Giada ended up with her own show.

    The recipes center around those found on her show, with some I do not recall from the show. If you are already familure with her food network show then you know that Giada focuses on achievable Italian cooking, you do not need a degree from culinary school or a week to make her food. There are more traditional Italian cookbooks out there, but if like me, you are unlikley to make a marinera sauce that requires a minimum of three days, this cookbook is more your style.

    The book also tells you how and how long many of the dishes can be stored. Something I really appreciate. And being that it is Giada, there is a good dessert section. A nice touch is that there are some simple, light fruit desserts along with the more decadent fare. Also there are intros to the recipes with facts or explinations on variations.

    Some people have said there are not enough recipes included. While I too would love some more of Giada’s recipes (especially the esspresso frothy dessert/breakfast from one of her shows); I don’t understand the complaint when the number of recipes is stated in the title. Personally I had no problems reading the text. Although I would have liked more pictures of the food (one of my favorite things about expensive gourmet cookbooks is that there is a photo of every dish), it is not devoid of food pictures. I don’t think the number of shots of Giada ditracts from the book, the publisher just like the show’s producers are just capitalizing on what a beautifull engageing woman Giada De Laurentiis is. How many other tv chefs get writen about in magazines like Maxim?

    All in all I gave the book five stars because I felt it delivered on what I expected, plus some fun surprises.

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