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Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites [Hardcover]

Giada de Laurentiis , Tina Rupp
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4 Oct 2008
She’s taught us every facet of Italian cooking—from traditional and regional to seasonal and contemporary. She even made us fall in love with pasta again by opening us up to lighter, healthier versions that don’t weigh us down. Now the Food Network star and bestselling author of Everyday Pasta, Giada De Laurentiis, takes us down a new path, sharing her love of food with clean, vibrant, simple flavors and bursts of bright colors that look as beautiful on the plate as they are delicious.

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 entrées 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.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (4 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307346595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307346599
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian 5 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I decided to buy this book after I watched her cooking show. Recepies are easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look Closer... 3 Oct 2008
By j.s. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must admit that I, like other reviewers, was at first disappointed by the offerings in Giada's latest publication. When I looked at the recipes closer, however, I realized how much I appreciated the book.

Fans are used to an array of savory, Italian dishes...understandably because this is what Giada has turned out before. This new book puts more of an emphasis on fresh, light flavors. Many recipes call for butternut squash, melons, and other vegetables.

The recipes are no longer strictly "Italian," which I think opens Giada's creativity. Although many recipes call for fresh herbs, I found the ingredient list to be, in general, significantly less intimidating and pricey. It's really about fewer groceries with fresher, bigger flavors. I particularly enjoy the "(Not) Just For Kids" section. Here we find fun recipes for things like pizza pot pies, polenta-fried shrimp, and mascarpone mini cupcakes with strawberry frosting.

I think Giada's new direction, away from specifically "Italian" cuisine and into an Italian-inspired Californian cuisine, will prove successful. After three cookbooks of mostly traditional Italian food, she needed to expand somewhere anyway. Staying loyal to strictly Italian food may have become boring and listless for both the chef and her following. I can't wait to see where she goes next!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Cookbook Consistent with Other Giada Cookbooks 15 Oct 2008
By S. D. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was pleased to see inventive recipes in this book that I have not seen elsewhere (such as butternut squash and vanilla risotto; fresh tomatoes and goat cheese strata with herb oil; prosciutto andmelon soup; linguine and prosciutto frittata; baked artichokes with gorgonzola and herbs; and orange and chocolate zeppole). I was also pleased that with the exception of the chapter on meat, many of the recipes are either vegetarian or could be adapted for vegetarians. The recipes in the chapter for children also have universal appeal.

Chapters include Appetizers and First Courses; Soups, Paninis and Snacks; Salads and Vegetables; Pasta; Meat, Poultry and Fish; Desserts; and Not Just for Kids. Drink recipes are offered in several chapters and include apple and thyme martini; pomegranate and cranberry bellini; amaretto sour with prosecco; amaretto and raspberry smoothie; and spiced Americano with cinnamon whipped cream.

My only complaint is minor - I would have preferred more photos of finished dishes rather than photo after photo of Giada (there are 5 sets of double page spreads of photos of Giada). I know what she looks like. I don't know what all the finished dishes look like there. Having said that, there are more than 50 beautiful, vivid color photos of the dishes.

I am pleased with my purchase and look forward to trying many of the recipes in this cookbook.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected twist 4 Oct 2008
By beauty addict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I own several other of Giada's books, and by far I believe this will be my favorite. With her other books I found myself making recipes only once a month or so because the majority seemed to heavy to eat in Florida weather. This new book contains a variety of fresh takes on classical Italian food. There are lots of fresh veggies, fresh herbs, chicken, and fruit used in her book. I think this might become my new favorite book to reference for new ideas in the next few months!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but interesting 7 Oct 2008
By K. Garren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm actually pretty excited about this book. It's definately different from her other previous books in that it seems less "Italian", but there are still some really fresh ideas in there. I noticed some people saying they've seen all these recipes on her show already. I don't get to watch her show too often anymore since it's on while I'm at work and any other day you have to hunt on the Food Network to find it with all these new shows they have on now, so for me these recipes were a lot newer. Over the weekend I already tried the balsamic barbeque chicken (delicious!!!) and the lemon risotto. I personally loved the risotto because I'm a lemon lover, but my husband and in-laws didn't seem to like it (hmph!) because they thought it was too tart. I can't wait to try the pizza pot pies (how cute), the crostata with apples, walnuts, and gorganzola, and the chocolate panna cotta! I don't know if Giada will ever be able to top her first book for me (still my personal all time fav from her), but this one will definately get some use. It's worth a try!
35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want more from my beloved Giada 30 Sep 2008
By Cj Setter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Let me preface this review by saying how much I love Giada. I was anticipating this book so much that I preordered it in June. It came today and I must say that I was a *little* disappointed. I recognized mostly all of the recipes from her shows!! There are very few, if any, that I haven't seen before. Of course, they are all fabulous, but Giada - I want more! :) At least for about $20 I can have them in a nice condensed book version instead of all my printouts from foodnetwork.com.
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