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5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful book with great recipes for many occasions, 30 Aug 2008
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I bought this book after I got "Everyday Pasta" which I liked very much and I wasn't dissapointed. The book contains just what the title says - family dinners. Most of the recipes are easy to prepare, a lot of them can be done at least partly in advance - always nice when you actually want to take part in the fun the others have instead of slaving away in the kitchen all the time. Recipes like "garlic and citrus chicken", "filet mignon with balsamic syrup", "lasagna rolls" or "limoncello cheesecake squares" (don't worry, there's a recipe for limoncello added for those of us who can't get it) not only show you a bit of the wide range of recipes in this book but also make your mouth water by just reading them. The book is split up into 8 chapters: "soups and sandwiches", "italian salads and sides", "everyday family entrées", "the italian grill", "family-style pasta", "family-style get-togethers", "family feasts", "family-style desserts", followed by a few suggestions for menues (christmas, easter, thanksgiving, elegant ...). From drinks over starters, first courses and mains up to desserts, you'll find recipes for everything in it. This book contains a conversion table to help you along, since it is of course american. Some of the recipes are indeed americanized, but Giada always tells you so and who says you're not allowed to add your own touches to standard recipes. I think that's what makes cooking interesting and Giada quite often gives a dish you think you already know too well an unexpected, new and exciting twist. - By the way, the recipe for "tagliatelle and duck ragù" from "Everyday Pasta" was so delicious I immediately got asked for the recipe. You've got to try it!
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