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Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count ... Without Stressing Out Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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So, it bothers me just a bit that I'm going to go against the grain here and not agree with all of the reviewers who are gushing over her latest book, Happy Cooking; I'm just not wild about it. I wanted to like this book, I really did, but despite my wants, I found it disappointing. Perhaps it's the small text. Perhaps it's the small pictures. Perhaps it's the glaring lack of white space resulting in everything being crammed together giving it the look of a cookbook from the sixties. Add matte versus glossy photos and this weighty tome, despite its newness, looks dated. The food pictures seem secondary to the big pictures of Giada. Giada having a cocktail, Giada preparing food, Giada and her cleavage, Giada looking left, Giada looking right, Giada in front of the American flag.
There are some big pictures of food, but none of these pictures beckon or make me want to actually make anything that's pictured. Yes, I have probably become as jaded as the annoying film critics who pick apart even the best of films because they have seen so many that their standards have become tightened over the years so that few films can measure up.Read more ›
This book is jam packed with recipes, tips, photos, and information about recipes, health, food and other things. Sometimes it gets a little too busy, with several recipes, and side bars on one page. Other than that little thing I'm loving this book. I love the chapter on breakfast as I'm always looking for healthy and interesting breakfast ideas.
I made two of the breakfast recipes and enjoyed them both. The first was Ricotta Toast with Strawberries. Since strawberries aren't in season at the moment I took her tip to use seasonal fruit and substituted apples. I ate this several times and can't wait to try it with other fruits.
Next I made Eggs Cacio e Pepe. Eggs, Pecorino Romano, Black Pepper and Greek Yogurt on toast made for a delicious and filling breakfast.
I was delighted to see a spiralizer recipe for Zucchini Spaghetti with Sun Gold Tomato Sauce and had to try it. I did omit the star anise since I'm not partial to it's flavor. I used the option giving to use cherry tomatoes instead of sun gold. Giada says while she'd never give up pasta this is a good alternative to use occasionally and she's right it was delicious.
Not only are there many recipes for clean and healthy eating but she also includes recipe for weekends and holidays as well as some sweets and treats. I see many more great recipes from this book in my future.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.
When this book arrived on our doorstep, my foodie husband's eyes lit up. The overall layout and visual appeal of this cookbook are quite stunning. As we began looking through the recipes an appetizing photo would grab my attention, but I found myself having difficulty trying to conjure up what the dish would taste like because the ingredient list was so foreign to me. Pearled barley, tumeric, fennel bulb, chia powder, harissa, tahini, orecchiette pasta – these are all items I would have to ask my grocer to help me locate. On the other hand, when we sat down to eat Giada's Sunday Pot Roast my husband said, "That's exactly how I expected this to taste." For this reason, I believe an experienced cook or someone with a sophisticated palate would draw the most enjoyment from Happy Cooking.
I received this book for free as a member of the Blogging For Books reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have all of her books and enjoy all of them, there's always something new to try.Published 21 days ago by MBalter
I have all of her other cookbooks and I love them. This one is different, I feel like the recipes are just not as good.Published 2 months ago by nadia k.
I am a huge Giada fan but this book was very disappointing. I'm not one to normally harp on these things but the font isn't great and it's really small. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amk
So I do have several cookbooks by Giada De Laurentiis, and this one is the best. It is an interesting mix of life style and
cooking in one book. Read more