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One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes and Stories from My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond Hardcover – October 16, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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About the Author

Valerie Bertinelli, widely known for her roles on television's One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland, is the bestselling author of Losing It and Finding It. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609614607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609614607
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerie Bertinelli has been acting since the age of twelve, appearing in more than two dozen made-for-TVmovies. Most recognizably, she appeared on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time and, more recently, on Touched by an Angel. Now a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Bertinelli was raised in Claymont, Delaware, and in the San Fernando Valley, California, and was married for twenty years to Eddie Van Halen (they split up in 2001). Currently, she lives with her son, Wolfgang, in Los Angeles.

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By momof4 on October 19, 2012
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I really loved reading this book. Her stories of her family are warm and genuine. There are just a couple of things wrong like a few typos and I really wish there were more pictures of the food but other than that it is a beautiful book. I have always enjoyed Valerie as and actor but now as a cook too. She is like the girlfriend next door. And she has some recipes from "Mrs. Van Halen "...which I just find that very cool. She did not put her buttermilk blueberry cake recipe in there (it is in an old woman's day issue, January) it is so delicious. You have to look it up and print it out. I made that twice so far and it only last a couple of days. Valerie is a beautiful person inside and out and it shows in this book. The recipes are simple and not complicated, just things you would make for a family gathering or just you and your hubby. I personally don't like complicated meals everyday of the week. I love the book and like I said look up her Buttermilk Blueberry Cake recipe, it is so delicious.I hope she writes another cookbook.
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I love this...not just the food and photos, but the stories and the eye into the life of Valerie Bertinelli. I am 5 years older which seemed like a lot when she was Barbara on One Day at a Time...NOW, not so much. I enjoy her writing, the stories of family love and the sharing of recipes new and old.

I love to cook good food and have the time and inclination to keep a well stocked pantry and cook from scratch using not much processed...less all of the time. Although, she gives a nod to using some items for convenience and time, most recipes are pure scratch.

Obviously, the Italian family recipes sound wonderful but I also enjoy the Jenny Craig adaptations.

Mainly, though, I love the "voice", warmth and charm of the narrative. And, like Ms. Bertinelli, I am a lover of Chipotle Tabasco!
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The well-known TV actress, Valerie Bertinelli delivers an awesome cookbook with mouthwatering recipes, heartwarming stories of her childhood, stunning photos and much more. I have been collecting Italian recipes over 25 years, and have tried some of her favorites over the years, which left me completely satisfied. "One Dish At A Time" includes more than 100 recipes, suggestions for social gatherings, and tips on portion control and indulgence. Her recipes are from her Italian heritage, which I compared to recipes from my Italian grandparents, and found that both are well-worth the time to add to my favorite recipe box. Her recipes are simple, but delicious, and will welcome any social event, or home-cooked dinner for your family. Her tips and advice for a healthy lifestyle are also interesting and educational. This amazing cookbook is designed to please any home cook, and those who enjoy cooking Italian! Delightful, and a great gift idea for family and friends, who love to exchange recipes and try new exciting cooking recipes in your own kitchen. Highly Recommended!
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By Tara on December 4, 2012
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I have already cooked 3 dishes.The food is great. The layout is wonderful. Makes me think of my moms cooking. Amazing!
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I really liked this cookbook. The pasta fagiole soup was awesome as well as the pot roast. I'm looking forward to trying the Indonesian recipes too. I'd recommend this cookbook.
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By jp2Pal on November 23, 2012
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I like that this isn't a "diet" cookbook, although there are certainly recipes that lend themselves to weight watching. I usually only get one or two really workable recipes from a cookbook, but I got more from this one. Love the green bean recipe--simple and elegant--a nice cross between salad and green veggie side.
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is that possible? ;-) With her sunny personality and lovely, forever-young looking face, she just exudes all things positive and happy.

I was really looking forward to reading this cookbook and for the most part, Valerie did not disappoint.

I loved how she's woven in life stories along with the recipes.

The food photography and those of Valerie are all wonderful.

I found several recipes that I will make in the future including:

Orzo with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes

Mint Cucumber Soup

Kale Chips (three ways)

and a few others.

I consider ANY cookbook worthwhile, if I can find at least 4-5 recipes that I would actually make. This one definitely hit that mark!

My only complaint: as a vegetarian, I would have appreciated more vegetarian or vegan recipes; but this is not a vegetarian cookbook so can't complain too much in that regard.

This would make an ideal wedding/shower gift I think or a "just because" gift for the cooks on your list.

Recommended!

Geraldine Helen Hartman, award-winning cookbook author
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I bought 2- one for a Christmas gift. The lady I bought it for is trying to lose some weight before a surgery. I had hoped it would have more Weight Watcher or diet friendly recipes. And most recipes call for Kosher Salt, which I have to limit because of blood pressure. Otherwise not a bad book for the price.
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