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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401310354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401310356
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Giudice, famous for table flipping and gushing over her juicy husband, Joe, on Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey, offers a simple rundown of Italian standards like pesto and puttanesca sauces, veal piccata, steak pizzaiola, almond biscotti and the classic bellini in her authentic yet dishy look into food and family. Few recipes will surprise the seasoned Italian cook, though Giudice gets points for keeping dishes rather healthy while boosting flavor with fresh herbs, pungent garlic, and hot pepper. Coupled with family photos and sidebar comments about their friends and favorite dishes from Teresa and Joe, the book plays well to a younger, hipper home cook. With a focus on steering clear of reputation-ruining no-nos like jarred sauce and rinsing cooked pasta, Giudice dives into some deeper waters with coaching on making pizza dough and canning tomatoes. Though she tries a little too hard to make everything salacious, gorgeous, and fabulous, useful tips abound (the section on olive oil is titled OO, VOO, EVOO, WTF?). Take away the overblown catch phrases and effusive references to her mama, The Sopranos, and the motherland, and you're left with a solid mid-week Italian cookbook. Then again, perhaps it's the chatty Teresa and her feisty yet playful anecdotes that make this an irresistible, guilty pleasure. (May)
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About the Author

Teresa Giudice is the star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. After a career in the fashion industry, Teresa and her husband opened a restaurant in Hillside, New Jersey: Giuseppe's Homestyle Pizzeria. Giudice has been married to fellow Italian and childhood sweetheart Joe Giudice for 10 years. The couple has four daughters: Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana.

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Customer Reviews

I love cooking, learning about food, healthy eating, and italian food.
CAtoNV
As I was flipping through, I noticed that there were personal stories from Teresa and her family as well as great, easy to follow recipes.
Alyssa90
Really, if you want to know how to cook like you are from the hills of Italy, read this book, and cook like it.
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I bought this book for 2 reasons, never having watched the TV show. First, diet Italian food, who wouldn't like that? and Second, the wonderful little section on Italian herbs and spices. That alone is worth the price of the book.

The recipes are simple and easy, but far too few to make a good cookbook, let alone a diet cookbook. Everything I've cooked from it, has turned out. That lemon chicken is excellent. But there isn't much there! What is in there is pretty good in flavour, ease of preparation and relatively inexpensive.

The diet advice is sketchy at best. A little on portion control, a good comment on Italian American food as served by such popular joints like the Olive Garden. Basically pointing out that the way food is eaten in Italy is much different, pasta is a side dish, not a main dish, and it isn't usually swimming in cholesterol. BUT as diet advice goes, this isn't enough for most people to lose weight on. As a guide to the reason why Mediterranean diets work for health and weight loss, this is lacking.

However the nutritional analysis; calorie counts, fat, carb and protein grams at the back was EXCELLENT and I wish more cookbooks did that!

Edited to add: I've tried: Italian salad dressing page 41, Basil Lemon Drizzle p 48 which is very nice over chicken or fish, I did the swordfish recipe from page 51 using salmon and it was great. Garlic shrimp page 54, Pork chops on page 66, Chicken in lemon thyme marinade page 70, veal piccata (using chicken) page 189 and skinny snapper page 219.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Susan K.Smith on May 10, 2012
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I bought this book for the recipes, but I had seen several of these recipes on free recipes site. That being said when I buy a cookbook its for recipes, not funny little stories about people that I don't know. Sorry to say this is one book that will sit in my kitchen but not get used.
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167 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Jen82 on August 15, 2010
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I have actually tried two of the recipies which I think is more important than just basing the book on your personal opinion of Teresa Giudice. I made the Farfalle con Piselli and followed the recipie exactly. It calls for a chopped medium onion and 1/3 cup light cream, which, once put over heat like instructed to, the light cream evaporates and you are left with a pile of barely coated onions that you have to add to pasta. I had to add almost the entire pint of light cream to get it to a consistency that can be added to pasta, then, it was bland so I added nutmeg to give it flavor. Next up, Old World Pizza Dough. Not too bad, but tasted EXACTLY like what you can buy in the grocery store. No point in buying the ingredients for the dough when you can buy a $2 bag and it tastes and bakes the same. The next day, I was at my dad's and my stepmom was making pizza dough and using the recipie that comes with the Cuisinart food processor, which I just got. Her dough looked great, so I went home and made it and it was so much better than Teresa's! Not only did it taste better, but this book that is supposed you help you get into your skinny jeans calls for 1/4 cup olive oil compared the the Cuisinart one which calls for 3 teaspoons! Pasta Cacio e Pepe and Skinny Pasta Al Burro are almost the same dishes, the only differences are that one uses spagetti and one uses fettuccine, and the skinny pasta has an addition of two ingredients, butter and oil! Why make a cookbook where two of the recipies are almost identical? Not to mention the fact that those two recipies are pasta with grated cheese on them, that's it. Not exactly an intricate italian dish. I have a lot of better, tastier recipies that I have found by simply googling around.Read more ›
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laurie G on May 4, 2011
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I give this book 2 stars for the recipes only.The recipes are good! The rest of the book is Teresa trying to convince the world of her perfect life and perfect husband,which anyone familiar with this family,knows is not true. It is quite obvious when Teresa is knowledgable abt cooking and where she is not,you can tell the difference between Teresa and the co-author! This book did not need "Juicy Joe's Tidbits". This book is just a personal effort to embarass the people she does not care for and promote her so called perfect life. If it were just the recipes,it would get 5 stars,the rest is uneccessary!"
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46 of 62 people found the following review helpful By F. Vecchio on September 25, 2010
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I hoped this book would give me a new batch of recipes to use. I was really disappointed. It seemed that she reused recipes that have been written over and over in other italian cookbooks. The dessert section is a long commercial for Nutella. Don't waste your money buying this book. Personally, we love the show. As far as the book goes - fuhgetaboudit. Sincerely, Exit 16E.
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52 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Haddongirl on August 23, 2011
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This so-called cookbook has more talking in it about the author's thoughts on "Italian culture" than it did recipes. The Author drones on and on about what "Italian" really is. If you want an Italian cookbook, buy it from Lydia, Mario or Giada! This is just smoke and mirrors.
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