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5.0 out of 5 stars The Delights of Family Cooking, Italian Style, May 27, 2012
This review is from: Hazan Family Favorites: Beloved Italian Recipes from the Hazan Family (Hardcover)
I was at once, and immediately drawn to the beauty of each page as they unfolded only to find in each page, a mouth-watering recipe. I so appreciate the utter simplicity of Giuliano's recipes that make me feel like I am a gourmet cook after I prepare them and better yet, eat them. I also found delightful, his willingness and honesty to bring us into his home and introduce us to his family. I loved looking at those beautiful girls shaking it up, helping and contributing in their wholesome way to the very essence of these family recipes. Hey, if these girls can do it, so can I.

Pizza is on every corner and for the most part, forgettable. However, Giuliano's pizza is absolutely unforgettable with all of its luscious mixture of his amazing sauce and choices of fresh vegetables or meat, whatever is your liking or preference, and like an amazing chef, he is able to delight us with both.

Now for my favorite, which I recognize is not everyone's, brussels sprouts. Thank you Giuliano for giving us a recipe even haters of brussels sprouts I'm sure will enjoy. You give the trick to making them savory and sweet, boil them first, how simple and easy and then to be gratified with such tasty flavors mixed with the pancetta to tease and delight our palette. So all you brussels sprouts lovers and haters this is a must in experiencing gourmet cooking at its best. Vegetables can be a challenge and Giuliano is able to have us loving our vegetables.

This is a cookbook I feel everyone can find enjoyment in, simple, exemplary meals that make us feel like we are gourmet cooks. There is also the added pleasure of his intimate engaging pictures of his family through different generations of outstanding chefs, his boyhood growing up with chefs and then the very special look at his own family and his sharing with his daughters the joys and delight of cooking.

A very happy and satisfied customer,

Barbara Kitada
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