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The Only Italian cookbook you will need,
This review is from: Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes (Hardcover)I have been a big fan of the show since the beginning. This book is a blessing. For a long time I would have to hunt down the recopies on the food network website, print them, lose half of them, etc. This way I have it all in a beautiful glossy hard cover book, written with warmth, personal stories and mouth watering pictures of the dishes.
I have made many of the dishes she features in her book, and not one turned out badly. It all comes out exactly as it's supposed to. That's tricky with some cookbooks, when you just can't get it to be what it's meant to be. Giada's book is divided in these sections:
Antipasti, Sauces, Pasta Polenta and Risotto, Entrees, Contorini (Side Dishes) and Dolci (Desserts)
Some of my favorite recipes I've made are:
Stuffed mushrooms: thank goodness they are so simple to make, because I am being hounded by my boyfriend to make them. Simply amazing.
Simple Bolognese- meaty, fresh, and satisfying, plus you don't have to wonder what was in it. You made it and you know it's clean. Classic recipe that's easy to follow.
Brown Butter sauce - I can still close my eyes and taste the sage and butter, over any meat. Instant dress up to any meal.
Chicken piccata - light, lemony, olivey, simply fantastic.
I can just go on and on, but I don't want to bore anyone. This book is simply super. I don't mind the pictures of her, and if she changed her clothes for every single photo in the book, I would have mistaken it for a Vogue shoot, instead of a cookbook.
Hope you can enjoy it as much as I am. This book is in constant use at my house.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2006 7:39:38 PM PST
K. Montgomery says:
Kasia, I always meant to comment on what a GREAT review this is! It really, really makes me hungry, lol!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2006 9:17:07 AM PST
- Kasia S. says:
Thank you! I really love this book, the food is clean, succulent and not fussy.
Posted on Sep 18, 2008 6:44:12 AM PDT
K. Garren says:
Your review is spot on. I have a pretty large number of cookbooks at home but this is actually the one I find myself reaching for most often. I like to make a checkmark next to any recipe I make (from any cookbook), and it's amazing when I flip through this one--LOTS of checkmarks! I've actually made all the recipes you mentioned multiple times. The chicken piccata was the greatest discovery to me the first time I made it. That is hands down one of the fastest, easiest, and yet delicious with a gorgeous presentation dishes EVER. Again, I have a lot of cookbooks, but this is by far my favorite that I own.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2008 1:01:44 PM PDT
- Kasia S. says:
Thank you so much for the comment : )
I keep the book at work now and browse it before I leave for the day, if something catches my eye I just photocopy the recipie and shop on my way home, then prepare it there..but yes I agree, this has so many tasty dishes I'm opening it all the time. Her new book is coming out soon, in november I think, can't wait : )
I made the Chicken piccata the other night, so good, my mouth was curling from the lemon, yumyum
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