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Publisher's Weekly, May 2011
"Giudice's recipes and instructions ensure quality every time… Traditionalists in search of a collection of classic recipes will appreciate Giudice's aversion to corner-cutting, and her calorie-cutting tips, and fans of The Real Housewives will lap it all up."

About the Author

Teresa Giudice is the star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, airing its third season on Bravo in 2011. She was born in New Jersey to parents who emigrated from Italy, and has been married to her childhood sweetheart for 11 years. Together they have 4 daughters: Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. She lives in Northern New Jersey.

Heather Maclean married a Scot, but her family, the Zavagnos, hails from northern Italy. A mom of 3, Princeton grad and former Disney exec, she was the first person ever to answer Mickey Mouse's e-mail.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762442395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762442393
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Smith on November 8, 2011
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So yes, I have watched RHONJ for sure. I am not a real fan of anyone in any of the shows. To me they are just shows and I leave the rest for the crazy fans to gossip about with their endless amounts of free time they seem to have on their hands. Now lets get to the cook book. When Teresa's first book came out I thought hey what they heck. Amazon had it for super cheap when it first came out. I got it for $9.00, so I thought hey it might have some good stuff in it. She cooks for her kids and a very picky husband every day so I thought this girl may know how to cook. It came and I cooked my way through it. I thought it was a great beginner into to Italian cooking. I actually review cookbooks and I liked it. She even teaches you how to can sauce with perfect detail and excellent instructions. So when the second came out I did a pre-ordered for it. It came and again cooked my way through it. Again very good. I cook A LOT and own MANY cook books. Like I said, I review them so I know a bad recipe and a good recipe and a bad cook book and good one. If you hate her just put that aside, her books are really well organized and she has great recipes. She keeps it healthy, budget friendly and tasty. For sure impressed.
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We needed a change in the dinner menu. I bought the book and so far I've made six dishes. Everyone in my family loves everything I have made so far. Last night made the baked chicken, it was the best chicken and skin I have ever tasted. This book was a good investment,its healthy food! Never thought I could ever make home made tomato sauce!! These dishes leave plenty of left overs so these recipes are a time saver as well. The food even taste better the next day!
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I grew to really like her first cookbook,Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! finding myself going back to her recipes and her herb chart and herb lesson many times. Good reliable recipes although not enough of them in that first book. This book remedies that. The two books together make a really nice home style Italian American cookbook set. My advice is buy both for a full set of good recipes plus the advice on buying and using herbs, canning tomatoes and buying olive oil and other staples for the pantry.

The author really dialed down the tacky sexual innuendo and personal attacks on others that wasted so much space in her first book. This made a refreshing change for the better. It's easy to focus on the cooking part of this excellent little cookbook. She left out the nutrition profiles which were a VERY nice feature in her first book and I notice she brought them back for book # 3. I notice they are missing in book #4 the grill book, but they are probably extra work and expense for the publisher to include so this isn't a criticism directed at the author, but more towards the publisher, since that is a valuable feature. I'm still working my way thru books 3 and 4 so I'm not recommending them yet but I'm ready to state that this book and the first one are really worth getting.

What I love about this book is the recipes!!!!! She continues to provide recipes that are high in flavour and very easy to complete. No intimidation for beginner cooks or people in a hurry. Simple, tasty and reliable. That isn't always the case with chefs turned recipe writers.
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Cute stories and photos about this reality show celeb & her family. Nice, but I was expecting better recipes. I am Italian American too & my Mom & Nonna gave me the same recipes. It is a good basic cook book for someone that has never made Italian dishes before.
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This was a requested present. That being said, I did scan the contents and am done with filling requests. Never. Again.I understand she is going to prison but I can't find WHAT law this book broke, altho I suspect her sentence still doesn't equal the offense....
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This would have been a good book, but Teresa's bad mouthing her friends really turned me off. This was supposed to be a cook book, not a trash your friends book. Sorry Teresa, you really dropped the ball on this one. Next time stick to recipes and stop bad mouthing your friends.
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So far I have made a few of the recipes and had mixed results.
The bucatini turned out so great. The chicken, lemon and white wine taste yummy and the basil and parsley gave great flavor.
The chicken with bell peppers and onions is so so. I normally adore balsamic vinegar but it gave the stew a sour taste.
The party cookies with sprinkles turned out quite pretty. My husband recommended I make a batch for his Sicilian mom who is an italian dessert snob...high praise indeed.
I like the recipes but am not too fond of the endless amount of silly commentary.
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I'm from Italy ( Sicily ) I bought the book to see any similarities to my Italian cooking.
It's ok. A lot of the things she makes have a twist of Americana cooking, not all that authentic.
It's ok though....
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