Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis is one of America’s most-loved culinary stars, adored for her Food Network hit shows and her New York Times bestselling cookbooks alike, both of which feature her fresh, flavorful Italian recipes. For the first time, Giada tackles weeknight cooking, sharing her favorite tips and go-to dishes—all in her vibrant signature style—to get a delicious meal on the table in a flash.

After a full day, Giada, like most parents, wants nothing more than to sit down for a home-cooked dinner with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade. Weeknights with Giada rises to the challenge, delivering soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and meat and fish dishes that come together quickly as stand-alone main courses—most in half an hour or less: Rustic Vegetable and Polenta Soup, a hearty soul-warming one-pot dish, cooks in under twenty minutes; Lemony White Bean, Tuna, and Arugula Salad is a great meal that’s quickly assembled from pantry and fridge essentials; Spicy Linguini with Clams and Mussels is a fifteen-minute-or-less spectacular pasta; and you can’t beat Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Pepper and Caper Salsa, which are also ready in just fifteen minutes. From inventive breakfast-for-dinner dishes and meatless Monday vegetarian recipes—both weekly traditions in Giada’s house—to picnic sandwiches and hearty salad recipes for reinventing leftovers, Weeknights with Giada reveals every secret in her repertoire. Even the desserts are quick to mix and bake, should a craving—or a last-minute school bake sale—strike.

Here is Giada at her most inventive—and at her most laid-back. Flavor, freshness, and fun take center stage while cooking times, pots dirtied, and stress are kept to a minimum. With gorgeous color photographs and intimate home snapshots of Giada and her family, Weeknights with Giada is a welcome handbook of fantastic recipes and surefire Monday-to-Friday strategies for every home cook.

From NetGalley.

As with all of the author's cookbooks the photography in this is beautiful.  While not every recipe is represented with a picture, enough are (about half) that you get the feel of the recipes.  The recipes are presented in a simple, clean format which makes for easy reading while cooking.

I actually made the Rustic Vegetable and Polenta Soup from Page 31 when the recipe was featured on her show Giada at Home and it was quite good.  Finding the instant polenta to make it in Connecticut was quite a feat (thank you Whole Foods)!

I especially liked the Breakfast for Dinner section which was a fun addition and the Almond Pancakes sound like a fun recipe to try.  I also found several recipes in the Desserts section that I will be making.

Overall, this would make a lovely hostess or general gift for Giada fans and soon to become fans alike.  Of course, it would also be a solid addition to any cook's personal library as well.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Gina said...

I love Giada and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the review!

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