Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. Everyday...

Title:Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes
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ISBN:1400052580
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes Reviews

  • Kristl
    May 12, 2007

    I love Giada. I love Giada's books, I love Giada's recipes, I love Giada's show, I love how Giada says "crunchy," heck, I love Giada's clothes.

    I love basil, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil (I needn't cutesy abbreviate here or the Food Network world might implode), parmesano reggiano, and I love basil some more.

    The recipes in Everyday Italian are fresh, simple(ish), and easily shopped-for.

    I only refrained from the final star because not everyone loves the fresh Italian palate all the time (all t

    I love Giada. I love Giada's books, I love Giada's recipes, I love Giada's show, I love how Giada says "crunchy," heck, I love Giada's clothes.

    I love basil, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil (I needn't cutesy abbreviate here or the Food Network world might implode), parmesano reggiano, and I love basil some more.

    The recipes in Everyday Italian are fresh, simple(ish), and easily shopped-for.

    I only refrained from the final star because not everyone loves the fresh Italian palate all the time (all the time... see the review for "French Women Never Get Fat" to see how I was meant to live abroad) like I do, nor do they necessarily embrace ingredients like pine nuts and currants like me (my sister). And I cook for these people.

  • Allison
    Aug 08, 2007

    Folks, proscuitto wrapped around roasted asparagus is not a recipe, its a nice suggestion. If you want nice, boring quasi-Italian suggestions, then by all means, by this book. On second thought, don't by this book, it sucks. Lidia's books have recipes and suggestions.

  • Christine
    Jul 10, 2008

    OK, I have some strong opinions about the Food Network stars and I happen to love Giada. I do not like Rachel Ray, by the way, and don't get me started on lame-ass Sandra Lee. Crazy Ida will probably have a breakdown one day when that husband of hers who is never around finally leaves her, but she does know how to cook well though.

    Anyway, Giada has it all: the perfect body, adoring husband, impeccable cooking skills, a winning personality, the most current Anthropologie wardrobe, and friends mi

    OK, I have some strong opinions about the Food Network stars and I happen to love Giada. I do not like Rachel Ray, by the way, and don't get me started on lame-ass Sandra Lee. Crazy Ida will probably have a breakdown one day when that husband of hers who is never around finally leaves her, but she does know how to cook well though.

    Anyway, Giada has it all: the perfect body, adoring husband, impeccable cooking skills, a winning personality, the most current Anthropologie wardrobe, and friends miraculously appear wherever she travels to on her weekends.

    And I actually do really like her as a Food Network chef. She knows what she is doing, has style in her cooking and is a great teacher. Now onto her cookbook...

    Her cookbook has wonderful, appetizing, close-up photos of the finished product. Her ingredients and directions are very clear. More importantly her recipes are really good. They are what Italian cooking is all about...fresh and relatively simple ingredients prepared correctly to create something wonderful. It is truly a celebration of food.

    Giada makes her recipes so detailed that someone who knows almost nothing can make them. But they are decent enough that anyone who is an ace in the kitchen will enjoy them as well.

  • Mary Frasier
    Oct 17, 2010

    Everything from anti-pasti to dolce' in an easy to follow format and with beautiful photos of the finished food. The Crostata with Mushrooms and Pancetta (page 28) looks and tastes like something you would be served in a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, yet it is so easy to prepare, even for the beginner home cook.

    Most of the ingredients in these recipes are easily found in a well stocked pantry. Loved it and use it as one of my day to day "go to" cookbooks. As a barkeep would keep his/her finer liqu

    Everything from anti-pasti to dolce' in an easy to follow format and with beautiful photos of the finished food. The Crostata with Mushrooms and Pancetta (page 28) looks and tastes like something you would be served in a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, yet it is so easy to prepare, even for the beginner home cook.

    Most of the ingredients in these recipes are easily found in a well stocked pantry. Loved it and use it as one of my day to day "go to" cookbooks. As a barkeep would keep his/her finer liquors a level above the rest, this particular book of Giada's is kept on the "top shelf" in my cookbook cupboard.

  • Devon
    Jun 09, 2011

    I love Giada de Laurentiis. She is a model chef, mother and wife and has the cutest style and her show "Everyday Italian."

    This cookbook is wonderful if you want to cook tradition Italian dishes. I love the tortellini in chicken broth.

    My one complaint in this book is that she doesn't bring anything contemporary into these dishes. I love anything traditional, but I wanted her cookbook to see a new twist on some of these everyday italian meals.

    I am very excited to try her desserts!!

  • Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
    Jul 16, 2011

    Since I checked this out from the library, I only had time to make a few of the recipes, all of which were really good! Plus, there’s a few more I wanted to try, but I didn’t get the chance. It’s definitely something I want to buy when I get the chance. Or maybe I can just check it out from the librayr another time. The recipes I did make were interesting: lots of fresh herbs and veggies! I managed to not hurt myself while chopping the vegetables up, which is a miracle. And washing/rinsing and t

    Since I checked this out from the library, I only had time to make a few of the recipes, all of which were really good! Plus, there’s a few more I wanted to try, but I didn’t get the chance. It’s definitely something I want to buy when I get the chance. Or maybe I can just check it out from the librayr another time. The recipes I did make were interesting: lots of fresh herbs and veggies! I managed to not hurt myself while chopping the vegetables up, which is a miracle. And washing/rinsing and then chopping them the second I got home from the grocery store is a really good idea! It made everything go a lot faster knowing that everything was ready to go.

    Plus, I love the simplicity of the recipes: I did have some trouble finding some of the fresh herbs at the grocery store, but thankfully it was really easy to substitute them with the ones I could find.

    Rating: Based on the few things I managed to make, it gets a 4 out of 5. I love the easy-to-follow recipes, and the layout of the book.

  • Janet
    Dec 29, 2012

    I was pleasantly surprised by this cookbook -- the "everyday" concept is delivered in an approachable way. The majority of the ingredients are readily available and in my local grocery store. None of the recipes seem daunting. I can't wait to try them!

    The bonus for me was that this was a downloadable library book. I would have passed this by at the bookstore, but the no-risk opportunity to thumb through it (albeit virtually) led to my reading every recipe.

  • Amy Kannel
    Jul 19, 2016

    I get that Giada is gorgeous. Really, she is. Stunningly so. But when I open a cookbook, I expect to see photos of, I don't know, the food described in the recipes maybe? Instead it is: Giada stirring a pot of something. Giada chopping something. Giada's million-dollar smile as she juices a lemon. I MEAN SERIOUSLY. This is a cookbook, not a fashion magazine. Good grief. Photos of garlic, photos of a cutting board + knife. SHOW ME WHAT THE PREPARED FOOD LOOKS LIKE!!

    Mostly this seemed not really m

    I get that Giada is gorgeous. Really, she is. Stunningly so. But when I open a cookbook, I expect to see photos of, I don't know, the food described in the recipes maybe? Instead it is: Giada stirring a pot of something. Giada chopping something. Giada's million-dollar smile as she juices a lemon. I MEAN SERIOUSLY. This is a cookbook, not a fashion magazine. Good grief. Photos of garlic, photos of a cutting board + knife. SHOW ME WHAT THE PREPARED FOOD LOOKS LIKE!!

    Mostly this seemed not really my style. I marked maybe three recipes I want to try. But on the whole it seemed too simplified and too Italian-American...I don't mind going to some extra effort in the kitchen and I was looking for some authentic Italian recipes. Also I was just so annoyed by the useless photography.


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