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Giada's Family Dinners

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by Giada De Laurentiis
     
 

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In her New York Times bestseller Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis introduced us to the simple, fresh flavors of her native Italian cuisine. Now, America’s favorite Italian cook is back with a new batch of simple, delicious recipes geared toward family meals—Italian style.

These unpretentious and delicious meals are at the center of

Overview

In her New York Times bestseller Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis introduced us to the simple, fresh flavors of her native Italian cuisine. Now, America’s favorite Italian cook is back with a new batch of simple, delicious recipes geared toward family meals—Italian style.

These unpretentious and delicious meals are at the center of some of Giada’s warmest memories of sitting around the table with her family, passing bowls of wonderful food, and laughing over old times. Recipes for soups like Escarole and Bean and hearty sandwiches such as the classic Italian Muffuletta make casual, easy suppers, while one-pot dinners like Giada’s Chicken Vesuvio and Veal Stew with Cipollini Onions are just as simple but elegant enough for company. You’ll also find recipes for holiday favorites you’ll be tempted to make all year round, including Easter Pie, Turkey and Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta, and Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce.

Giada’s Family Dinners celebrates the fun of family meals with photographs of Giada’s real-life family and friends as well as the wonderful dishes she shares with them in her kitchen. Suggested menus help you put together a family-style meal for any occasion, from informal to festive.

The heart of Italian cooking is the home, and Giada’s Family Dinners—full of fantastic recipes that require a minimum of fuss to prepare—invites you to treat everyone like a member of the family.

Nothing is more important than family. Bring yours to the table with Giada’s unpretentious, authentic, down-home Italian cooking!

• SOUPS AND SANDWICHES
• ITALIAN SALADS AND SIDES
• EVERYDAY FAMILY ENTREES
• THE ITALIAN GRILL
• FAMILY-STYLE PASTA
• FAMILY-STYLE GET-TOGETHERS
• ITALIAN FAMILY FEASTS
• FAMILY-STYLE DESSERTS

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With her second cookbook, Food TV star De Laurentiis proves she's more than just a pretty face. Although the host of Everyday Italian is not hard to look at, and photos of her and her family cooking are scattered throughout, there are many more reasons to pick up this book. If classics like Escarole and Bean Soup, Chicken Marsala, and Basic Polenta aren't strong enough incentives, then perhaps modern interpretations such as Chicken Carbonara, Roasted Red Snapper with Parsley Vinaigrette, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese, or Espresso Brownies will be. Like De Laurentiis's first, bestselling book (named after her show), this volume presents doable dishes, though there's an emphasis here on feeding a crowd (which doesn't mean small households can't make Italian Wedding Soup and freeze some for an easy weeknight supper). There are twists on Thanksgiving classics, including Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus, Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta, and Butternut Squash Lasagna as well as recipes for traditional Italian holiday foods like Easter Pie, Pizza Rustica, and Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce. Broader and more developed than Everyday Italian, De Laurentiis's second book nicely showcases her range and depth. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
De Laurentiis is one of the Food Network's hottest new stars, with two series to her credit, and her first cookbook, Everyday Italian, was a best seller. Here are more easy recipes for simple meals, some designed to feed a crowd, others for more intimate gatherings-along with lots of photographs showing off De Laurentiis's glamorous look. Expect demand. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307238276
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
289,758
Product dimensions:
7.85(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Giada De Laurentiis is the star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian and Behind the Bash. She attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris, and then worked in a variety of Los Angeles restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, before starting her own catering and private-chef company, GDL Foods. The granddaughter of movie producer Dino De Laurentiis, Giada was born in Rome and grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her daughter, Jade.

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Giada's Family Dinners 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this book for almost a year now and have tried about half of the recipes. I have yet to find one that my family, friends, or I don't like. I'm not a great cook, but this book makes me look like I am. This has the BEST tomato soup recipe I've ever had. The recipes are wonderful and the directions are very clear. There are recipes for every season and occasion in here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I come from a family who owned restaurants, recipes were tragically lost, causing me emptiness that has made me somewhat neglect cooking. It is a blessing that we can trust and turn to beautiful Giada¿s recipes for fresh, traditional cuisine that is delightfully simple to create and find ingredients for. She teaches how to make very impressive meals and the photos and presentation are wonderful! I feel very proud of myself and more complete preparing and sharing meals as fine as these with others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cookbook last Christmas and loved it. Recipes are fun and easy to make. This book is well organized and is easy to understand. A great but for a great value.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Giada hits another home-run with this one. I loved it as much, if not more than Everyday Italian. The recipes are super easy to follow and have always turned out great for me. The girls at work say that her recipe for Espresso Brownies are the best brownies they've ever tasted. I can't wait to try the rest of them and I'm planning on making every single recipe in the book. It's my new favorite bedtime reader!!
EstradaMelanie More than 1 year ago
I used this book for all the recipes for the the first Thanksgiving that my husband and I hosted. The citrus turkey with Herbes de Provence is amazing. I undercooked it the first time, but I gave it a test run this time and it came out amazing. The stuffing, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese are all absolutely delicious. Giada never disappoints with her recipes. I recommend this for people who need a guide for their first holiday or anybody looking to add some variety to their dishes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually I ordered this book by mistake, I thought I was ordering a different book of Giada's. We have loved her EVERYDAY PASTA book and my intention was to order her EVERYDAY ITALIAN book, but apparently I clicked on the wrong thing. I was going to return it but my husband started to look through the book and kept finding recipe after recipe that he just fell in love with! We have made many of the dishes from this book and every single one has been simple and delicious! My personal favorite is the GARLIC and CITRUS CHICKEN! WONDERFUL! I can never get enough of it!! NOW, I have to go back and buy the EVERYDAY ITALIAN cook book, that was my originally intended purchase! I would highly recommend this ANYONE who love simple and delicious Italian food and is a fan of Giada De Laurentis!
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italia_lover More than 1 year ago
a "lightweight", perfectly colorful cookbook - what could be better! Giada's Thanksgiving turkey recipe is now easily accessible to me always, no matter where in the world I might be. I am now the proud owner of four of her nook cookbooks! it's like turning the pages in my hardcover books which sadly sit on a bookshelf back in the states and will be passed on to a family member ... this is definitely a better way to find recipes and if I need to see it in a bigger format, there's always my computer for my nookbooks!!
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I was very pleased with this cookbook. I have made a few receipes so far from this cookbook and really enjoyed the meals.
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