Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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She’s taught us every facet of Italian cooking—from traditional and regional to seasonal and contemporary. She even made us fall in love with pasta again by opening us up to lighter, healthier versions that don’t weigh us down. Now the Food Network star and bestselling author of Everyday Pasta, Giada De Laurentiis, takes us down a new path, sharing her love of food with clean, vibrant, simple flavors and bursts of bright colors that look as ...
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Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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Overview

She’s taught us every facet of Italian cooking—from traditional and regional to seasonal and contemporary. She even made us fall in love with pasta again by opening us up to lighter, healthier versions that don’t weigh us down. Now the Food Network star and bestselling author of Everyday Pasta, Giada De Laurentiis, takes us down a new path, sharing her love of food with clean, vibrant, simple flavors and bursts of bright colors that look as beautiful on the plate as they are delicious.

Yes, you will still find those fabulous recipes she remembers so fondly from family meals, but you’ll also find updated twists on classic trattoria favorites—California-inflected, hearty but not overwhelming, and with the perfect balance of healthfulness and terrific flavor. Wouldn’t you love a faster, lighter take on osso buco (here made with turkey instead of veal), a salad with real substance (like one of cantaloupe, red onion, and walnuts), and fish that gets an Italian makeover by way of lots of fresh veggies and accents such as fennel and grapefruit salsa? And let’s not forget dessert. After all, what’s not to adore about little doughnuts dipped in chocolate sauce?

Ranging from soups and snacks to easy entrées and elegant dinner-party fare, Giada’s recipes are perfect for any day of the week. And for the first time, she includes a full section of dishes that the little ones will love making as much as they love eating (like mini chicken meatballs). With something to please everyone at your table, Giada’s Kitchen deliciously demonstrates why Giada De Laurentiis has become America’s best-loved Italian cook.

Italy meets California In Giada De Laurentiis’s collection of 100 new recipes, she focuses on fresh ingredients, simple preparation, and bright flavors. Anyone who wants to indulge in the pleasures of Italian food without feeling weighed down will find inspiration for delicious, hearty yet healthy weekday meals. Giada’s recipes satisfy both our desire to eat with gusto and to feel good about what we eat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307885609
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 429,308
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author

GIADA DE LAURENTIIS is the star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada’s Weekend Getaways, and Giada in Paradise. She attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Los Angeles. This is her fourth book.

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Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Skewers

Everyone seems to love this simple combination of clean, fresh flavors. If watermelon is not in season you can substitute cantaloupe, but for a burst of pure flavor that really plays off the herbal flavor of the tomatoes, you can’t beat watermelon. Stacking the skewers vertically and serving them upright looks especially elegant.

6 to 8 servings

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 4- to 5-pound seedless watermelon
60 small basil leaves (or torn larger leaves)
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse or kosher salt
Special equipment: 16 (6-inch) wooden skewers

Combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Cut the top and bottom off the watermelon, then make 4 straight cuts down the sides so you have a cube of rindless watermelon. Cut the cube into 1½-inch slices, then cut the slices into 1½-inch cubes. Assemble the skewers by pushing a basil leaf to the end of one skewer. Then skewer a cube of watermelon, then a tomato half. Continue with another watermelon cube, basil leaf, and tomato half, ending with a basil leaf. Repeat to make 15 more skewers.

Drizzle the skewers with the reserved balsamic syrup and the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Serve.


Whole-Wheat Linguine with Green Beans, Ricotta, and Lemon
Serves 4 to 6 servings

Not all cream sauces are super-rich. This pasta gets its creamy sauce from a combination of part-skim ricotta and pasta water, which come together to make a really easy, lighter cream sauce. Don’t leave out the lemon zest; it brightens the flavor and adds a wonderful lemony aroma as well.

   • 1 pound whole-wheat linguine
   • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
   • 3 tablespoons olive oil
   • 1/2 pound French green beans (haricots verts), trimmed and halved lengthwise
   • 1 garlic clove, chopped
   • 1 teaspoon salt
   • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
   • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
   • Zest of 1 lemon

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Transfer the hot pasta to a large heat-proof bowl and add the ricotta. Toss to combine.

Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the green beans, garlic, salt, and pepper and saute for 4 minutes. Add the reserved pasta cooking liquid and continue cooking until the beans are tender, about 4 more minutes. Add the ricotta-coated pasta to the pan with the green beans and toss to combine. Add the tomatoes and toss gently. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with the lemon zest. Serve.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Great step-by-step guide for quick recipes

    This book has lots of great recipes that are easy to make. The step-by-step illustrations and clear directions are very informative and easy to follow.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Great Simple Italian Recipes

    This is my second Giada book. I've tried several recipes from both and all were delicious and most were easy to make. You do need a good arsenal of tools for some of the recipes, but all use common ingredients and are pretty much fool proof. I have her books and Lydia Bastianich's books and like them both very much. Lydia's recipes are more authentic regional Italian and are often pages of instructions (still not difficult), while Giada's are usually just one page and are often her own invention, but sill unmistakeably Italian.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent cookbook with easy to follow recipes that are categorized by type.

    For anyone who watches Giada on the Food Network, this is one of her cookbooks with recipes that will show up on her show. The recipes are relatively easy to follow for the novice as well as the more experienced cook

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    Excellent book!

    I couldn't wait until her book was released. It contained many of the recipes I downloaded from watching her show, Everyday Italian. Her books are easy to follow, but don't have photos of all the prepared dishes. Also, most of the dishes are easy to make and you don't have to use every pot in the house. It's definitely worth the money for the this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

    Love all her books and this one is no exception. A must buy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    Any recipe from Giada is a good one

    I have all of her books and I just love them. My husband, my 3 year old and my self just love watching her on tv!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Doesnt work

    It doesnt work on my nook

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Giada's kitchen

    she really brang out the taste and she is so amazing :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Very good

    Vip

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    Love it!

    She is my favorite chef.
    Easy steps to follow and not alot of ingredients that you don't have

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Easy for Entertaining

    Wonderful, simple, and tasty dishes

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Love Giada!

    I love Giada, I watch her show and have made a lot of the dishes from her show. They're all pretty easy and delicious. Although I haven't yet made any of the recipes in the book, I've read through all of them and have plans to make many of them in the near future!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    Pretty good, but really just more of the same

    If you enjoyed her previous books, you'll like this. I was left with the feeling that this was written to establish her as a brand more than to fill a particular need.

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