Naples! (Recipe for Adventure Series #1)

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When Zia Dontella come to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you home again.

In Book 1, Alfie and Emilia find ...

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Overview

When Zia Dontella come to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you home again.

In Book 1, Alfie and Emilia find themselves transported to Naples, where they meet Marco, a young Italian boy on a very important mission to shop for the essential ingredients for his family's entry in the city's annual Pizzafest contest.

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  • Giada De Laurentiis
    Giada De Laurentiis  

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
De Laurentiis should be embarrassed to have her name on this trite, clichéd and overlong story, although it is not clear how much she had to do with the writing. Siblings Alfredo and Emilia are having takeout pizza, again, as their parents are too busy to cook. Appearing on their doorstep is their mother's aunt, Zia Donatella, who travels the world having adventures and who loves to cook. The children find her making zeppole in the kitchen that night, and then, after a bite, they find themselves in Naples, their family's hometown, alone! They can understand what everyone is saying! It's time for the Festa di Pizza! Marco, a local boy, fortuitously finds the pair and takes them with him on his search for the best tomatoes, mozzarella and basil for his family's pizza. Of course, there is a rival family, who turn out to be a different branch of Marco's family, and Alfredo and Emilia manage to engineer peace between brothers in time for the pizza contest that night. By taking a bite of another Neapolitan specialty, lemon fried fish, they magically find themselves at home, where their mother is making pizza from scratch (with help from Zia Donatella) for the school's United Nations potluck. The siblings' teasing relationship, their aunt's glamour and their parents' occasional use of Italian are all broadly drawn and border on caricature. This kicks off a series. Oh, dear. (recipes) (Fantasy. 7-10)
Publishers Weekly
With a dash of magic, a pinch of Auntie Mame, and a love for food and history, celebrity chef De Laurentiis begins her Recipe for Adventure series introducing the flavors of the world. Naples, Italy, is the first stop for siblings Alfie and Emilia, 11 and 12, who are magically transported to the city while listening to their visiting great-aunt Zia Donatella’s stories of her childhood home—and eating her homemade zeppole, which have a secret ingredient. On the streets of Naples, the children meet a boy shopping for the ingredients that will help his family’s trattoria win the local pizza festival. Information about basil, San Marzano tomatoes, and mozzarella di bufala is stirred into the kids’ scavenger hunt–like chase through the city. Back at home, Alfie and Emilia gain new appreciation for homemade pizza rather than their usual takeout. Gambatesa’s perky spot illustrations keep pace with the action, as De Laurentiis sprinkles Italian words and phrases throughout the story. An author’s note and recipe cards for pizza and zeppole are included. A second volume, Paris! is simultaneously available. Ages 7–11 (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448478531
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Recipe for Adventure Series , #1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 491,099
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Giada De Laurentiis was born in Rome and grew up in a big Italian family. They spent lots of time together in the kitchen, which is where Giada discovered her love of cooking! Later, she would hone her skills at Le Cordon Bleu, a very cool cooking school in Paris. Many puff pastries and a graduation later, Giada began working in a fab restaurant called Spago in Los Angeles. Shortly after, she founded her very own catering company. She is now the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, and Giada at Home, as well as the author of six cookbooks. She lives with her husband Todd and daughter Jade in a cozy house by the beach in Los Angeles. Giada loves the colors pesto-green and eggplant-purple,and Nutella pancakes are her favorite treat to share with Jade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    This book was such an adventure! Great for kids and adults alike

    This book was such an adventure! Great for kids and adults alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

    I guess know why giada cooks...because she cant write! Read the heading, thats all i have to say about this series. I bought only for the recipe cards...foolish me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    My 7 year old daughter loves this book I thought it would be ove

    My 7 year old daughter loves this book I thought it would be over her head but she loves the Food network channel so I decided to get it for her and she couldn't put it down. I will be headed back to Barnes and Nobles to get the next won soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    I love it!

    This book was great! It was almost as good as Giada's cooking

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