Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner

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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,...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her sixth cookbook, De Laurentiis explains to her readers, “This is what weeknights look like in my house.” Motivated by her desire to sit down to dinner with her husband and four-year-old daughter despite her busy schedule, De Laurentiis has “shaken up her weeknight repertoire to include only dishes that can be pulled together after a full day... and be accomplished in under an hour.” De Laurentiis delivers on her promise—the book is full of quick, easy dishes that follow her formula—simple and pleasing. A chapter on soups and salads includes jalapeño and cherry tomato gazpacho that requires no cooking at all, and caramelized onion, chicken, and grapefruit salad that calls for shredded rotisserie chicken breasts to save time. Pizza with onion, sausage, and basil and calzone recipes use store-bought pizza dough, and turkey and pancetta pot pies are made with unroll-and-bake pie crust. Though not terribly original or innovative, De Laurentiis’s recipes in this book are effective. The dishes are predictable but pleasant. Also included, “Change of Pace,” a chapter of internationally inspired dishes like vegetables in red curry and Asian quinoa with salmon, and “Breakfast for Dinner,” which includes a tasty spin on eggs Florentine and a peach and cherry frittata made with frozen fruit. Visually appealing, the book is full of photos of both De Laurentiis’s food and family. Agent: William Morris Endeavor. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"De Laurentiis delivers on her promise—the book is full of quick, easy dishes that follow her formula—simple and pleasing."
--Publisher's Weekly 
Library Journal
As a busy cookbook author, television host, and mother, Food Network darling De Laurentiis has learned to streamline her weeknight cooking routine. Here, she shares a variety of main courses, sides, and desserts that home cooks can complete in under an hour. Some recipes (e.g., Turkey and Pancetta Pot Pies) save time with frozen vegetables and store-bought shortcuts, but most are simple preparations of fresh ingredients. This book recalls some of De Laurentiis's previous titles (Giada at Home; Giada's Family Dinners); however, it offers new flavors, including a globally influenced "Change of Pace" chapter and a "Breakfast for Dinner" section. Expect demand. [See Prepub Alert, 10/27/11.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307451026
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 79,982
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Giada De Laurentiis
GIADA DE LAURENTIIS is the star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian and Giada at Home, a judge on Food Network Star, a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show, and the author of five New York Times bestselling cookbooks. She attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Los Angeles before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade. Visit her at www.giadadelaurentiis.com.
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sweet corn and basil lasagna

serves 4 to 6
Vegetable oil cooking spray
3 cups frozen corn, thawed
½ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 ½ cups grated pecorino romano cheese
Grated zest of 1 large lemon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¾ packed cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 ½ cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese 
6 no-boil lasagna sheets (about half a 9-ounce box)
Olive oil, for drizzling
 
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. In a food processor, blend the corn, cream, and garlic until chunky. Add the mascarpone cheese, 1 cup of the romano cheese, the lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add the basil and pulse until just combined. Spread one-third of the corn mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with one-third of the provolone cheese. Place 2 lasagna sheets on top. Repeat twice with the remaining corn mixture, provolone cheese, and lasagna sheets. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup romano cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool for 10 minutes. Cut into 6 pieces and serve.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    Great Cookbook!

    I really liked this book because, not only was it a cookbook, it was a story. The whole book had a story behind it. Each recipe had a story that went a long with it, and I liked that because it was so different from a normal cookbook. It showed that she really wanted to say something with her recipe's, rather than just compiling together a bunch of recipe's in a book.

    I also liked the fact that there was so many pictures in the cookbook. It's nice to have a lot of photo's so that you can see the final outcome, and decide whether you even want to try the recipe out or not, rather than just going with it. I see a lot of cookbooks that won't have very many pictures in it at all, but this one was different. There was a photo of just about every dish in her book.

    Since I like to go above and beyond in my reviews of cookbooks, I actually made one of the dishes in her book!

    I made the Whole Grain Linguine with Basil, Bacon, and Shrimp
    I really wasn't a fan of this because of all of the bacon grease that was used. I think I would have loved it if it has a lot less bacon grease, but don't let that deter you from this book! There are a lot of other recipe's that are sure to please your taste buds!

    I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who is a fan of Giada's show on The Food Network, or anyone who wants to know more about her, and have fun making delicious recipe's at the same time!

    18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Good recipies

    I think the recipies are good, but I could do without the cleavage shots.

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Wonderful

    Love this cookbook! I really love the breakfast for dinner section. Definitely a good purchase!

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    CANT WAIT

    I am a GIGANTIC Giada fan and watch her all the time. I cant wait till this book comes out!!!!!

    6 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

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    The PASTA lady! I love pasta. If you are tired of meat, fish or chicken, pick up a Giada cookbook, if you don't own one, watch her cooking show and you can learn to make pasta dishes 1000 different ways! Why does she just loves, loves showing off her cleavage. Giada we are not interested in your cleavage just your cooking. Cleavage and food just don't go!

    4 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Great recipes!

    These recipes are great to make meals out of and they are not all over the top crazy! Familar ingredients with a bit of flare.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Overall, it is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed trying it and

    Overall, it is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed trying it and the recipes are easy to follow.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 16, 2013

    B

    I watch cooking channel everyday

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Giada

    I love Giada! She is o pretty and talented. Not to mention she can be pretty funny at times to. Giada has such a great personality! I haven't read the book but it looks pretty good.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 13, 2014

    I loved it

    GOOD BOOK


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    Awesome

    It rocked

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