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Cookbook Reviews

Giada’s Italy

Cookbook by: Giada De Laurentiis

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“Like me, the recipes in this book are Italian through and through, yet completely at home in an American Kitchen. I hope they will help you channel the spirit of those big-hearted Italian cooks and rediscover the simple pleasure of feeding food you feel good about to the people you care about,” Giada De Laurentiis.

Giada’s Italy is a great cookbook for those of all skill levels. I have found over the years that all most all of Giada’s recipes are easy to follow and don’t require many exotic ingredients. 

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Mussels in White Wine

Mussels are one of my favorite things to eat. I love to order them when I go out. While I have cooked many types of seafood – I haven’t cooked mussels before. This recipe was really simple to make. The most important thing for success in making the mussels is to mise-en-place so you are ready when you need anything. (Curious what mise-en-place is? Check out my post about it here.)

The mussels were so fresh and they tasted as good as you get in a restaurant. I served them with a nice parmesan couscous. Mussels in white wine will be on my meal rotation. 

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Lemon and Pea Alfredo

I love alfredo sauce – it’s one of my favorite Italian dishes. All of the ingredients were easy to find except the pink peppercorns. I was able to locate a mixed grinder of peppercorns which included pink peppercorns at HomeGoods, so I used that and it worked well. 

The recipe was easy to follow and quick to make. I served it with a chicken breast. Next time I make it I will toss the cut up chicken with the pasta to get it completely coated with the sauce. 

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: yes, Specialty ingredients needed: no, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: delicious, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: love it

Italian food is one of my favorites and I am always trying to find new recipes. Giada’s Italy is a great cookbook with a great variety of recipes to please those of all ages. I still have so many recipes from it that I want to make including: positano pizzas, orzo with clams and crab arancini. Italy is on my list of places to travel soon and this cookbook makes me feel like I am a little closer to Italy today. 

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