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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Weeknights with Giada Cookbook Review

I have another great new cookbook to share with all you chefs, bakers, and people who love to please by cooking great food - Weeknights with Giada by Giada DeLaurentiis.

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.

My Opinion
I have never been a huge fan of cooking, but when I got married and started a family, it quickly became my role in the family and I have gradually learned to take pride in my cooking and (gasp!) slightly enjoy pleasing my family with great and tasty meals!

However, I am not one of the most creative chefs so I always love finding great cookbooks that can give me some ideas and spice up my cooking!

If you love to cook and create meals that people will gasp, exclaim, and be in awe of, then you have got to check out Weeknight with Giada. Her meals are very sophisticated and the ingredients she uses are unique and fun. Also, the pictures are great in this book which is great for a visual learner like me!

This cookbook might be a little too advanced for my skill level but the recipes and food look she makes looks delicious and I would definitely recommend this cookbook for the more advanced chef whose family likes more expensive and unique foods. My family is pretty picky so they wouldn't like many of her recipes!

If you like a challenge or are trying to step up your cooking game, check out Weeknights with Giada and start impressing your family, friends, and even yourself! :)

Buy It: You can purchase Weeknights with Giada for $20.33 on Amazon.com

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* Thank you to Random House for their book for review! Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*