Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites

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Giada's Kitchen, New Italian Favorites By Giada De Laurentiis"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

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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 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 entres 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.

Giada De Laurentiis's Whole-Wheat Linguine with Green Beans, Ricotta, and Lemon

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. --Giada De Laurentiis

Whole-Wheat Linguine with Green Beans, Ricotta, and Lemon
(4-6 servings)

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 saut¨¦ 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.

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.

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages

Customer Reviews:

  • Different, but interesting
    I'm actually pretty excited about this book. It's definately different from her other previous books in that it seems less "Italian", but there are still some really fresh ideas in there. I noticed some people saying they've seen all these recipes on her show already. I don't get to watch her show too often anymore since it's on while I'm at work and any other day you have to hunt on the Food Network to find it with all these new shows they have on now, so for me these recipes were a lot newer. Over the weekend I already tried the balsamic barbeque chicken (delicious!!!) and the lemon risotto. I personally loved the risotto because I'm a lemon lover, but my husband and in-laws didn't seem to like it (hmph!) because they thought it was too tart. I can't wait to try the pizza pot pies (how cute), the crostata with apples, walnuts, and gorganzola, and the chocolate panna cotta! I don't know if Giada will ever be able to top her first book for me (still my personal all time fav from her), but this one will definately get some use. It's worth a try!...more info
  • Lovely cookbook by a lovely lady
    I've always liked Giada De Laurentis. She's personable and charming on television, and she does a good job demonstrating the wonderful dishes she prepares. I'd love to be one of the lucky friends who dine with her, enjoying her food and her company.

    In her new volume, Giada offers some of her favorite creations, including variations on old favorites. There's even a chapter dedicated to the little ones so that children can be creative in the kitchen.

    The production values of the book are top-notch, and the photography is stunning. Giada is a very beautiful woman, and her low-cut tops are quite distracting (must be in her contract)....more info
  • New Giada Cookbook
    I owned two other Giada cookbooks of which I made about 3/4 of her recipes and couldn't wait to purchase her new book. When I received the book, I looked through the recipes with anticipation of creating new Italian dishes. However, Giada's new cookbook has more gourmet-style recipes using unusual ingredients rather than down-to-earth Italian recipes. Not many of the recipes interested me except for the desserts. ...more info
  • Good addition to the kichen library
    I have earlier acquired and used one of Giada De Laurentiis' cookbooks, "Everyday Pasta," which was jammed with good pasta recipes. None that I ever tried turned out to be a dud. So, I took a look at another of her books, "Giada's Kitchen." Again, this is a fine resource.

    She begins be speaking to her approach (Page 10): "These days, my palate responds most to clean, vibrant, simple flavors, and my eyes can't resist the undeniable freshness of great ingredients and bursts of bright colors." So, presentation of dishes is an element in her selection of recipes for this volume. And, indeed, the pictures of the finished product are mouth-watering and aesthetically appealing!

    I married into an Italian family, and one of the benefits is my introduction to dishes such as stuffed mushrooms. Giada presents a recipe for Tuscan Mushrooms as an appetizer. Not quite the same as my family recipe, but a filling of red bell peppers, olives, cheese, and scallions spooned into mushroom caps sounds awfully appetizing.

    A very attractive dish (see the photo on page 79) is simple to make--Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi. A couple zucchini (shaved) and a bunch of asparagus (trimmed and sliced into small pieces), tossed with a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. After tossing, shave some Pecorino Romano cheese and sprinkle over the vegetables. Like I said, both simple AND tasty.

    Pasta? Take a look at the photo on page 104 and the recipe for Asparagus Lasagna on page 105. Instead of using tomato sauce as the basis for the lasagna, she suggests sun-dried tomatoes. I have not yet made this, but it is on my list to try out in the very near future.

    I made my first risotto yesterday (featuring mushrooms), and was well pleased with the results (I can't say that every dish I try comes out wonderfully!). The Lemon Risotto presented here is another approach. Arborio rice, chicken broth, lemon juice, shallots, white wine, grated Parmesan cheese etc. One thing that I learned when making my first risotto is also emphasized by de Laurentiis: one must stir pretty much constantly as you add the broth bit by bit to the cooking rice.

    One nice feature comes at the end of this book--recipes that kids can help out with. The author says that (Page 203): ". . .my hope is that these recipes will help kids be more comfortable in the kitchen and give them the confidence to try new foods and to ultimately create their own dishes."

    To conclude, this is a very nice cookbook, filled with recipes that are (and promise to be) tasty. The recipes are, for the most part, accessible to the amateur chef, not so fancy that you need a sous chef to help out! And the photos are attractive indeed.
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  • Mouthwatering
    I purchased this as a gift, but I had to look through every page of this book twice before I gave it away!
    The photos are lovely, and most of the directions seem simple enough to produce such mouthwatering recipes. I do wish there was a photo for every dish, but most include a delectable photo.
    Speaking for vegetarians, there are many non-meat dishes, (take note, this is not vegan) making this a cook book worth getting.
    *Note to cook book authors: Include photos with every recipe! Your book will be extremely appetizing!...more info
  • Bland, bleck
    I made a couple of the recipes and they were bland, bland, bland. I actually threw out the green beans and lemony one (which is highlighted in the description on Amazon's page). The strata was okay, but super bland in flavor. Just like one other reviewer said, the reader/cook should not have to figure out what seasoning to put in to make it better. I really like Giada and she seems like a great person, but her food is just too boring. It sure does look pretty though! Don't waste your bucks on this book. I want my money back....more info
  • Great!
    One of the best cookbooks I've ever purchased. Every recipe I've tried so far has been great!...more info
  • Underseasoned and underwhelmed.

    I do not recommend this book. I have created 5-7 of the dishes in the book and they all come out the same: bland, tasteless, and uninspired. I wish the dishes were more complex in their flavors and textures. Many of the dishes seem like they have the right basis for a good dish, but then lack in terms of seasoning. A cookbook and recipe should contain everything that you need to create a dish--the reader/cook should not have to guess which spices would make a dish taste better. I find this book nothing more than a collection of stories about how she serves these dishes to her family and how they love each dish. If the latter is true than her family (and the Food Network) is lying to her about the quality of her food and recipes....more info
  • Very Satisfied
    Very satisfied with my purchase. Everything came as promised and on time. Would not hesitate to use this seller again....more info
  • too many pics of giada smiling at the food
    I agree with another reviewer that more pictures of the finished dishes would be more helpful than 2 page spreads of Giada smiling at the food with her low cut tops. I made the stuffed peppers and they were simple but not that tasty, plus I have a lot of the stuffing leftover. I don't recommend this book....more info
  • Giada never disappoints
    I own four of Giada's cookbooks and it has really surprised me how anything I ever make from her books has been such a success. I have a pretty good collection of cookbooks and this is not always the case. Giada's books have earned my trust to the extent that when I want to know for sure that I'm going to make something delicious, I immediately turn to one of her books for a recipe.

    This book does deviate from traditionally Italian food but I don't find that to be a criticism. I think that by using some new ingredients, Giada is only expanding her repertoire and that, in my opinion, can't be a bad thing. Here are my thoughts on some of the recipes from this book that I have made:

    Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup: I love white beans in general so pretty much anything that calls for them is good, in my opinion. My only deviation was to use an immersion blender rather than a food processor to pur¨¦e the soup. The texture was velvety and the garlic was a subtle hint. We ate this as a meal with some crusty bread and it was a very filling, simple dinner.

    Baked Orzo with Fontina and Peas: I omitted the peas from this recipe because I don't like them and I also used light cream rather than the heavy cream called for in the recipe. However, it didn't change the quality of the dish. The size and shape of the orzo made the dish reminiscent of a risotto with a slightly different texture. It was creamy, comforting dish with a mild, pleasing cheese flavor. The bread crumbs gave it a nice bit of crunch. My husband raved about this one.

    Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto: This was a truly unique dish. The combination of ingredients sounds a bit strange but the flavor is really wonderful. The vanilla (definitely use a bean here) gives is a slightly sweet flavor, as does the squash, but this isn't dessert. Probably the most crucial step to this dish is ensuring that the squash is properly cooked as any toughness would ruin the overall effect of the risotto. This was truly something out of the ordinary, the kind of dish you'd expect to find at an upscale restaurant.

    I highly recommend this book, as well as Giada's other books. Simply reading through the recipes and looking at the pictures makes me salivate....more info
  • Giada's Kitchen Review
    I purchased this book for my wife as a Christmas present and she seems pretty pleased with it. ...more info
  • Giada does it again
    I am a huge fan of Giada's. This book is definitely my favorite of hers so far, in that the recipies are less intimidating, and in my opinion more appealing. She provides great ideas for entertaining and moves away from strictly Italian offerings. A wonderful and useful cookbook!...more info
  • read carefully
    Read the recipes carefully, they all look fairly simple and are simple however some require multiple steps. I made the chicken with spring veggies and while it was good, I don't think it will become a household favorite. I didn't read the recipe carefully and it requires lots of steps (browning the chicken then finishing in the oven then making a sauce) and required 1/4 cup of chopped fresh thyme! That's a lot of thyme which isn't that easy to chop. It also required cipolline onions which I could not find and I live in a large metro area with a Whole Foods right down the street. I also made the potatoes and zuchinni with a parmesan crust. This was good not great and again required many steps, boiling the potatoes then cooking on the stovetop and finally broiling in the oven- too many dirty pans. The best recipe I have tried was the Pecorino crackers- they are like a cookie-cracker and are delish! We crumbled them on salads and they were crunchy and rich. They are also incredibly easy. Would make a great gift during the holidays. I'll keep at it with this book but read more carefully. ...more info
  • Great book!
    I am a big fan of Giada and this is actually my first book from her. I love this book. I live in CA but I am originally from France. It has been so long since I am in the US eating crap (sorry for using this word but this the truth, nobody pushed me to do it anyway!)... I have been watching her show and decided to give it a try, it is a success! Thank you Giada. First, she pushes me to cook and secondly, I feel like I am eating healthy again, like my mom used to cook and teach me how to cook healthy meals. Her book is easy to understand, and most of her recipes are easy to make. Everybody can give it a try... this is a great buy! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to eat like Europeans people do it, good for you and yummy!...more info
  • Refreshing Change
    I found Giada's new cookbook to be a refreshing change from her earlier cookbooks (although I loved them as well!). The recipes seem easy to prepare and although they are elegant enough for special occasions I would make a lot of them during the week. Well done, Giada! Thank you! ...more info
  • A Pretty Picture Book
    I was disappointed in this book. I am normally a huge fan of Giada, and learned to cook basically off of her first book, Everyday Italian. But this latest volume seems to me like quick get-rich efforts by the Food Network. All of the recipes appear on recent seasons of her Food Network show, and make buying the book completely unnecessary. And she's wearing the same shirt in almost every picture, as if the Food Net hammered out one day of photo shoots to slam the book together with pre-existing recipes from TV. Some of the recipes are good, some are bland, but overall it's clear pictures and cleavage, not quality, are being used to sell the book.

    And, one other thing. Chocolate and cheese panini? Giada, what were you thinking!!...more info
  • Lovely Gift
    Lovely book, pictures, and recipes sound delicious. I gave it to my daughter as a gift, she hasn't tried any yet but they look wonderful....more info
  • Giada's Kitchen
    I bought this book for my sister's birthday. This is her third Giada book, she loves them all. She feels that this book has the most meals that you could use on a daily basis then any of her other books....more info
  • Queen of italian food
    When it comes to Giada di Laurentiis all I can think is the most delicious
    italian food ever, but made the easy way.
    Her dishes are easy to make, full of taste and colour, but specially 100% italian.
    You don't need to go to Italy to taste its great food, just open this book and try any of her recipes. Some of them are tradditional, and others are what I consider nuveau italian cuisine. A journey into a world of flavors and sensations!
    Besides this, you will find wonderful pictures of her. Ok, I agree, this is a cook book, but whith someone as gorgeous as Giada, who wouldn't like to see some pictures of her as well?
    Stop reading this review, buy it right now!...more info
  • Could have been better
    I love Giada. I pre-ordered this cookbook with high hopes. Let me just say, that I was disappointed because there was nothing new in regards to recipes. It was everything that was recently seen on Foodnetwork. I was really hoping that she would have tons of new recipes in this cookbook. My hope is that in the future Giada takes this to heart and writes new recipes not seen and shared on the Foodnetwork series Everyday Italian. ...more info
  • High Quality Cookbook Consistent with Other Giada Cookbooks
    I was pleased to see inventive recipes in this book that I have not seen elsewhere (such as butternut squash and vanilla risotto; fresh tomatoes and goat cheese strata with herb oil; prosciutto andmelon soup; linguine and prosciutto frittata; baked artichokes with gorgonzola and herbs; and orange and chocolate zeppole). I was also pleased that with the exception of the chapter on meat, many of the recipes are either vegetarian or could be adapted for vegetarians. The recipes in the chapter for children also have universal appeal.

    Chapters include Appetizers and First Courses; Soups, Paninis and Snacks; Salads and Vegetables; Pasta; Meat, Poultry and Fish; Desserts; and Not Just for Kids. Drink recipes are offered in several chapters and include apple and thyme martini; pomegranate and cranberry bellini; amaretto sour with prosecco; amaretto and raspberry smoothie; and spiced Americano with cinnamon whipped cream.

    My only complaint is minor - I would have preferred more photos of finished dishes rather than photo after photo of Giada (there are 5 sets of double page spreads of photos of Giada). I know what she looks like. I don't know what all the finished dishes look like there. Having said that, there are more than 50 beautiful, vivid color photos of the dishes.

    I am pleased with my purchase and look forward to trying many of the recipes in this cookbook....more info
  • Another good book from Giada
    I have all of Giada's other cookbooks, so I was really looking forward to her new book, not sure what to expect.
    Lilke her other books, this one is easy to read, the recipes are not complicated, easy to follow.
    I have made her sun dried tomato muffins several times with great success, and even my son, who is a picky eater liked them. And I want to try the Tuscan mushroom recipe next.
    In the section for kids ( " and not for kids only ") there are recipes for Parmesan fish sticks and Prosciutto Mozarella Pinwheels that look so good and just invite you to try them.
    As in her other books, the pictures of her finished products are beautiful. I know I will try some other recipes in this book in weeks to come. I highly recommend this book, just as I recommend all of her other books. ...more info
  • If you cook, you don't need this book
    If you are totally new to cooking, don't own any cookbooks, and have been inspired by Giada on Food Network, this might be a great book for you.

    But if you do cook, and own one or more Italian classics, you really really will not get any use from this book.
    I try hard to use all my cookbooks as often as I can, and I just can't use this. The recipes are all things you will already have in any good cookbook, and as much as I get inspired by watching Giada on TV, it just doesn't translate into 'get up and cook' when you're reading the book.
    It does make you realize what a gift these world famous writers really have. This is just lackluster (did she write it??)

    Giada is an amazing presenter, so stick to watching her on screen, and get a copy of Giorgio Locatelli's 'Made in Italy' or Anna Del Conte's 'Gastronomy of Italy' or Jamie Oliver's superb 'Jamie's Italy' for that 'get me to the kitchen' feeling. ...more info
  • Nice!
    I am looking forward to trying some of her recipes in this book. I have her others so was happy to get this one....more info
  • More Fun Recipes with Giada!
    HOT OFF THE PRESS!Another great cookbook from our gal, Giada. Really nicely put together, with lots of gloss and photos. Her recipes always are clear and very easy, yet looks like you spent the day cooking it. Great variety of new recipes, I am already cooking through them. ...more info
  • Great Recipes
    Love all of Giada's cookbooks - this one is one of the best. Has some new, different ideas. She's very detailed and the pictures are very appetizing. If you like Giada, or just Italian food, then get this cookbook!...more info
  • I want more from my beloved Giada
    Let me preface this review by saying how much I love Giada. I was anticipating this book so much that I preordered it in June. It came today and I must say that I was a *little* disappointed. I recognized mostly all of the recipes from her shows!! There are very few, if any, that I haven't seen before. Of course, they are all fabulous, but Giada - I want more! :) At least for about $20 I can have them in a nice condensed book version instead of all my printouts from info
  • Cooking with vibrant foods that look visually appealing on the plate, as well as delicious
    Giada teaches all facets of Italian cooking from traditional to contemporary, and her GIADA'S KITCHEN provides the Food Network star her own cookbook, with a new perspective: cooking with vibrant foods that look visually appealing on the plate, as well as delicious. From snacks to party fare and food for kids, her dishes offer lighter versions of traditional dishes - all done up for maximum visual and health appeal. Highly recommended.

    Diane C. Donovan
    California Bookwatch
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  • book-cooking
    What a great book, I bought it for a friend, and it had such wonderful recipes I wanted to keep it for myself.
    Fast delivery. Very happy!...more info
  • Look Closer...
    I must admit that I, like other reviewers, was at first disappointed by the offerings in Giada's latest publication. When I looked at the recipes closer, however, I realized how much I appreciated the book.

    Fans are used to an array of savory, Italian dishes...understandably because this is what Giada has turned out before. This new book puts more of an emphasis on fresh, light flavors. Many recipes call for butternut squash, melons, and other vegetables.

    The recipes are no longer strictly "Italian," which I think opens Giada's creativity. Although many recipes call for fresh herbs, I found the ingredient list to be, in general, significantly less intimidating and pricey. It's really about fewer groceries with fresher, bigger flavors. I particularly enjoy the "(Not) Just For Kids" section. Here we find fun recipes for things like pizza pot pies, polenta-fried shrimp, and mascarpone mini cupcakes with strawberry frosting.

    I think Giada's new direction, away from specifically "Italian" cuisine and into an Italian-inspired Californian cuisine, will prove successful. After three cookbooks of mostly traditional Italian food, she needed to expand somewhere anyway. Staying loyal to strictly Italian food may have become boring and listless for both the chef and her following. I can't wait to see where she goes next!...more info
  • An unexpected twist
    I own several other of Giada's books, and by far I believe this will be my favorite. With her other books I found myself making recipes only once a month or so because the majority seemed to heavy to eat in Florida weather. This new book contains a variety of fresh takes on classical Italian food. There are lots of fresh veggies, fresh herbs, chicken, and fruit used in her book. I think this might become my new favorite book to reference for new ideas in the next few months!...more info