Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California

Giada de Laurentiis, Author
Giada de Laurentiis, Author . Clarkson Potter $35 (240p) ISBN 978-0-307-45101-9
Reviewed on: 01/04/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010

The newest cookbook from De Laurentiis (after Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites ) straddles two continents with wonderful recipes from Italy and California. Chapters of this friendly and inviting book are titled by course, such as Appetizers and Desserts, as well as by ingredient and occasion (e.g., brunch). The author includes straightforward instructions for classic Italian fare, such as steak involtini; Chianti-marinated stew; pecorino and bean salad; and limoncello granita, as well as a selection of such modern dishes as grilled asparagus and melon salad; pea pesto crostini, and lemon hazelnut tiramisù. Chock-full of mouthwatering dishes for easy entertaining (Italian fried olives; whole wheat pita chips with mascarpone-chive dip; and vegetable parmesan), this appealing collection is supplemented with informative, short essays on ingredients including olive oil and dried and fresh herbs. (Apr.)

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