Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis

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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, 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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About Giada De Laurentiis

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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.
Published March 27, 2012 by Clarkson Potter. 240 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Self Help, Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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Dec 19 2011

Though not terribly original or innovative, De Laurentiis’s recipes in this book are effective.

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Mar 27 2012

You won't find anything too out of the ordinary here.

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Reviewed by John Lee on Mar 27 2012

Giada does make use of market roasted chicken and store bought pizza dough, but keep in mind that those items are indeed fresh.

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Reviewed by Marissa on Apr 12 2012

This cookbook might be a little too advanced for my skill level but the recipes and food look she makes looks delicious. . .

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