Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes: A Cookbook

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes: A Cookbook

by Giada De Laurentiis, Mario Batali

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In the Food Network star's first book, Giada De Laurentiis helps you put a fabulous Italian dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor.

Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering—perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for—whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency. So, for example, you’ll find dishes that you can make solely from pantry ingredients, or those that transform lowly leftovers into exquisite entrées (including brilliant ideas for leftover pasta), and those that satisfy your yearning to have something sweet baking in the oven. There are 7 ways to make red sauce more interesting, 6 different preparations of the classic cutlet, 5 perfect pestos, 4 creative uses for prosciutto, 3 variations on basic polenta, 2 great steaks, and 1 sublime chocolate tiramisù—plus 100 other recipes that turn everyday ingredients into speedy but special dinners.

What’s more, Everyday Italian is organized according to what type of food you want tonight—whether a soul-warming stew for Sunday supper, a quick sauté for a weeknight, or a baked pasta for potluck. These categories will help you figure out what to cook in an instant, with such choices as fresh-from-the-pantry appetizers, sauceless pastas, everyday roasts, and stuffed vegetables—whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find a simple, delicious recipe for it here. That’s the beauty of Italian home cooking, and that’s what Giada De Laurentiis offers here—the essential recipes to make a great Italian dinner. Tonight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307885616
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/20/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 16,481
File size: 31 MB
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About the Author

GIADA DE LAURENTIIS is the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network's Everyday ItalianGiada at HomeGiada's Holiday Handbook, and Giada in Italy; she is also a judge on Food Network Star, a contributing correspondent for NBC's Today show, and the author of seven New York Times bestselling books. She recently published the eighth in her series of books for young readers, Recipe for Adventure. She has a namesake restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip with a second location planned for 2018. Born in Rome, Giada grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her daughter, Jade.

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Spicy Tomato Sauce from Giada de Laurentiis's Everyday Italian
Makes about 1 quart;
Serves 4 over a pound of pasta as a main course

The sauce known as all’arrabbiata—or “in the angry style”—is made with hot red pepper flakes (and sometimes fresh chilies for an extra kick). I like to use the briny elements of olives and capers and skip the fresh chilies, adding depth to the spiciness rather than just more heat. Perfect with penne or rigatoni.

   • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
   • 1 small onion, minced
   • 2 garlic cloves, minced
   • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped
   • 2 tablespoons drained capers, rinsed
   • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
   • Generous pinch of dried crushed red pepper flakes
   • 1 28-ounce can crushed Italian tomatoes

In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. When almost smoking, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the olives, capers, 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt, and red pepper flakes, and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and simmer until reduced slightly, about 20 minutes. Season the sauce with more salt to taste. (The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.)

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Everyday Italian 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Koobla More than 1 year ago
This cookbook has become a go-to staple in my busy household. We have tried about 75% of the recipes Giada presents and have found them all to be absolutely fantastic! The ingredients are simple and mostly fresh herbs and vegetables which really bring an amazing experience to our table. In addition the recipes are simple, no painstaking steps that intimidate novice cooks. My husband, who's not a big cook, can even follow the recipes with success! It makes him feel great and also takes the pressure off of me to always be the one to cook. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a fresh new way to make some classic Italian fare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giada has hit the nail right on the head with this collection of recipes, most of which call for ingredients you probably already have in the pantry (or can easily find in your local supermarket). The techniques are simple, the dishes very straightforward--this really is the food Italians enjoy cooking and eating every day. Grazia, Giada!
Justsooze More than 1 year ago
Cooking with Giada in her"Everyday Italian" cookbook is a must-have! The recipes are delicious and her instructions are excellent and comprehensive. They have inspired my husband to cook and we are enjoying the results. Nicely illustrated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I picked up this cook book I have used it over and over and over. I'm Italian and her recepies have tought me so much about Italian food. She is a awesome chef. I hope to keep seeing books from her. Oh and one more thing my 3 year old son just loves to watch her. And if I ever become pregnant with a girl, she would be named after Giada!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Giada's recipes. They are easy to follow and the ingredients are simple to find.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are some good simple recipes which are easy to make and contain basic ingredients. It is excellent for basic home-style dishes, but nothing fancy or unique.
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful book from Giada. I probably like looking at the pictures more than actually cooking the dishes. I especially like the cutlet section of this book. Lot's of ideas for getting cutlets out quick for midweek meals. Favorite recipes from this book include chicken saltimbocca, chicken piccata, and veal marsala,
Ebba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recipes I have tried:Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes on p.88. 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recipes are simple and yummy but the pictures alone would make this book worth having!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! It teaches you so many things about italian cooking. It has wonderful recipes and if you don't have it in your cookbook collection yet then you need to have it!
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