Book Review: Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis






I have watched Giada on Food Network and enjoyed seeing her, but this is my first Giada cookbook. I want to share that up front in case you are a huge fan and have every cookbook. However, that being said, I totally enjoyed this cookbook.

According to the back cover, this is Giada's most comprehensive cookbook to date. I have to say it is packed with delicious recipes and gorgeous food pictures. There is also a bunch of healthy eating tidbits, such as "Know Your Grains" where Giada tells all about different grains like quinoa, amaranth and Freekah and shares how to best use them in recipes. Her Fiesta Quinoa Salad looks delicious and is on my list to try. I also like that each recipe has symbols indicating if they are vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. Since some family members need to eat gluten free, I especially found that helpful. There is a delicious cookie recipe for chocolate amaretti cookies that is gluten free that I also want to try but I need to get a package of  almond paste first. Most of the recipes that I found used ingredients that were readily available even if I didn't have the ingredients on hand.

I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants to cook a varied and healthy diet. I did indeed find that it was a comprehensive cookbook as it contains, salads, appetizers, soups/stews, pastas and risottos, side dishes, main dishes, desserts,and various types of beverage drinks. I found the recipes to be easy to read and follow. This is a book that I could try new recipes in for quite awhile.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About the Author

GIADA DE LAURENTIIS is the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, and Giada in Paradise; 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 attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her daughter, Jade.

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