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 […] 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.
In a nutshell:
I read it in: English
I liked it: So so
For people who like: cooking, Italian meal ideas that are not run-of-the-mill
I like Giada de Laurentiis. We have another Italian cookbook by her about which I talked some time ago, Everyday Italian. So I thought it might be interesting to have a look at another cookbook about dinner for families during the week.
The subtitle of this book is “Quick and simple recipes to revamp dinner”, but, frankly, I didn’t find the recipes so simple and quick. Filet Mignon with rosemary and mushroom gravy or Grilled fish kebobs with parsley and garlic butter are not really my number one choices for a quick family meal. Also, there are not THAT many vegetarian recipes in the book. OK, it was not classified as veggie book, so I am not complaining about it, but I won’t recreate a lot of those recipes, that is for certain.
There are a few pasta recipes that sound nice, but my sons are rather discerning when it comes to what they eat (in a negative way, I may add. Everything too healthy or elaborate is a no no). Arugula, brown rice and whole wheat penne are no kitchen staples in our house, I am afraid.
One chapter, “Breakfast for dinner” will definitely find the approval of the boys, however. Almond pancakes, peach and cherry frittata or crepes with peanut butter and jam don’t sound like dinner, but will certainly draw them to the table.
Somehow I would have expected easier recipes with less ingredients. But if you love cooking, even during the week after work, you will find lots of inspiration in this book. Then again, if you are a vegetarian, don’t bother!
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||Weeknights with Giada: Quick and simple recipes to revamp dinner
||Giada de Laurentiis
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||Giada de Laurentiis’ website
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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.
Also have a look at Bookchickdi’s review. She liked it better than I did.
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