Weekend cooking: Weeknights with Giada by Giada de Laurentiis

Weeknights with GiadaBlurb:

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


My thoughts: 

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!


Product info and buy link :

Title Weeknights with Giada: Quick and simple recipes to revamp dinner
Author Giada de Laurentiis
Publisher Clarkson Potter
ISBN 978-0307451026
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy Weeknights with Giada (release March 27)
More info 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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14 Comments Write a comment

  1. Too bad, as I like her alot, but I am a vegetarian, so it seems this is not the book for me — thanks, though as I appreciate the heads up.

    From some of the recipe titles it does sound as though this may be more than most people are looking for who want quick and easy after work recipes.
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  2. I loved Giada’s recipes when her Food Network show was Everyday Italian, but now that she’s moved on to Giada at Home, I haven’t really found anything that makes me want to make her food anymore. I might check this book out at the library to see if there’s anything I might want to make, but I haven’t found much that I like from her anymore.

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  3. I never cared much for Giada’s recipes. I like fast and simple, but I have a 9 year old niece who loves her and loves cooking. Complicated doesn’t bother her.

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  4. I adore Giada and have two of her cookbooks. This one would be a bit disappointing if the recipes are truly not quick and easy. I also would be looking for lots of vegetarian choices. Thanks for the honest review.

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  5. If they are not truly quick and easy, than this book is out for me. I work 4, 10hour days so getting off at 630 make dinner time very late for us. Thanks for the honest review–
    *smiles*

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