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In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. Everyday In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. 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.


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In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. Everyday In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. 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.

30 review for Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy Kannel

    I get that Giada is gorgeous. Really, she is. Stunningly so. But when I open a cookbook, I expect to see photos of, I don't know, the food described in the recipes maybe? Instead it is: Giada stirring a pot of something. Giada chopping something. Giada's million-dollar smile as she juices a lemon. I MEAN SERIOUSLY. This is a cookbook, not a fashion magazine. Good grief. Photos of garlic, photos of a cutting board + knife. SHOW ME WHAT THE PREPARED FOOD LOOKS LIKE!! Mostly this seemed not really m I get that Giada is gorgeous. Really, she is. Stunningly so. But when I open a cookbook, I expect to see photos of, I don't know, the food described in the recipes maybe? Instead it is: Giada stirring a pot of something. Giada chopping something. Giada's million-dollar smile as she juices a lemon. I MEAN SERIOUSLY. This is a cookbook, not a fashion magazine. Good grief. Photos of garlic, photos of a cutting board + knife. SHOW ME WHAT THE PREPARED FOOD LOOKS LIKE!! Mostly this seemed not really my style. I marked maybe three recipes I want to try. But on the whole it seemed too simplified and too Italian-American...I don't mind going to some extra effort in the kitchen and I was looking for some authentic Italian recipes. Also I was just so annoyed by the useless photography.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    OK, I have some strong opinions about the Food Network stars and I happen to love Giada. I do not like Rachel Ray, by the way, and don't get me started on lame-ass Sandra Lee. Crazy Ida will probably have a breakdown one day when that husband of hers who is never around finally leaves her, but she does know how to cook well though. Anyway, Giada has it all: the perfect body, adoring husband, impeccable cooking skills, a winning personality, the most current Anthropologie wardrobe, and friends mi OK, I have some strong opinions about the Food Network stars and I happen to love Giada. I do not like Rachel Ray, by the way, and don't get me started on lame-ass Sandra Lee. Crazy Ida will probably have a breakdown one day when that husband of hers who is never around finally leaves her, but she does know how to cook well though. Anyway, Giada has it all: the perfect body, adoring husband, impeccable cooking skills, a winning personality, the most current Anthropologie wardrobe, and friends miraculously appear wherever she travels to on her weekends. And I actually do really like her as a Food Network chef. She knows what she is doing, has style in her cooking and is a great teacher. Now onto her cookbook... Her cookbook has wonderful, appetizing, close-up photos of the finished product. Her ingredients and directions are very clear. More importantly her recipes are really good. They are what Italian cooking is all about...fresh and relatively simple ingredients prepared correctly to create something wonderful. It is truly a celebration of food. Giada makes her recipes so detailed that someone who knows almost nothing can make them. But they are decent enough that anyone who is an ace in the kitchen will enjoy them as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Folks, proscuitto wrapped around roasted asparagus is not a recipe, its a nice suggestion. If you want nice, boring quasi-Italian suggestions, then by all means, by this book. On second thought, don't by this book, it sucks. Lidia's books have recipes and suggestions. Folks, proscuitto wrapped around roasted asparagus is not a recipe, its a nice suggestion. If you want nice, boring quasi-Italian suggestions, then by all means, by this book. On second thought, don't by this book, it sucks. Lidia's books have recipes and suggestions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Frasier

    Everything from anti-pasti to dolce' in an easy to follow format and with beautiful photos of the finished food. The Crostata with Mushrooms and Pancetta (page 28) looks and tastes like something you would be served in a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, yet it is so easy to prepare, even for the beginner home cook. Most of the ingredients in these recipes are easily found in a well stocked pantry. Loved it and use it as one of my day to day "go to" cookbooks. As a barkeep would keep his/her finer liqu Everything from anti-pasti to dolce' in an easy to follow format and with beautiful photos of the finished food. The Crostata with Mushrooms and Pancetta (page 28) looks and tastes like something you would be served in a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, yet it is so easy to prepare, even for the beginner home cook. Most of the ingredients in these recipes are easily found in a well stocked pantry. Loved it and use it as one of my day to day "go to" cookbooks. As a barkeep would keep his/her finer liquors a level above the rest, this particular book of Giada's is kept on the "top shelf" in my cookbook cupboard.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    I love Giada de Laurentiis. She is a model chef, mother and wife and has the cutest style and her show "Everyday Italian." This cookbook is wonderful if you want to cook tradition Italian dishes. I love the tortellini in chicken broth. My one complaint in this book is that she doesn't bring anything contemporary into these dishes. I love anything traditional, but I wanted her cookbook to see a new twist on some of these everyday italian meals. I am very excited to try her desserts!! I love Giada de Laurentiis. She is a model chef, mother and wife and has the cutest style and her show "Everyday Italian." This cookbook is wonderful if you want to cook tradition Italian dishes. I love the tortellini in chicken broth. My one complaint in this book is that she doesn't bring anything contemporary into these dishes. I love anything traditional, but I wanted her cookbook to see a new twist on some of these everyday italian meals. I am very excited to try her desserts!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Grant

    I don't remember much about this book, but it taught me how to make risotto. For that I will ever be grateful. I don't remember much about this book, but it taught me how to make risotto. For that I will ever be grateful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jess | dapper.reads

    Cookbooks are books! I love reading cookbooks! I am aware that many people do not consider a cookbook to be reading material, but if you take the time to really sit down and read one I think you’ll discover that while yes, it is primarily recipes, it is also an incredibly educational experience! I always learn so much about finding the best produce for my needs or knowing when spices need replaced (even if they are far from expiring). This book taught me a lot of things about making authentic Ita Cookbooks are books! I love reading cookbooks! I am aware that many people do not consider a cookbook to be reading material, but if you take the time to really sit down and read one I think you’ll discover that while yes, it is primarily recipes, it is also an incredibly educational experience! I always learn so much about finding the best produce for my needs or knowing when spices need replaced (even if they are far from expiring). This book taught me a lot of things about making authentic Italian food!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)

    Since I checked this out from the library, I only had time to make a few of the recipes, all of which were really good! Plus, there’s a few more I wanted to try, but I didn’t get the chance. It’s definitely something I want to buy when I get the chance. Or maybe I can just check it out from the librayr another time. The recipes I did make were interesting: lots of fresh herbs and veggies! I managed to not hurt myself while chopping the vegetables up, which is a miracle. And washing/rinsing and t Since I checked this out from the library, I only had time to make a few of the recipes, all of which were really good! Plus, there’s a few more I wanted to try, but I didn’t get the chance. It’s definitely something I want to buy when I get the chance. Or maybe I can just check it out from the librayr another time. The recipes I did make were interesting: lots of fresh herbs and veggies! I managed to not hurt myself while chopping the vegetables up, which is a miracle. And washing/rinsing and then chopping them the second I got home from the grocery store is a really good idea! It made everything go a lot faster knowing that everything was ready to go. Plus, I love the simplicity of the recipes: I did have some trouble finding some of the fresh herbs at the grocery store, but thankfully it was really easy to substitute them with the ones I could find. Rating: Based on the few things I managed to make, it gets a 4 out of 5. I love the easy-to-follow recipes, and the layout of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristl

    I love Giada. I love Giada's books, I love Giada's recipes, I love Giada's show, I love how Giada says "crunchy," heck, I love Giada's clothes. I love basil, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil (I needn't cutesy abbreviate here or the Food Network world might implode), parmesano reggiano, and I love basil some more. The recipes in Everyday Italian are fresh, simple(ish), and easily shopped-for. I only refrained from the final star because not everyone loves the fresh Italian palate all the time (all t I love Giada. I love Giada's books, I love Giada's recipes, I love Giada's show, I love how Giada says "crunchy," heck, I love Giada's clothes. I love basil, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil (I needn't cutesy abbreviate here or the Food Network world might implode), parmesano reggiano, and I love basil some more. The recipes in Everyday Italian are fresh, simple(ish), and easily shopped-for. I only refrained from the final star because not everyone loves the fresh Italian palate all the time (all the time... see the review for "French Women Never Get Fat" to see how I was meant to live abroad) like I do, nor do they necessarily embrace ingredients like pine nuts and currants like me (my sister). And I cook for these people.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I was pleasantly surprised by this cookbook -- the "everyday" concept is delivered in an approachable way. The majority of the ingredients are readily available and in my local grocery store. None of the recipes seem daunting. I can't wait to try them! The bonus for me was that this was a downloadable library book. I would have passed this by at the bookstore, but the no-risk opportunity to thumb through it (albeit virtually) led to my reading every recipe. I was pleasantly surprised by this cookbook -- the "everyday" concept is delivered in an approachable way. The majority of the ingredients are readily available and in my local grocery store. None of the recipes seem daunting. I can't wait to try them! The bonus for me was that this was a downloadable library book. I would have passed this by at the bookstore, but the no-risk opportunity to thumb through it (albeit virtually) led to my reading every recipe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

    Some great receipes in this book. I cook for my mom and my girlfriend. They all loved many of the receipes I made for them. If you love italian food, you NEED to get this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Henning

    Quintessential Giada...my go to for Italian anything :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Loretta

    Great Marinara recipe. Very close to my own Nana's. Great Marinara recipe. Very close to my own Nana's.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This was my pick for this month's Cookbook Book Club at my library. One of the things the group enjoyed about this book was that Giada didn't call for any unusual or expensive ingredients. We only ended up with 2 desserts from the 13 participants. We had a LOT of vegetable based dishes which was fine with me. I made a bean dip from cannellini beans which was yummy and I'm sure I will use again. My husband did sauteed broccoli rabe with pine nuts and raisins, also a tasty dish. Our only other com This was my pick for this month's Cookbook Book Club at my library. One of the things the group enjoyed about this book was that Giada didn't call for any unusual or expensive ingredients. We only ended up with 2 desserts from the 13 participants. We had a LOT of vegetable based dishes which was fine with me. I made a bean dip from cannellini beans which was yummy and I'm sure I will use again. My husband did sauteed broccoli rabe with pine nuts and raisins, also a tasty dish. Our only other complaint was that there aren't that many photos in the book and some of the directions weren't entirely clear. This is definitely a good choice for a cookbook club because there are a lot of recipes that can easily be made ahead of time. Oh, one of the most unexpected tasty recipes was Giada's spin on mashed potatoes! Yum.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise Mullins

    Tried a number of her recipes, and while the desserts were all winners, her take on common fare was a little too out there for my family to rank as s keeper(salmon cakes with mayonnaise and saltines proved alarmingly inedible). However, there were plenty of color photos and recipes were well explained. Would recommend for those who enjoy recipe books and cooking in general. My library's cooking club worked with her series and it proved to be a great discussion. Tried a number of her recipes, and while the desserts were all winners, her take on common fare was a little too out there for my family to rank as s keeper(salmon cakes with mayonnaise and saltines proved alarmingly inedible). However, there were plenty of color photos and recipes were well explained. Would recommend for those who enjoy recipe books and cooking in general. My library's cooking club worked with her series and it proved to be a great discussion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shirin

    This is the book that I learned how to make marinara sauce from after two other attempts using recipes I found on the internet turned out to be duds, so I'm probably sentimental about it for that reason alone. Also, my half-brother is currently crazy about this book's recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo, though I usually modify it by using half-and-half instead of cream and only a mixture of mixture of mozzarella and Parmesan (instead of just Parmesan) and adding chicken. This is the book that I learned how to make marinara sauce from after two other attempts using recipes I found on the internet turned out to be duds, so I'm probably sentimental about it for that reason alone. Also, my half-brother is currently crazy about this book's recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo, though I usually modify it by using half-and-half instead of cream and only a mixture of mixture of mozzarella and Parmesan (instead of just Parmesan) and adding chicken.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I did really enjoy the recipes in this book, I just wish I could have seen pictures of each completed dish. The 5 food-related pictures sprinkled throughout the book were lovely, I just didn't need to see 53 pictures of Giada. In black and white. Stirring something. Chopping something. Tasting something. Smiling about something. And always, ALWAYS, in the same short sleeved vee neck tee. Ugh! Giada, we all know you're quite the dish, but we don't want to see you in a cookbook! I did really enjoy the recipes in this book, I just wish I could have seen pictures of each completed dish. The 5 food-related pictures sprinkled throughout the book were lovely, I just didn't need to see 53 pictures of Giada. In black and white. Stirring something. Chopping something. Tasting something. Smiling about something. And always, ALWAYS, in the same short sleeved vee neck tee. Ugh! Giada, we all know you're quite the dish, but we don't want to see you in a cookbook!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    It's only $2.99 on a Prime Special. It was well worth it. I have bookmarked a number of sauces, pasta dishes, veggies, risottos, and desserts. There's grilling recipes and stews. This might be a one stop cookbook for everything Italian. I'm especially excited about the vegetarian lasagna and the turkey meatballs. See if it's still $2.99! It's only $2.99 on a Prime Special. It was well worth it. I have bookmarked a number of sauces, pasta dishes, veggies, risottos, and desserts. There's grilling recipes and stews. This might be a one stop cookbook for everything Italian. I'm especially excited about the vegetarian lasagna and the turkey meatballs. See if it's still $2.99!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I simply looked through this entire book that I borrowed from a friend and it was awful. I have made a few of her recipes in the past and they just don’t work. Her food is boring and lacks flavor. And not only that, but I just cannot stand her!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Hayes

    Very great cookbook for her first A lot of great recipes, I love the details of history she gives for certain italian words. Spoke of these are fancy but she makes them so simple so you feel like an actual food network chef! Highly recommend for italian lovers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Awesome Cookbook. Loved The Tons Of Recipes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather Jackson

    It would have been to nicer to see photos of the recipes instead of her just preparing them. I never even cooked a recipe and sold the book at at yard sale.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annet

    I tried a couple of recipes and so far, so good. Some recipes are indeed very simple, even too simple to be called a recipe. However, they can make for great ideas for a party or in-between.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lyea

    There are many useful recipes here. Some, however are a stretch due to ingredient list. Still a solid book of basics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Stapleton

    I have tried most recipes and they are all fantastic. I also haven’t found a better chicken piccata dish any where! This is a must have on a shelf.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lsilver

    I use Giadas recipes when I cook Italian. I especially appreciate her weekday cutlet recipes which are a huge hit in my house.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    The dishes in this book are beautiful and probably delicious, but some are a bit too involved for the average home cook.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louanne

    Just love Giada. Are at her resturant in las Vegas one meal I will never forget to q

  29. 4 out of 5

    ANTONIO MEEKS

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You are so good love your good

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hartlaub

    Mostly easy recipes that are doable after work or when short on time. Luscious photos for most recipes. Nice book.

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