Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner

Giada De Laurentiis. Clarkson Potter, $35 (240p) ISBN 978-0-307-45102-6
In her sixth cookbook, De Laurentiis explains to her readers, “This is what weeknights look like in my house.” Motivated by her desire to sit down to dinner with her husband and four-year-old daughter despite her busy schedule, De Laurentiis has “shaken up her weeknight repertoire to include only dishes that can be pulled together after a full day... and be accomplished in under an hour.” De Laurentiis delivers on her promise—the book is full of quick, easy dishes that follow her formula—simple and pleasing. A chapter on soups and salads includes jalapeño and cherry tomato gazpacho that requires no cooking at all, and caramelized onion, chicken, and grapefruit salad that calls for shredded rotisserie chicken breasts to save time. Pizza with onion, sausage, and basil and calzone recipes use store-bought pizza dough, and turkey and pancetta pot pies are made with unroll-and-bake pie crust. Though not terribly original or innovative, De Laurentiis’s recipes in this book are effective. The dishes are predictable but pleasant. Also included, “Change of Pace,” a chapter of internationally inspired dishes like vegetables in red curry and Asian quinoa with salmon, and “Breakfast for Dinner,” which includes a tasty spin on eggs Florentine and a peach and cherry frittata made with frozen fruit. Visually appealing, the book is full of photos of both De Laurentiis’s food and family. Agent: William Morris Endeavor. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 12/19/2011
Release date: 03/27/2012
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.