Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner

Giada de Laurentiis, Author
Giada De Laurentiis. Clarkson Potter, $35 (240p) ISBN 978-0-307-45102-6
Reviewed on: 12/19/2011
Release date: 03/27/2012
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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.)
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