Marya Kowal's Reviews > Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California

Giada at Home by Giada De Laurentiis
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Aug 17, 2011

it was ok
Read from August 17 to 18, 2011

Good points:
The photos are GORGEOUS, food as well as people. If you just flip through cookbooks without cooking, this is a nice one!
The stories about the dishes are short, interesting, and fun to read.

The majority of the recipes in this "home cooking" book are disappointingly formal. Not really much of a weeknight supper kind of book.
Some of the ingredients recommended or required are expensive or harder to find. Not a huge surprise, but unfortunately true of recipes that attracted
my attention.
Many of the recipes take far too many steps and too much time to be everyday recipes. Who has time to make simple syrup, poach pears, and reduce the
poaching liquid for a family dinner??

Very nice if you like her tv show and want personal stories and recipes for food she loves, not so good for real-world families.

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