Jennifer Rayment's Reviews > Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner

Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis
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Apr 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read on April 02, 2012 — I own a copy

The Good Stuff

The recipes are simple to make and use ingredients that most families have on hand
Not a lot of ingredients in each recipe
We enjoyed the pesto pizza with friends and found the fresh toppings a very pleasant change from the usual pepperoni and cheese we always eat because of the kids
Jen and I thoroughly enjoyed the Asparagus Soup (The herbed goat cheese you make to add to the soup makes the soup taste heavenly!) but getting our 10 yr old to eat it was an exercise in frustration. He LOVES asparagus but he turned his nose down when we turned it into soup and refused to try it. This ticked us off so much we made him eat some of it and 45 minutes later he had consumed maybe a 1/4 cup (FYI - we are usually you have to at least give it a chance and have one bite kinda parents but he had been so bloody frustrating all day we lost it)
This is such a fantastic cookbook for busy weekday nights so you can serve your family something healthier than getting take out
My wife who really doesn't enjoy cooking, like I do, enjoyed using this cookbook as it didn't stress her out with recipes that have hundreds of steps or involve too much prep (Jen's note: I made it sound nicer than what he wrote down - even good for lazy, impatient cooks like my wife)
Wife really liked making the cookies - not to mention eating them
Nice variety of types of recipes - a little bit of everything
The Introduction was interesting and it was nice to read that she had a hard time getting her child to eat
Pictures make the food look mouthwatering (and see next comment) but wife wishes there were more pictures of the recipes and less of her and her family
Men will enjoy the picture of her breasts

The Not So Good Stuff

Many of the recipes did not appeal to our sons which made it frustrating to find something the whole family would like

Favorite Recipes

Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese - Pg 27
Arugula Pesto, Ricotta, and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza - Pg 65
Crispy Chicken with rosemary-lemon Salt - Pg 127
Peanut Butter Cookies with Blackberry Jam - Pg 215
Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies - Pg 224

Who Should/Shouldn't Use

Perfect for busy parents - well ones that don't have as picky kids as mine
Good for both the beginner and intermediate cook
Going to be buying this one for a couple people this Christmas

5 Dewey's (Plus 1 for her breasts from Chef Jeff)

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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