I will admit, I am a Food Network fan, even though I don’t cook much. Recipes tend to scare me after a bit because my level of food know-how isn’t very high. I can follow the directions, but I like knowing what the food is going to look like, and having terms explained. That’s part of what I like about Giada diLaurentiis. She’s friendly and knowledgeable, and understands that sometimes you don’t have a lot of time to make intensive meals during the week. She lists her go-to pantry ingredients, but at my house, I think most of her recipes would be relegated to the weekends when we have more time.
Weeknights with Giada is Giada diLaurentiis’ latest cookbook. As can be expected, the photos are beautiful and the food sounds (and looks) delicious. I especially liked the tips (“Cook’s Note”) that is provided on most of the recipes. She includes stories about some of the recipes – like how she substitutes wagon wheel pasta in one dish to make it more appealing to her 4-year-old daughter. I never thought of that.
I haven’t tried out any of the recipes yet, but this will most likely be a cookbook I purchase in the next few months. Her recipes don’t look heavy, and her desserts aren’t overly rich and sugary, which is exactly what I need as I work to lose a bunch of weight.
Thank you Giada for a delightful, beautiful, inspiring cookbook. You make me want to try new things in the kitchen.
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.