Thursday, December 20, 2012

Weeknights with Giada

Weeknights with Giada

I have decided that after I’ve made a few recipes from a cookbook I will do a review of that book!  This way you can see the recipes that I’ve tried, all in one place and find out some more information about the book.  It is sad that it has taken me many, many years of blogging to come up with this idea.  Very sad.   But have no fear, I expect this to become a regular feature!

So, without further ado, let’s begin with Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner 

Like all of Giada’s books, it is filled with gorgeous pictures of both the food, Giada and her family.  Some people have complained that there are too many photos of family and not enough of the food, but I love the family shots. 

The book is organized in 8 sections:  soups & salads; bruschettas, sandwiches & pizzas; pasta & grains; meat, poultry & fish; change of pace; breakfast for dinner; veggies & sides; and desserts. 

From the bruschettas, sandwiches and pizza section, I made the Arugula Pesto, Ricotta and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza.  

Arugula pesto, ricotta and smoked mozzarella pizza.

From the meat, poultry and fish section, I made the Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce.

Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

From the Breakfast for Dinner section, I made the absolutely wonderful Crispy Breakfast Pita and the Baked Potatoes with Sausage and Arugula.

Crispy Breakfast Pita

Baked Potato with Sausage and Arugula

And from the Veggies and Sides section, I made the amazing awesome Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon.

Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon

Every single thing I have tried, I have loved!  Seriously.  And I still have lots marked to try:  Grilled California-Style Chopped Salad with Shrimp;  Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Pancetta;  Risotto with Currants, Pine Nuts and Feta Cheese; Crispy Chicken with Rosemary-Lemon Salt; Asian Quinoa with Salmon;  Fig and Brie Panini;  …..I could go on and on. 

Highly recommend!


Joanne said...

This sounds like a book I need to pick up in the new year, if everything you've made from it has been a hit! I have one of her other cookbooks and should really expand my repertoire.

Amy said...

Can you believe I don't own one single Giada cookbook? How is that!? I've made many of her recipes before and love them all. Need to add this to my list...

La Table De Nana said...

I am so glad you are going to do this..

I will be wathcing:) Se was so funny on a Christmas special with Alton Brown..Bobby Flay..Ree Drummond..Rachel Ray..did you see it?

I don't think she can take a bad photo:)

I have one of her books in French..imagine.

June said...

Yum - everything looks incredible and your photo's are amazing. I'll be putting the book on my "want" list too.

shirley said...

Yum - all of it looks great! I've tended not to buy her cookbooks because sometimes the recipes are too complicated for my busy life. These sound perfect, though.

Marjie said...

A double duty post: book review and food review in one! Brilliant!

shabby girl said...

Oh, that Crispy Breakfast Pita just grabbed me by the neck and jerked me to attention!

Kim said...

Pam - I love the idea of doing a cookbook roundup and review after you've made a few of the dishes. It's a great idea.

This Giada book is definitely one of my favorite cookbooks from this year. I made the arugula pizza and the sausage and arugula potatoes and we loved them both! I've actually made those potatoes quite a few times because they were such a hit.

grace said...

sigh. i just don't like giada--she comes across as SO pretentious to me. that said, some of her recipes are fantastic--nice round-up!