I’m going to make some progress towards my January challenge of reviewing as many NetGalley books as possible, as I was given the chance to read a digital galley of the new Giada De Laurentiis cookbook, Weeknights with Giada. I love cookbooks, and I’m always looking for new inspiration for weeknight meals in particular. The title is set to be released on March 27, 2012.
The subtitle of the book is ‘Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner’, which sounded right up my alley. Although I didn’t know much about Giada prior to reading the book, the one thing that I noticed right away was how food for her revolves around her family–photos of she, her husband, and her daughter involved in the preparation and the consumption of the meals appear throughout. I really liked the personal touch that the choice of photos gave to the book.
There are the usual categories of recipes to choose from, with two notable exceptions–‘Change of Pace’ and ‘Breakfast for Dinner’. I liked these categories because it’s so true that part of what can make weeknight meals such a chore is the routine. There are many nights when I get home from work and just don’t feel like cooking, even when there is plenty of food in the fridge. A change in the routine can be just the thing to beat the weeknight slump, and I especially enjoyed some of the ideas Giada presents in these chapters, notably more ethnic-inspired recipes and some delicious-sounding breakfast choices. According to Giada, she eats ‘breakfast for dinner’ once a week, a tradition I could easily see being adopted in our house.
The layout of the book is simple and easy to follow, with a nice, readable font. Giada adds ‘Cooks Notes’ to most recipes, giving helpful hints and tips for accomplishing the dish. It’s also obvious that she takes into consideration the preferences of her audience–in this case, her family. Many of the recipes are adapted to young children (Crepes with Peanut Butter and Jam, anyone?) and to grill-happy husbands. Personally, I like the many original soup and salad ideas she offers, as that is usually the type of dinner I’m up for after a long day at work.
I really enjoyed Weeknights with Giada and look forward to trying out some of the recipes soon!
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Crown Publishing Group and Clarkson Potter/Publishers for providing me with a review copy of this book.
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