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With photos shot on location around her native Rome, Giada's latest book--a New York Times bestseller--is a lavish exploration of her food roots and the lifestyle traditions that define la bella vita , with the contemporary California twist that has made her America's most beloved Italian chef. America knows and loves Giada De Laurentiis for h With photos shot on location around her native Rome, Giada's latest book--a New York Times bestseller--is a lavish exploration of her food roots and the lifestyle traditions that define la bella vita , with the contemporary California twist that has made her America's most beloved Italian chef. America knows and loves Giada De Laurentiis for her lighter, healthier takes on classic Italian fare. In her newest cookbook, she invites fans and home cooks to get to know the flavors and stories that have inspired her life's work. Here, she shares recipes for authentic Italian dishes as her family has prepared them for years while infusing them with her signature fresh flavors to make them her own, like in her Grilled Swordfish with Candied Lemon Salad; Spaghetti with Chianti and Fava Beans; Asparagus with Grilled Melon Salad; Bruschetta with Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde; and Fennel Upside Down Cake. Filled with gorgeous photography of Italy, peppered with family stories, and complete with more of Giada's tips and advice for cooking up fabulous meals with ease, Giada's Italy is a stunning celebration of Italy's flavors as only Giada could present them.


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With photos shot on location around her native Rome, Giada's latest book--a New York Times bestseller--is a lavish exploration of her food roots and the lifestyle traditions that define la bella vita , with the contemporary California twist that has made her America's most beloved Italian chef. America knows and loves Giada De Laurentiis for h With photos shot on location around her native Rome, Giada's latest book--a New York Times bestseller--is a lavish exploration of her food roots and the lifestyle traditions that define la bella vita , with the contemporary California twist that has made her America's most beloved Italian chef. America knows and loves Giada De Laurentiis for her lighter, healthier takes on classic Italian fare. In her newest cookbook, she invites fans and home cooks to get to know the flavors and stories that have inspired her life's work. Here, she shares recipes for authentic Italian dishes as her family has prepared them for years while infusing them with her signature fresh flavors to make them her own, like in her Grilled Swordfish with Candied Lemon Salad; Spaghetti with Chianti and Fava Beans; Asparagus with Grilled Melon Salad; Bruschetta with Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde; and Fennel Upside Down Cake. Filled with gorgeous photography of Italy, peppered with family stories, and complete with more of Giada's tips and advice for cooking up fabulous meals with ease, Giada's Italy is a stunning celebration of Italy's flavors as only Giada could present them.

30 review for Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    I checked this book out from the local library. The layout is easy to read, with colorful pictures of delicious dishes and working locals. The ingredients description at the start was very helpful. I also liked how Giada broke down the recipes into different categories and showed other food pairings with some of the smaller dishes. There’s about a handful of dishes I’m excited to try, especially the creamy sweet corn with pancetta, white chocolate orzo pudding, and the Barolo-braised short ribs. I checked this book out from the local library. The layout is easy to read, with colorful pictures of delicious dishes and working locals. The ingredients description at the start was very helpful. I also liked how Giada broke down the recipes into different categories and showed other food pairings with some of the smaller dishes. There’s about a handful of dishes I’m excited to try, especially the creamy sweet corn with pancetta, white chocolate orzo pudding, and the Barolo-braised short ribs. The sartu di riso-very basic explanation ...a bundt pan mold of rice stuffed with sausage including herbs and and cheese!...also looked amazing. I just need an excuse to make a large dish!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    Giada's Italy has so dozens of great looking recipes, and beautiful pictures of food and Florence. I have to say I have never gone wrong with any of her former cookbooks, so even though I haven't tried any recipes yet, I'm pretty confident I'm going to like what I make. In the meantime, I'm happily eating with my eyes. This is keeping me psyched up to cook and may be my favorite Giada book so far.

  3. 4 out of 5

    April

    It's hard to rate a cookbook at 5 stars when you haven't tried all the recipes, but for purely a reading and visual experience this is a 5-star book. The photographs are beautiful and I bookmarked well over half the recipes to try. And Giada's dresses!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Fabulous cookbook as always. I am a huge fan of this woman’s cooking. Her recipes are delicious and the pictures in the cookbook are stunning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I've always liked watching Giada's cooking shows on Food Network because she makes everything look so good - even if it's things I don't like to eat, it still looks good! In this cookbook Giada takes us to her native Rome and shares some recipes inspired by that part of Italy. It's designed like a typical cookbook with starters, lunch, snacks, main dishes, dessert, etc. There are definitely a few dishes I'd like to try in this one. Overall, another solid cookbook from Giada De Laurentiis.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andee

    Beautiful book! Gorgeous photos and a variety of beautiful recipes, easy and more advanced. Giada’s food is always approachable and simplistic, focusing on good ingredients. I’ve always been a big fan of Giada’s and her recipes. She continues to evolve and this book shows those various aspects that she has grown and expanded in.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly D.

    Was gifted this book and haven’t yet made anything from it but I like how the recipes are laid out. There are photographs for about half of the dishes. I’m a fan of each recipe having its own photo, but half is better than some cookbook’s I’ve read recently. Will definitely try some recipes from this book. It definitely makes me want to go to Italy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth (Enthralled by the Written Word)

    Enjoyed the photos and can’t wait to try the recipes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Tollefson

    A beautiful book, but the recipes are a bit too adventurous for us !!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This isn't my favorite of Giada's many cookbooks. I know this is more for herself then the American public she is used to cooking for. I won't be making anything from it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Not very many ones I want to try but pretty pictures of some of the recipes. Wish there were pictures of all of the recipes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Great photos and stories but not a cookbook I would buy as won’t be trying many of the recipes

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    If you enjoy the recipes on Giada in Italy you will enjoy this book. IMO, better than her 3 previous books and more in line with her original Italian cookbooks. Glad to have Giada back!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Beautiful pictures with delicious recipes. Will try to pin some.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Several recipes I want to try. I like how recipes are broken up. My go to section is the weeknight chapter

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Gerberding

    This is one of those cookbooks that makes you want to be in the country it is set in, and cook all the recipes! Lovely pictures, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    So many wonderful recipes in this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Czerwinski

    All good things come from Giada. I own most of her books, even had her autograph several copies! Her food is comforting and her words refreshing. I always look forward to all her creations.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    4.5 beautiful photography, fresh clean recipes!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Some special ingredients using simple cooking techniques. I’ve like everything that I have cooked so far.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Heller

    Giada's Italy was okay.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leonore

    Can't wait to try more of these recipes. So good and tasty.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Excellent recipes, beautiful pictures, and lovely stories about her time spent in Italy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Nolan

    Beautiful photos and delicious recipes!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becca G

    Great recipes as always😋 I particularly enjoyed the marinated salumi sandwich. Beautiful pictures too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Great recipes! I've already made a couple. The ingredients are easy to get and the flavor combos are ones I haven't tried before. Plus the photography is gorgeous.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Federici

    Delicious recipes that are not too complicated to follow.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Cinquemani

    Nice stories to go along with the recipes, great recipes to prepare for your friends and family.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I enjoyed this cookbook, lovely pictures of the food and Giada enjoying Italy and her family. The recipes look great, I can't wait to try them. Gives you that inspiring spark.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Not interested in any of the recipes,

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