Giada De Laurentiis is one of the most recognizable celebrity chefs of today. The star of multiple shows on the Food Network, including Everyday Italian, and a bestselling cookbook author, De Laurentiis has made Italian cuisine with a healthier, modern twist her hallmark. Fresh ingredients, simply prepared, De Laurentiis has inspired many a home cook with her delicious and accessible recipes--her Lamb Ragu with Mint has long been a personal favorite.
In De Laurentiis' latest cookbook, Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita, is wonderfully personal, as she whisks readers off to her native Rome, sharing stories and recipes from her roots colored by envy-inducing photographs. Giada's Italy is divided into the way she and other Italians eat (Weeknights, La Dolce Vita, Lunch, In-Betweens) and magnifies the cooking style we've come to associate with her: old Italian flavor for today's home cook.
*Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita was an editors' pick for the Best Cookbooks of April
We asked De Laurentiis which books she had read and enjoyed lately, and here are her answers.
About an American couple who moves to Sienna in the 1950’s. Seeing the "antiquated" culture of postwar/cold war Italy through the eyes of Americans, obsessed with modern convenience and progress, sort of mirrors my Italy to America transition in a fun way -- plus there are spies! Affairs! and lot of food!!
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