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What I like about Giada is she's a realist. Italians can be so uptight about their food (in fact they generally are - no, do it this way, you MUST use this ingredient from X village or it's not authentic, no never use Parmesan, it MUST be Pecorino, no it must be this shape pasta - the list goes on and on)
As much as I LOVE Italy, Italians and Italian food, it can be a bit tedious after a while especially to us home cooks who want to cook food from the WHOLE of Italy not just one region (which is what tends to happen in Italy).
Giada cuts through all this. She has roots from all over this wonderful country and sees the bigger picture.
On top of that her dishes are tasty, generous and in the main easy to follow. I loved this 'coming home' TV series so had to get the book. Plus her Aunt cracks me up.
I am Italian and I bought this book for two main reasons: 1) It looks great 2) I like how Giada personalizes and internationalizes Italian recipes. The only down side is that in many recipes she uses "store bought pizza dough", instead of making it from scratch. Even though at times, when you're in a hurry, you may resolve in store bought stuff, I think she should've put the recipes of home-made pizza and pasta anyway, it would have made the book more complete.
I like the way this lady cooks- so thought i would get the book- made up- easy to understand- well laid out in easy format a delight to use- this certainly gets my thumbs up- dont hesitate a good cook book to add to your collection