Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis

9780804187923Giada De Laurentiis is one of my favorite chefs on Food Network because her cooking embodies the feeling of home and welcoming. I have been wanting to purchase her cookbooks, however, the opportunity to do so has always passed me by until I had the opportunity to review Happy Cooking for free.

Happy Cooking is essentially a healthy—or clean eating—cookbook which presents a lot of healthy recipes without the loss of flavor. The recipes are mainly built on ingredients that provide nutritious benefits as well as make you full longer. The thing I love about this cookbook is that all the recipes—even though they are considered healthy—are actually appetizing and worth serving to my family as well as dinner guest. Another pro to this book is that the recipes can be used all year long, instead of just during the summer or the fall which tends to be the two most popular cooking seasons.

One of the things I love best about this book are the beautiful illustrations. I am definitely someone who eats with their eyes, and overall I just love recreating recipes from cookbooks that have pictures for each recipe just because I want to make sure the finished product is made correctly. The food photography alone are enough to make you want to go out and purchase yourself a copy.

Another great thing about this book is that even though the book sticks to the healthy theme, Giada makes sure to get you a lot of food choices outside the typical vegetables and salads that are usually accompanied with the term clean eating. For example, she has an amazing chicken and roasted potatoes with leeks recipe that is full of flavor, but made with simple, fresh ingredients and low sodium broth. So don’t be fooled by the term healthy because there are plenty of hearty recipes in the book, just made with better nutritious ingredients.

I am so glad I was able to get a copy because of this book because it has become my November cooking project. Hopefully I can master Giada’s recipes while creating and reinventing a few of my own.


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