Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis – Review By Susan Millmore

Giada is the host of ‘Everyday Italian’ and ‘Giada at Home’ tv shows on the Food Network, Channel 33 on my tv under the SBS banner
She was born in Rome but grew up in Los Angeles where she still lives with her husband and daughter.

I enjoy her tv shows as they are bright and cheerful and her recipes while looking exotic sometimes, seem easy enough to prepare. Her book is a reflection of her personality as well and is brightly illustrated with scrumptious dishes of food.

While some of the measurements are in ounces, lots of the recipes call for a cup of this and a teaspoon of that, so they are not hard to work out in metric terms.
This is not a diet book but a series of balanced dishes which include whole grains such as quinoa and hominy and are healthier options than sugar laden fast foods.
There is a month of meal plans with mix and match recipes (included in the book) which can be customized according to individual needs.

One recipe is for an updated Waldorf salad which has the usual apples, grapes and nuts but instead of mayonnaise has an apple cider vinaigrette and added pearl couscous.

I see a lot of recipe books at work and some of them have only one recipe that I would make, even though they are meant to be lean meals. Some of the ingredients are not the sort of thing that the average kitchen has in its spice range. Giada’s book has really practical ingredients which even the most basic cook such as myself, would have on hand. The fruits and vegetables are easily obtained here in Australia.

All in all one of the better healthy style cookbooks that are available in the library and one which I will be happy to use.