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The newest cookbook from De Laurentiis (after Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites) straddles two continents with wonderful recipes from Italy and California. Chapters of this friendly and inviting book are titled by course, such as Appetizers and Desserts, as well as by ingredient and occasion (e.g., brunch). The author includes straightforward instructions for classic Italian fare, such as steak involtini; Chianti-marinated stew; pecorino and bean salad; and limoncello granita, as well as a selection of such modern dishes as grilled asparagus and melon salad; pea pesto crostini, and lemon hazelnut tiramis . Chock-full of mouthwatering dishes for easy entertaining (Italian fried olives; whole wheat pita chips with mascarpone-chive dip; and vegetable parmesan), this appealing collection is supplemented with informative, short essays on ingredients including olive oil and dried and fresh herbs. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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De Laurentiis, star of Food Network's Everyday Italian, shares recipes from Italy (where she was born) and California (where she was raised) that are perfect for family get-togethers. She originally combines Italian and American flavors. While most recipes are simple to prepare and written for all skill levels, advanced cooks will find a three-tier dessert. This is highly recommended and will be in demand. Library marketing. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.