Book Review “Happy Cooking”

By: Gloria Marie

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“Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count…..Without Stressing Out” by Giada De Laurentiis is my new favorite go-to cookbook. It is a very comprehensive cookbook and no matter what your diet is, you are sure to find recipes that appeal to you. There are over 200 recipes. Informative cooking and entertaining tips are interspersed throughout the book.

The recipes are well written and accompanied by beautiful photographs.  The chapters in include: First Things First: Breakfast, Snacks, Salads, Pastas, Eating Clean, Weeknight Warriors and Holidays. There are many vegetarian and vegan options in addition to chicken, fish, and meat recipes.  There are also a variety of cooking methods.  I especially enjoyed her tips for holiday entertaining. The ingredients used in the recipes are easy to find at your local grocery store.  You will not have to hunt down long lists of unusual ingredients.

I prepared the Gluten-Free Pasta with Butternut Squash and Marjoram. I prepared it for guests. It was delicious and gluten-, nut-, and dairy free.  The pasta was brown rice spaghetti and my guests could not tell the difference from traditional pasta.

I also prepared the Farro and Arugula Salad.  I have made farro many times, but, Giada’s instructions for cooking it made it much more flavorful.  The recipe for Alex’s Shrimp Stir-Fry was tasty and simple to prepare.

I highly recommend “Happy Cooking”.  You will be spending less time preparing food in your kitchen, but, you will have amazing delicious, healthy meals.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.




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