The absolute best things about Giada De Laurentiis’ Happy Cooking–well, except for the delicious and healthy recipes–are the pictures. Photograph after photograph after photograph appear on every page of this delightful cookbook. For me, and for my young chef, pictures are very important in a cookbook, and Happy Cooking is really beautifully designed. I am a visual learner, so seeing the finished foods, the prep in progress, and even fun pictures of Giada makes this cookbook appealing to me. My young chef is inspired to cook when he sees something yummy, and Happy Cooking delivers this wonderfully.
Happy Cooking has many great features including a key to gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan choices. Side notes from Giada make Happy Cooking much more than a recipe book, with helpful tips on sleeping well, what to cook when your pantry seems bare, cooking tips and tricks, and even yoga stretches for holiday survival.
From homemade juices to full Thanksgiving dinners, Happy Cooking is a cookbook for the entire year. My son commented that he never knew you could make orange juice at home from oranges, so Orange is the New Healthy was the first thing we tried (delicious). The Parmesan Marinara is divine, and it can be made in large quantities to store in the freezer for homemade meals on busy weeknights. Slow-Cooker Saffron Rice with Chicken Sausage couldn’t be simpler and provides a ready made meal at the end of the day, with a little quick morning preparation. My favorites are actually veggie side dishes: Spicy Sesame Bok Choy and Caesar-Roasted Broccoli. They are both amazingly flavorful, easy to prepare and so, so good.
The Weekends & Holidays section is full to the brim with ideas for making celebrations special without stressing out over them. Since we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, my young chef and I have already bookmarked several ideas from these pages to add to our menu. The “happy” behind this cookbook is that every meal can count and doesn’t have to be a major/big deal. Cooking should be done with love and fun, and that’s the real concept behind Happy Cooking.
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