Cookbook Review: Giada De Laurentiis’s Happy Cooking

I received this book from blogging for books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have always enjoyed Giada on TV and her recipes are always a hit, so I decided to see how her newest cookbook was.

Being her 8th book I expected great things from this book. Each of her cookbooks have reflected the stage she is in at that point in her life, this one is no different. This time around she is a single mom, still as busy as ever and wanting healthy and simple recipes for her and her daughter. The book is filled with almost 200 recipes and lots of great information.

My first impressions. The cover is very nice with great pictures. The back cover lets you know all the great types of recipes you will find inside, and there is a lot of variety. Flipping through the pages I saw that most pages had a picture or two on them, I love when I can see what a recipe is suppose to look like.

The layout of the book is easy to follow. The contents page lays out the sections, which are broken down into types of foods and occasions. There are the typical sections like breakfasts, soups, pastas and others like eating clean and holiday recipes. She included recipes that are gluten-free. vegetarian, and vegan as well to meet many readers wishes.

Each section has a little preface where Giada talks about what you will find in there. Within recipes she also explains some of the ingredients that are different or important to that recipe. Each recipe has a picture as well as extra pictures thrown in of Giada cooking or eating.

I really enjoyed reading through the cookbook and can’t wait to try out some recipes. Skinny Chicken Parm and Roasted Mushroom and Kale Pizzette are the first ones on my lists.

Do you have any Giada De Laurentiis cookbooks?


  1. I really like her cooking.
    This book sounds perfect for my stage of life now too.

  2. I don’t have any of her cookbooks, but I have some DVDs of her cooking show. I love cookbooks and I will be checking this one out from the library.

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