Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis

Happy Cooking

“Filled with nearly 200 recipes, time-saving tips, and healthy eating strategies for every holiday, special occasion, and busy weekday in between, HAPPY COOKING is Giada’s year-round guide to cooking up a happy life.”

Giada is a busy woman trying to balance motherhood, a cooking show, cookbook writing, and a new restaurant in Vegas. In this new cookbook she shows that you can eat healthy without having to spend every moment in the kitchen. And the results are not only delicious, they are easy.

Giada De Laurentiis

Shaker Salad

Talk about easy, and it’s also make ahead. You can take this simple meal to work without having to worry about it getting soggy.  The heavy stuff goes on the bottom, light stuff on top. The dressing is the  first thing you add to the jar. When you are ready to eat, walla— just shake and eat.


Sautéed Shrimp Cocktail




Really simple to make.  Shrimp cook up quickly and sauce is made in a jiffy using mayo as a base.


Chilled Watermelon-Basil Gazpacho


This chilled soup might seem out of season to those of you who do not live here in sunny-all-year-round S.W. Florida, however, it is so delicious I had to include it.  Made in the blender and ready to serve lickety-split.!

I’ve recently become hooked on Giada’s newest TV show on Food Network.  She’s in Positano, Italy. The  filming is divine and brings back memories of our two weeks spent wandering the area and getting to know the friendly people of Southern Italy.

My beautiful finished copy of HAPPY COOKING by Giada De Laurentiis came from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. It’s really great.


3 thoughts on “Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis

  1. I used to not like Giada. She seemed too perfect and her food didn’t seem like something a working mom could or would make on a weeknight. But ever since she had her daughter I’ve noticed a huge shift in how she prepares meals and I just love her now. I didn’t know she had a new show though. My friend went to her restaurant in Vegas and she was there… serving! My friend said she was super nice to everyone.

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