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September 30, 2008

Book Notes - Giada De Laurentiis ("Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites")

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that is in some way relevant to their recently published books.

I have to admit not watching Food Network often, but I am a huge fan of Giada De Laurentiis's cookbooks. Her classic lasagne with Bechamel sauce is a staple in our home, and her recipes brim with fresh ingredients prepared simply.

Giada's new cookbook is out today. Giada’s Kitchen is filled with the flavorful Italian recipes that have become her trademark, and even includes a section of recipes for children to prepare.

In her own words, here is Giada De Laurentiis's Book Notes essay for her memoir, Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites

When I made my earliest appearances on the Food Network, there were plenty of well-established authorities who already had made their mark on the culinary landscape. I wondered at first what on earth could I bring to the table. Where would I fit in? What new message did I have to share? When I thought about my roots, though, the way my family has always cooked, and the places and people whose food continues to inspire me today, the recipes and ideas began to come. And haven’t stopped since.

In keeping with Largehearted Boy’s invitation to take part in this feature, here is a little food and music pairing with some of the recipes and menus in my new book, Giada’s Kitchen, which comes out today!

Catch up with me on my book tour...


Apple and Thyme Martini: "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra
"…don’t martinis and Frank Sinatra go hand in hand?"
Pecorino Crackers: "House of Cards" by Radiohead
"…just love Radiohead’s new album but this is my favorite song!"

Panini w/ Chocolate and Brie: "Sexy Can I" by Ray J
"…because anything w/ Chocolate is sexy!"

Pecorino Romano w/ Apples & Fig Jam: "God Put A Smile On Your Face" by Coldplay
"…because these little crostini’s are soooo yummy that you’ll feel like you’re in heaven."


Fresh Tomato and Goat Cheese Strata w/ Herb Oil: "Say" by John Mayer
"…I hosted a Tiger Woods Charity with John last year and listen to him daily"

Veal Chop: "Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews
"…nothing says crash into me like a Veal Chop"

Artichoke Grantinata: "Be w/ Out You" by Mary J Blige
"…the crust on top is the best part!!"

Citrus Semifreddo: "ViVa La Vida" by Coldplay
"…this dessert will make you want to live life to the fullest!!"

Giada De Laurentiis and Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites links:

the author's website
the author's social network
the author's book tour
the author's Wikipedia entry
the author's Everyday Italian Food Network show
the book's page at the publisher

ReTorte review

Page Six profile of the author

also at Largehearted Boy:

Previous Book Notes submissions (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
directors and actors discuss their film's soundtracks
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)


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