Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis is Giada's newest cookbook creation. It is filled with high quality pictures on high quality paper. Giada's cookbooks all have a theme and this one is healthy cooking on a day to day basis. Now this cookbook is not for those looking for cooking on a budget. Giada is a chef and as such uses good if not great quality foods and equipment and expects that the reader will also be able to afford these items if they wish to cook her recipes from this cookbook. That being said she also explains the reasoning for instance using one type of olive oil over another. In one recipe she will note that you should use not just Romano cheese but rather Pecorino Romano cheese. The seasoned cook of skill will be able to make substitutes that may not be quit the quality but certainly have meals that the family can enjoy and afford. She has many suggestions to make snacking more nutritious but still enjoyable and fun. She makes no bones that she does not eat to lose weight but rather for nutrition and enjoyment. This cookbook makes notations on whenever a recipe is classified as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. This cookbook has many suggestions on seasonings as well as ways to use those vegetables in your garden that you have lost interest in beyond the first weeks of it being in season. The chapter that I love the most however is the first one which is breakfast meals. She has many great ideas that I will use again and again.
I liked this cookbook. It cannot be the only cookbook that you own but luckily I own many and will enjoy this cookbook as an addition to my collection. I received this book for Blogging for Books for this review.