Synopses & Reviews
As the breakout star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey
, Teresa Giudice has quickly become a household name--and a New York Times bestselling author. Her first book, Skinny Italian
, showcased the health benefits of Old World Italian cuisine. Now she returns with 60 more flavorful family recipes straight from Salerno--with an emphasis on preparing, serving, and eating meals with the ones you love. Teresa shares her simple, inexpensive, and "fabulicious" dishes, including:
Secret family recipes: Featuring her Mama's meatballs and her mother-in-law's Ti Amo Tiramisu, the dessert that loves you back.
Celebration cooking: From one-dish feasts to the perfect potluck take-alongs, including entertaining tips for any occasion.
Light lunches: Spotlighting lighter fare, smaller portions, and sensational salads (as well as Panini!).
Kid friendly meals: How to go beyond mac-and-cheese, and get little ones involved in the kitchen.
Whether you're packing lunches or fixing a weekend feast, Teresa has just the recipe that will keep your family coming back for more--and living La Bella Vita!
"Like its bestselling predecessor, Skinny Italian, Giudice's follow-up contains more of the simple, authentic Italian recipes and reality show quips that made her first book a hit. Whether it's classics like Pesto, fried calamari, and braciole, or comfort food like slow-cooked Chicken Cacciatore served over creamy polenta, Giudice's recipes and instructions ensure quality every time. Some may balk at making fresh pasta for dishes like Franco's Fettuccine with Creamy Portobello Sauce, not to mention their own foccacia for sandwiches, but those who do roll up their sleeves should find Giudice's tutelage useful. Though the recipes don't feel rushed, much of the book, padded with images and stories of Saturday morning pancake breakfasts, does. A startling number of pages are devoted to glossy photos, seemingly from the same day, of family members in varying combinations. When a particular recipe is featured, it is often given two pages (recipe; picture). Traditionalists in search of a collection of classic recipes will appreciate Giudice's aversion to corner-cutting, and her calorie-cutting tips, and fans of The Real Housewives will lap it all up. Those searching for a more expansive take on Italian cuisine, however, will feel cheated. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An Italian cookbook from the creators and stars of VH1and#8217;s and#147;Mob Wives,and#8221; featuring family recipes and stories of growing up in a mob family.
Mob Wives," a reality TV series that follows the lives of four women affiliated with the Mob, has quickly risen to become the #1 show on VH1 and has inspired multiple spinoffs. The show's creator, Jennifer Graziano, one of its stars, Renee Graziano, and their restaurateur sister Lana Graziano, have joined together to create this stunning full color cookbook that will share 100 of their favorite and most coveted family recipes, from pasta, meat, chicken, and fish, to more, plus never-before-heard stories and anecdotes from inside the most famous mob family of our day (like how to sneak meatballs to family members in prison). The cookbook will feature personal stories centered around food and family, some funny, some outrageous, and some sentimental, but always authentic. For these women, there is nothing more important than family, and at the heart of every family and#150; especially every Italian family -- is food.
About the Author
Jennifer Graziano is the creator and Executive Producer of "Mob Wives," the #1 show on VH1 for two seasons running, with two more seasons on the way. She also produces and#147;Big Angand#8221;, and#147;Mob Wives Chicagoand#8221; and and#147;Mob Wives Miamiand#8221; (coming soon), in partnership with Harvey Weinstein. Renee Graziano is the star of "Mob Wives" and perhaps the showand#8217;s most compelling character. She is divorced from Hector Pagan, Jr., who was exposed as an FBI informant, and with whom she has a son, A.J. Sheand#8217;s been the subject of feature articles in People, US Weekly, and OK!, and appeared on The View, GMA, Extra, and many more. Lana Graziano-Zancocchio is the oldest of the Graziano clan. She married John Zancocchio, brother in law to Hector and#147;Juniorand#8221; Pagan and member of the Bonanno crime family, in the 1980s. Now divorced, they still own and operate several restaurants. Lanaand#8217;s also a close friend of Big Ang of "Mob Wives." Jennifer, Renee, and Lana are the daughters of Anthony and#147;T.G.and#8221; Graziano, the capo of the Bonanno crime family, currently serving a prison sentence on federal racketeering and extortion charges.