by Sybil PrattMay, 2006
All in the family
The gorgeous Giada De Laurentiis, with her flashing smile and trademark dÅ½colletÅ½ (watch out, Nigella), has become an established star of the Food Network. Italian through and through, Giada believes that the heart of family life is in the kitchen, sharing family-style meals. Put that together with her emphasis on everyday easy with an Italian accent and you have Giada's Family Dinners, a collection of 117 accessible, uncomplicated down-home Italian recipes, flexible enough to feed five or 15, and as redolent as they are reliable. For a weeknight quickie you can choose Broiled Salmon with Garlic, Mustard and Herbs; pick a pasta to pile on plates such as Fresh Fettuccine with Roasted Chicken (yes, use that supermarket rotisserie special) and Broccoli Rabe; grill Tuna Burgers with Tapenade or ladle out a bowl of hearty, comforting Pasta e Fagioli livened up with fresh herbs. If you have a little more time and are expecting a small crowd (or even a large one), try Zuppa di Pesce topped with garlicky aioli, Veal Stew with Cipollini Onions or Turkey Bolognese. Desserts, salads, sandwiches and sides aplenty will round out your dinners and bring you a round of accolades for elevating the everyday.