One of the the . . . OK, the ONLY upside of having the flu for the past several days was that I got to do some uninterrupted reading. I’d just gotten Teresa Giudice’s cookbook, “Skinny Italian” late last week, and I read the whole thing over the weekend. It’s fabulous. Really, it is. You know I love Real Housewives of New Jersey, and even before reading this cookbook I knew I would love hanging out in the kitchen with Teresa, drinking wine and gossiping, but this cookbook is so much more than I had anticipated.
I rarely buy cookbooks anymore, because let’s face it, you can find fifty recipes for anything you want to cook online in about two minutes. I have favorite recipe sites and food blogs, not recipe books. But Teresa’s is worth buying. Not only is every recipe in it simple, healthy, and delicious-looking (with all nutritional information at the back), but it’s well written (yes, by a ghost-writer) and funny. One of my favorite parts is a chart with the most commonly used Italian herbs and spices, what form they are best used in, and when in the cooking process to add them – HANDY! I made Teresa’s Favorite Tagliatelle for supper and the guys LOVED it (sorry, forgot to take a picture) and this week for lunch I’m eating Panzanella Salad.