Giada de Laurentiis, known for her popular Food Network shows, cookbooks and delicious Italian fare, has published her sixth book, Weeknights With Giada (2012 Clarkson Potter). For the first time, Giada tackles easy, family-friendly dishes, sharing her favourite tips and go-to meals that can be served in a flash. After a full day, Giada, like most parents, wants nothing more than to sit down for a home-cooked dinner with her family. Her new book delivers soups, sandwiches, pastas and fish dishes that come together quickly as stand-alone main courses. Her spicy linguine is ready in 15 minutes, and you can't beat grilled sirloin steaks with peppers (pictured above), also ready in 15 minutes. Flavour, freshness and fun take centre stage while cooking times, pots dirtied and stress are kept to a minimum.
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