I have been following Laura Vitale since YouTube earliest years. I love her personality, she is very cheerful. Her recipes are usually easy to follow and to replicate at home. I find it comforting that she doesn’t decorate her cakes too much (I’m terrible). There are a few recipes of her that, whenever I make them, are a success, particularly her Nutella Cheescake. When her book Laura in the Kitchen: Favorite Italian-American Recipes Made Easy came out I couldn’t resist buying it. I really like it. Although to be sincere the timing was not the best and I’m not using it as much. It’s a special occasions cookbook for me. It’s not the book’s fault. It’s just that we don’t eat that much meat, our son can’t have cheese and we don’t bake too much. As soon as the book arrived, we became flexitarian or semi-vegetarians.
Nonetheless, there are some recipes that I swear by, for example, the garlic stuffed pork loin, the curry carrots, pasta with chickpeas and the Passata sauce.
What do I like the most about the book?
The thing that I love the most is that every recipe is prefaced by an anecdote. You can see why she chose this recipe and what memories brings her. If you are a fan on her show, you know that her goal is for her viewers to make family memories around the table (and kitchen!). In almost every chapter she shares a part of her life with the viewer. This warmth and closeness is present on this book.
Moving on to more practical affairs, the book has an index, a conversion table and a pantry basics lists.
Lastly, the photography is beautiful.
Would I recommend it?
This book is ideal for those who love pasta, meat and baking. Recipes are easy to follow. It won’t be hard to find any of the ingredients. All the dishes are very comforting and homey. You really feel the love that she poured on these recipes.