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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Cookin For Trouble by Nadia G. - Chef Jeff Review

Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen : Cookin For Trouble 
by Nadia G.

Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345531827
Buy From Indigo


Culinary It-girl Nadia G is just as skilled strutting in stilettos as she is wielding a meat cleaver. Now this Julia Child of the Net generation and host of the wildly popular Bitchin’ Kitchen TV show on the Cooking Channel brings her savvy chef know-how and rock star ’tude to glam up your dining experience. Trained at the culinary institute of Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks, Nadia says that her passion for food started in her Italian family’s kitchen, where meals became moments. In Cookin’ for Trouble, she shares recipes and cooking tips for beginner and seasoned home cooks to liven any occasion.

Back-of-the-Fridge Bachelor Brunches: Sometimes what lurks in the back of our fridge isn’t that inspiring, unless it’s been there long enough to strike up a conversation. No groceries, no problem! With just a few leftovers, whip up a scrumptious Sartu di Patate, or a Pasta Frittata that tastes like you’d planned it for days.

(Dysfunctional) Family Pizza Night: Bring your family and thighs closer together with the Giosia familia recipe for Rustica Pan Pizza, Puttanesca Panzerotti, and Traditional Italian Frittelle smothered in a creamy chocolate-nougat fondue.

Makeover Meals: We all get stuck in a rut sometimes, whether it’s the same boring dish, hairstyle, or boyfriend. It’s time for an upgrade! Turn ordinary dishes on their head with inspired crispy Tuna Sliders, smoky Chicken Risotto, and juicy Meatloaf Kebabs.

• Plus Nadia’s creative menus for Hi-Speed Suppers, Girl’s Night In, Veg-Head Specials, Student Shkoff-fest, and a special chapter devoted to everyone’s favorite food group: Bacon!

I know—we had you at “Bacon.” But there’s more! Loaded with gorgeous photos, more than fifty original recipes, sanity-saving “Nadvice,” a Bitchin’ Party Guide, and a hunky team of food correspondents—Panos, the Spice Agent, and Hans—Cookin’ for Trouble will take your meals from square to sassy faster than you can say “Tsaketa.”*  and for newbies, there’s an Italian Slang Dictionary!

The  Good Stuff
  • Absolutely hilarious to read - even if you never make any of the recipes, its a fun read
  • Visually beautiful
  • We caught an episode of the Bitchen Kitchen because of this cookbook and now have pvr'd episodes - so much fun to watch
  • Recipes are very creative
  • Never laughed this much while reading a cookbook
  • She's kinda hot (Shh don't tell the wife)
  • Great recipes for parties, this is not an everyday kind of cookbook
  • This is definitely a weekend warriors cookbook with loads of truly different, interesting and delicious meals
  • Incredible variety of meals
  • Good selection of recipes including ones for special diets such as Vegan, gluten free and even some truly appetizing light meals
  • The index is good and the added bits about Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil and Slang Dictionary are a brilliant addition
The Not So Good Stuff
  • A lot of ingredients and a lot of steps - not for the basic cook who is impatient
  • Not a lot of quick, simple meals - you need a well stocked pantry and time to cook (Jeff: This is not the cookbook for my wife -- Jen: Dude who made the recipe for this review - that's right ME -  you were too hung over from your work thing at the Air Canada Centre)
  • Intro by Guy Fieri is way too about him (self promotion overload) and not enough about Nadia G - turned me off picking up one of his cookbooks
Favorite Recipes
  • Spicy Shrimp Po Boy
  • Fritelle
  • No Bake Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Pie
  • Vegan Dark Chocolate and Caramelized Banana Pie

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Not for the simple or inexperienced cook (though the recipes are easy enough to do, you need the patience and passion to do it)
  • Fabulous for the cook who likes to have fun and experiment with new things
  • Definitely for those who have a quirky sense of humour -

4 Dewey's

We Received this From Random House in Exchange for an Honest Review

Pictures from Recipes

Ingredients for Gorgonzola Risotto w/ Portobello Mushrooms
Finished Recipe (I know it doesn't look as nice, but it still tasted good)

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