The cover of Everyday Italian says (and I quote) “125 Simple and Delicious Recipes.” Giada, with all due respect, you are a dirty rotten liar. There are indeed 133 recipes in Everyday Italian and I have cooked my way through just 21 of them.
Though I feel deceived, I’m actually way ahead of schedule. To make it through the last 112 recipes, I will have to average a little over two dishes per week. Totally doable, right?
But word to the wise- before starting a yearlong quest to cook your way through an entire book of Italian recipes there are several questions that should be addressed…
- In your general vicinity, just how many grocery stores, convenient stores, specialty grocers or any other foodstuff bearing locales are there?
- Just how much do you like pasta?
- Will family/friends/loved ones begin to despise you when you say, “no we can’t order Chinese tonight, I absolutely have to make Endive and Frisée Salad with Blood Oranges and Hazelnuts.”
- Is your freezer large enough to hold the leftovers that will eventually accumulate when cooking large Italian meals for a single person?
- Are you out of your fucking mind?
I apparently did not take these into consideration. But cooking (and blogging) my way out of cubicle ennui has been more often than not a complete delight. And as I close the first month of my own deranged project, I feel fantastic! So thank you for reading. Write you next month.