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The Chiappa Sisters Simply Italian At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart

The cook book is published NOW April 2014

Read more and see how to order from Amazon the best deal – At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart

The Chiappas watch Food Tube recipes on You Tube

Michela Chiappa Made in Italy: Top 10 Classic Dishes


Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian USA TV episode and recipe links

Watch the wonderful chef Giada De Laurentiis in her Everyday Italian series on Cooking channel TV.

Next episode: Roasting Show on Feb 8 at 2pm

A whole pork loin meal, with figs and port, roasted fennel with Parmesan cheese.


Read more and see a recipes for hazelnut pie.

Then: First time dinner party on Feb 9 at 8am

More amazing recipes, Linguine with chicken ragu. Endive and Frisee Salad with Blood Oranges and Hazelnuts, Italian egg soup and Macerated Berries with Sweet Mascarpone Cream.


Who is Glada de Laurentis? Read about Giada’s career and how she made it to a worldwide renown celebrity chef. Did you know Giada was born in Rome?

Season 8: click links for recipes and episode guide

Season 7:

  • Beach Party
  • Foods that refuel
  • Games night
  • Girl’s night in
  • Spicy comfort
  • Romantic dinner
  • Wedding shower
  • Personal Day
  • Meaty Italian meals
  • The lighter side of Italian
  • Meet and mingle
  • Light and healthy seafood dishes
  • Personal chef
  • Wine tasting party
  • Italian fast food
  • Everyday desserts
  • Easy weekend entertaining
  • Pasta potluck
  • Sinful vegetables
  • Stress free Italian

In the USA – Giada’s cookbooks – read more about Giada’s recipes…


USA Cookery store

In the UK –

In Canada –

Great  food……..

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas recipes and links – Monday December 17 BBC2 and BBC HD: 8.00 pm 

***   The Taste with Nigella Lawson UK CH4 9pm 7 Jan 2014

The inspired Italian Christmas by Nigella, in tonight’s Christmas special when she throws a Nigellissima buffet party inspired by Venice.

It is off to the magical city of Venice to soak up the atmosphere and gain inspiration for dishes for a Christmas party with her Italian twist. It is a hard life for Nigella!

The book Nigellissima is wonderful, read about Nigellissima  – reviews and book information.

Returning home she creates a tasty buffet, including a Venetian cocktail with canapes that include Parmesan shortbreads and panettone stuffing squares.

Recipes include a crisp radicchio  “Renaissance salad”, Nigella’s Italian take on the traditional roast bird is to use turkey breast stuffing made from Italian sausages and cranberries steeped in Marsala and desserts include a marshmallow cappuccino pavlova using espresso powder and a Christmas pudding cake adorned with chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.

Watch again Wed 19 Dec 11.20 pm BBC HD and Sat 22 Dec 3.00 pm BBC2.

Watch on BBC iPlayer.

Video recipes:

Previous Nigellissima episode guides:

Books and cookware:


Stanley Tucci This Morning The Tucci Cookbook Family, Friends and Food

As seen on This Morning ITV, Stanley Tucci the famous Hollywood actor with roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games and The Lovely Bones. Also, the foodie films of Big Night and Julie & Julia – and today the Emmy award-winning actor Stanley Tucci cooks up a wizz in the kitchen with his beef rolls.

Recipe for Beef Rolls by Stanley Tucci.

His new cook book by Stanley, Joan and Stan – a family affair, is called The Tucci Cookbook: Family, Friends and Food, click for reviews and offers.

As they say  “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.”

In this wonderful book, Stanley Tucci  presents just under 200 recipes and the wines are paired as well.

Recipes include:

  • Venetian Seafood Salad
  • Lasagna with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna
  • Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary
  • Roast Duck with Fresh Figs
  • Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust
  • Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes
  • buttery Plum and Polenta Cake
  • Timpano

Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen.

Cooking, eating and enjoying food is definitely a family affair!

Nigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: episode 4 recipes Mon 15 Oct 2012

Nigella LawsonNigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: 
Series 1 episode 4

Fourth programme, Monday 15 October 2012 at 8:30pm – 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD  8:30pm

***   The Taste with Nigella Lawson UK CH4 9pm 7 Jan 2014

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes

There are 6 episodes in this new inspiring series from Nigella, to-night the fourth episode includes the following recipes:

Nigella Lawson’s new book is Nigellissima  read reviews and book information and to purchase – offers on Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.

Watch the fourth episode of Nigellissima -link available at 9.00pm Monday.

Prepare the ingredients for the recipes in the fourth episode of Nigellissima.

Would you like the opportunity to meet Nigella? Nigella will be signing copies of her book at stores throughout the UK.

You can view the recipes at BBC2 Nigellissima recipes.

Download the free Nigellissima app, see the new Nigella Lawson app.

Video clips from the BBC:

Typical recipes: from the new cookbook – Nigellissima: Mail on Sunday 9 September 2012 Nigellissima supplement pt 1.  Part One and New Part Two preview links below:

For the Kindle, Nigellissima on Kindle.


Episode guides:

Books and cookware:

Next week the fifth program, Monday 22 October 2012 at 8:30pm – 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD  8:30pm.

Celebrate: Pippa Middleton free pull out in Mail on Sunday.

For cooks in the USA

For Cooks in Canada

Nigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: episode 2 Taste Mon 1 Oct 2012

Nigella LawsonNigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: Taste and Texture
Series 1 episode 2

Second programme, Monday 1 October 2012 at 8:30pm – 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD  8:30pm

There are 6 episodes in this new inspiring series from Nigella and the second episode recipes include Italian roast chicken, served with a saffron orzotto, and coffee ice cream.

Nigella explains how she finds Italy both her ‘cuisine’ and ‘spiritual’ home. In the sense that bold flavours from Italy can be given the Nigella treatment. “Flavour in technicolor” – to quote Nigella.

Watch the second episode here and learn to use local ingredients to capture Italian textures and flavours.

Nigella Lawson’s new book is Nigellissima  read reviews and book information
and to purchase – offers on Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.

Would you like the opportunity to meet Nigella? Nigella will be signing copies of her book at stores throughout the UK.

Recipes this episode of Nigellissima:

View the recipes at BBC2 Nigellissima recipes.

Download the free Nigellissima app, see the new Nigella Lawson app.

Typical recipes from the new cookbook, Nigellissima, links to Daily Mail Nigella Lawson site:

For the Kindle, Nigellissima on Kindle.

See recipes from the Nigellissima Mail on Sunday You magazine –  Nigella’s recipes in the Mail in Sunday Nigellissima supplement.

Our Nigella cook ware and living kitchen guide.

Jamie Oliver Jamie’s 15-minute meals recipes – What is in the book?

Jamie’s 15-minute meals: Delicious, Nutritious, Super-Fast Food 
by Jamie Oliver

The New TV series has now started get up to date with the recipes and videos at Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver watch tv episodes 1 – 40 recipes full guide updated.

Jamie’s new cookbook has been published and accompanies a new series on Channel 4. It will no doubt be very popular and head to the top of the book sales lists. Additional reviews of Jamie’s new cook book are avaviable at Jamies 15 minute meals and an information and book page at Jamie Oliver information and cook books

So what is in the new book?

A fine set of recipes, based on the unlikely concept that we can prepare meals in 15 minutes. It is all a bit rushed, but it is possible.

In the new cookbook,  Jamie has limited photos of each recipe and a short guide to each recipe to ensure extra fast cooking.

An introduction outlines the 15-minute philosophy – how Jamie set about creating the concept. The average cost and average price of each meal. Based on what we need to eat at each meal, getting the balance just right in terms of carbs, protein and fat.

  • How to serve food, what dishes, plates, platters etc.
  • How to cook food, its preparation and the equipment required.
  • The set up in the kitchen and the concept of a pantry, new for some.

Then to the recipes, based on the basics:

  • meats
  • chicken
  • beef
  • pork
  • lamb
  • fish
  • pasta
  • soups and sandwiches
  • vegetarian options

Recipes include:

  • chicken salad
  • chicken fajitas
  • Greek chicken
  • crispy duck
  • chilli con carne meatballs
  • beef Stroganoff
  • Cajun steak
  • pork tacos
  • lamb Kofte
  • griddled tuna
  • fish stew
  • sausage fusilli
  • mushroom farfalle
  • salad and crunchy noodles

Note many UK links now not functioning, the recipe links are here, also see NZ, Aus, Asia and Ca links below:

Save with Jamie recipes in the Sun New!

Watch again + find recipe links and ingredients:

+ Jamie Oliver TV series

Save with Jamie’s Money Saving Meals + recipes

A compete section on breakfast that include avocado in four ways, wonderful toasties, granola and fruit salads. Some amazing smoothies.

Each recipe is broken down into calories, fat, sugar and saturated fat.

Good to see Jamie getting into the detail of calories allowing us to keep track of how much we eat. In fact this is a good diet cook book.

Read about the new book at Jamie Oliver’s website.

See recipes from the new book on YouTube: as cooked by other folks….

Watch  a video of Jamie dancing and singing – and introduces his new cookbook.

New recipes at Jamie’s Facebook page.

No need to worry about sales, this will – as always – be a best seller for Jamie. He is a good guy, works hard and I think you will find the cook book an welcome addition to your kitchen library.

Details of Jamie’s restaurants and Jamie’s Italian.

To buy the new book, in the UK you can see Jamie Oliver 15 minute meals new cook book offers below…

In the USA Jamie’s new book is published September 27, 2012 see details:

Jamie’s next book:

Save with Jamie shop smart cook clever waste less cookbook TV recipes


Nigella Lawson Nigellissima Mail on Sunday part II recipe supplement 15 Sept 2012

Nigella Lawson: Nigellissima NEW cookbook and TV series BBC2.

A free recipe special with Mail on Sunday 16 September 2012 Nigellissima supplement pt 2.  Last Sunday for Part One and a preview of Nigellissima Part Two preview.

Direct links no longer available, recipes here.

NEW Nigella’s Italian Christmas fabulous festive recipes You magazine 25 Nov 2012

Part One of a exclusive set of 12 recipes from Nigella Lawson’s new book Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration, free with the Mail on Sunday 9 Sept 2012.

TV series begins BBC2 8.30 on Monday 24 September 2012.

See blog with guide to the new cook book and recipes at Nigella’s new book – Nigellissima instant italian inspiration recipes.

Yes a fine supplement with intriguing recipes – as only Nigella can!

Recipes include:

  • Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil
  • Pasta with mackerel, Marsala and pine nuts
  • Instant chocolate orange mousse
  • One step no-churn coffee ice cream
  • Italian traybake
  • Italian breakfast banana bread

The new cook book is now available :

Nigella Lawson – Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen – BBC2 7. 30 20th Dec 2011

Nigella Lawson – New Series of Nigella Kitchen starts Food Network UK Nov 2011

Shopping for celebrity chefs..

Nigellissima Instant Italian Inspiration recipes

Nigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration
Nigella Lawson – the new slimmer Nigella!

She is back….oh yes… it is going to be a big hit – Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration and recipes.

The first episode of the new TV show airs Monday 24 September 8.30 BBC2.

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes

Nigella seeks out the essence of Italian cooking and brings the essential simplicity of her own cooking style to the kitchen. Nigella has lived and worked in the fabulous city of Florence and so has sampled Italy at its best. With the ingredients we can now purchase in the local supermarket we can recreate some authentic and wonderful Italian dishes. See reviews of the new cook book and book offers for Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.

And in her style of providing quick and easy meals – Nigella applies her touch to a number of appetising recipes.

Italy is perhaps where Nigella learned about real food and taste….

Nigella says “I wanted to make a series of my sort of Italian food, inspired by the ethos and the ingredients but fused with the way we live our lives, here, in the UK. I care about ease and accessibility, but I care most about passion and taste and it is these crucial Italian factors, I want to bring to the table and the television!”

NEW: Nigella Lawson: Nigellissima free recipe special with Mail on Sunday 9 September 2012 Nigellissima supplement pt 1. See Part One and due Sunday New Part Two preview.

An exclusive set of 12 recipes from Nigella Lawson’s new book Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration

Buy her new book from Amazon UK post free.. published 13 September 2012.

Kindle USA version available Sept 13 2012


Nigella is back with the ultimate in Italian cooking. The real ethos of Italian cooking brings the spirit of Italy into the kitchen. Fresh food, with real value and delicious flavor – only as Nigella can. See lamb cutlets with chilli and black olives from Nigella Express.

Video introduction to Nigellisima. TV video shoot for new Nigella Mail on Sunday promotion.

Nigellissima has 100 recipes

  • telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto
  • crustless meatzza
  • Sardinian couscous
  • Venetian stew
  • penne
  • papardelle
  • ragù
  • risotto
  • Italian apple pie
  • panna cotta
  • sambuca kisses

Also in the new book is an Italian Christmas that reaches everyone with pure Italian emotion. Remember that the new best selling cookbook Nigellissima is accompanied by a major new BBC TV series due Monday 24 September 2012.

Previous Nigella Lawson cooking blogs…

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Gino D’Acampo – Italian Home Baking and Chris Moyles

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Gino D’Acampo – Italian Home Baking: 100 Irresistible recipes for Bread, Biscuits, Cakes, Pizza, Pasta and Party Food.

Gino’s new book guides us through Italy and explores the wonders of Italian home baking – savoury and sweet. He explains the wide variety of oils and flours that make Italian baking so good.

Gino D’Acampo is a popular chef on TV shows including Daily Cooks, Good Food Live, Ready Steady Cook. In 2009 he became King of the Jungle in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Gino is the author of Gino’s Pasta, The I Diet, Fantastico! and Buonissimo! He is also a leading supplier of Italian ingredients to the UK. www.ginodacampo.com

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Kyle Books (27 Oct 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1856269787
ISBN-13: 978-1856269780

Gino on the Chris Moyles show – hilarious – you have been warned…..not for kids…

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