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Mar 11, 2007 06:46 PM

babbo or everyday italian?

Looking to buy an italian cookbook and both are on sale. Which one should I get? Babbo by Mario Batali or Everyday Italina by Giada di Laurentis? Please don't tempt me by saying both :-P

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  1. I don't know anything about Everyday Italian, but I have the Babbo cookbook, and it is definitely a "restaurant" cookbook -- the recipes are on the tricky and involved side, and there are a few that I just haven't been able to get work. It has a great recipe for a plain red sauce though.

    1. The Silver Spoon is my all time fav. Its a bit of an investment but an amazing resource

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      1. re: coastie

        I agree. The Silver Spoon is my Bible in the kitchen. Very straightforward; a good variety of flavors. You can get it at Costco right now, for about half the normal price, I think.

        1. re: don giovanni

          I like The Silver Spoon - but I've had trouble, as a relatively experienced cook, with some of the recipes - I don't think the instructions are particularly comprehensive. That said, I'm glad I have it and I do use it.

          1. re: MMRuth

            And this is why I didn't like The Silver Spoon at all -- the instructions aren't particularly good, and it's just not laid out in an engaging way for me. I bought it and sold it to a used bookstore, because I realized it just wasn't the kind of cookbook that I would turn to. If the OP is looking for a good all around Italian cookbook, I'd go with Marcella Hazan (and I find her cookbooks in used bookstores all the time).

            1. re: JasmineG

              I agree about Marcella - I have a number of Italian cookbooks, and would not want the Silver Spoon to be the only one. That said, I have made some wonderful things from it.

            2. re: MMRuth

              Good point. It is pretty concise. But I still love it ;)

        2. If you want a Mario cookbook, My Two Villages is a great one. I find Babbo intimidating, and I love to cook!

          1. I agree with AnnaEA that Babbo is a restaurant cookbook. There are many components to most dishes and each component is essentially another recipe. However - the results are delicious! I love Everyday Italian. It is my go-to cookbook for everyday meals. Simple and delicious.

            1. Everday italian is just that-an everyday cook book. Simple, straightforward recipes that always work. Babbo is more of a food porn book for me...Not that that's a bad thing! They just have different places on the bookshelf.