Friday, August 30, 2013

Giada De Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure: Naples!

She can write fiction, too!?!

I was lucky enough to get a copy of Giada's new book at ALA 2013...but unlucky enough to be too far back in the line, and she had to leave before I could get it signed (wah wah...).  And so!  The first in Giada's new middle-grade series!

Recipe for Adventure: Naples! is a fun story about Alfie (short for Alfredo), his sister Emilia, and their great-aunt, Zia Donatella.  With a bite of magic zeppole, Alfie and Emilia are transported to Naples, where they become friends with a boy named Marco.  Marco's got to find all the best ingredients, so his family can win the annual pizza festival- but someone from another restaurant is following them!

This was such a cute story!  It kind of reminded me of Magic Tree House...but with food.  Which makes it a bit better, in my opinion :-)  It's a good intro to the Italian language- the characters insert Italian phrases throughout the book.  Sometimes there are explanations, sometimes you just have to take it in context, but either way, it's helping kids learn.  On top of learning new languages, the reader learns some of the finer points of cooking and ingredient selection.  And if you read this without becoming hungry...I don't know what to say.  As soon as I closed it I told my husband I wanted to make pizza...real pizza.  Luckily, the book also comes with two recipe cards: one for Zeppole, and one for Tomato-Basil Pizza.

I look forward to forthcoming books in the series (Paris is next, I believe!)  It's fun and educational, and this one focused on the importance of family.  Good for both boys and girls, especially ones interested in travel and/or cooking!

Giada De Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure: Naples! is published by Grosset & Dunlap (an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)  Bound Galley received at ALA 2013.
Release Date: 09.03.2013


  1. How long did you wait in line to get your copy of that book?

    1. I was in line for about 10 minutes before the publicist (I think) came around with a box of books and handed them out while apologizing that she had to leave. To be fair, I wasn't very aggressive and was at the very end of the line...there were maybe 5 people behind me.