Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Skinny Italian by Teresa Giudice {Review + Giveaway}

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I love, love, love Skinny Italian.  Part guilty pleasure, part guidebook, and a lot of fun.  The Real Housewives of New Jersey is one of my favorite shows and you gotta love Teresa!  In her new book, Skinny Italian, Teresa Giudice teaches you how to eat the real Italian way.  That’s right--pizza as we know it and the deep fried fatty foods served up in many American-Italian restaurants are not the real deal.

I learned this valuable lesson when I visited the country and tried to order Chicken Parmesan.  No matter what region I was in, and even when I named all of the ingredients in Italian, the waiters all looked at me like I had two heads.  I should have known better, I’m Italian.  My grandma was born in Palermo but immigrated when she was very young.  Her famous spaghetti and meatballs may be one of the American concepts that Teresa refers to in the book, but they sure were to-die-for.

Teresa Giudice is a first-generation Italian-American.  If you’re familiar with the show, you know she’s got a kickin’ figure, and that’s another thing I noticed when I was in Italy.  The country is populated by so many beautiful, slim, fabulous women.  As Teresa explains, it’s all due to eating high quality, all-natural and unrefined foods.

inside Throughout the book, Teresa shares important tips and ideas as well as some of her favorite family recipes.  There are many gorgeous food and intimate family photographs (Teresa’s daughter Gia is the spitting image of her mother as can be seen by the photo of T as a young girl).  For all of us RHONJ lovers, there are little quips and stories here and there relating to the show, which is really great, and helps make it into a “cookbook” you’ll want to read cover to cover. 

Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! You’ll learn about the importance of extra-virgin olive oil and how to grow, store, and cook with herbs and spices.  You’ll master the art of Italian pronunciation, for example Teresa’s last name is pronounced JU-dee-Chay.  And perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn how to be fabulicious.  The book is written in Teresa-speak.  It’s tangible.  There are no fancy cooking terms or a long list of ingredients because Teresa is not a professional chef, she’s a mom just like us, who wants to feed her family the best way possible.  You will be able to recreate these recipes for your family.

But being a fellow Jersey girl, I’ve gotta be straight with you and ask: What the heck is “juicy Joe” eating? ;-)

Seriously, I love this book.  It’s…FABULOUS!  I’ll be buying another copy for my Ma.

GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader will receive a copy of Skinny Italian!
Mandatory Entry – Leave a comment below telling me why you have to win this cookbook, or who your favorite housewife is.
EXTRA ENTRIES:
-Follow this blog publicly via google friend connect.
-Subscribe to my blog posts by email, leave email address.
-Follow The Penny-Pinching Mama on twitter and tweet the following message (once per day-leave link):
#Win Skinny Italian, the must-have book for living la bella vita by RHONJ star Teresa Guidice  @pennypinchingma http://tinyurl.com/27s4g6h
-Add my button (at left) to your blog (leave link).
-Enter any and all other giveaways on this blog (tell me which ones).
No compensation was received for this post. I received a copy of the book in to facilitate my honest review. Contest is open to U.S. residents 18 and older and closes at Midnight EST on May 27th. The winner will be selected using Random.org. Please leave your email address either in your comment or make sure it is listed on your profile page so that I can reach you if you win. GOOD LUCK!

226 comments:

  1. I'd love this book because I love me some carbs...but need to not get fat LOL

    I wish I got tv so I could watch. I would watch if I did...so maybe it's a good thing I dont' have tv lol

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  4. I love Italian food and I need to know how to cook so that it won't go straight to my hips. I married into an Italian family and well they are all slender and love Italian food too.

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  5. I would love this cookbook. I do substitute cottage cheese for ricotta, but I would like to learn other things,too.
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  8. I need to win this cookbook because I love Italian food, my whole family does, but we need to start eating more healthfully!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  14. I think this would be a great book to have as I begin my health 'quest.'
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  18. I should win because I love love love Italian food - but I also love to be skinny!!!

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  19. my favorite housewife is caroline - she just reminds me so much of my aunts.

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  22. I have to win this, want to make the recipes! I love her on the show!

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  23. I'd love to win this because I adore cooking and eating, but my waistline isn't as cooperative as it used to be!

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  24. I like Caroline because she is old school italian. But Teresa is hilarious!

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  27. I have never won anything--that's one reason!
    Second reason--I collect cookbooks!
    And,now for the rest...
    -I love Teresa and her NJ family and friends! (hate hate Danielle!)
    -I am an Italian cook who just lost 115 pounds and need to keep it off!
    -I have an Italian hubby who was raised by his Italian mom that food is love....they then became his love handles!
    -I want to share it with my daughter--to help her keep with tradition while maintaining her health, her figure and her beauty!
    That's why I want to win!
    Thanks!
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  28. I really want this because My husband and I both love italian but could really lose a few pounds especially since heart problems run in my husbands family.

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  30. I'd love to win this because I am Italian and love Italian food. I am interested in what meals I can find that are healthier. My hubby is currently dieting and has lost over 23 lbs so I'd love to implement some of my fav food, but healthy enough for him to eat. Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  31. I need cookbooks that are 'skinny' oriented. Everyone is either on a diet or getting medical advice to mind what they eat.

    re fav housewife: I seriously sat here thinking ... I don't know anyone who fits that term, and then I realized you were referring to the show that I've never watched. so, honestly I don't have a fav

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  34. I would love to win this. I am working on cooking healthier meals. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I LOVE ITALIAN COOKING, BUT I ONLY KNOW HOW TO COOK SIMLPE MEALS

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  39. I'm always looking for a new cookbook and a newer, healthier way of eating.

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  43. I would love to win this cookbook because i love to cook!!!

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  48. As a pasta-holic, and someone who desperately needs to lose weight, this sounds like an excellent option! Thank you for this giveaway, and also for alerting me to this title! ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  49. My favorite housewife is my mother. And, I need this book in order to cook healthy meals that my overweight husband and son can accept and enjoy, yet still be cooking the all important Italian food.
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  52. I would love to win this cookbook, because I LOVE Italian food, but the only way I know how to make that is so not the skinny way!
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  62. I love love LOVE Italian cooking - would love to have a copy of this book!

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  64. I'd love to win this because she is a real mom and understands that we don't have all day to spend in the kitchen!!
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  72. I want to win this book because I love food.

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  74. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Italian food, it's sort of my weak spot. But holy carbs! This would be awesome to win - allow myself to indulge while still being smart!

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  75. Italian is my favorite food, and I am always looking for ways to make the food healthier.

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  77. I would like to win this because I love Italian food, but need to learn how to cook and eat healthier!

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  81. In the minority here but I like Danielle LOL

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  82. My favorite housewife is defiantly Bethany.
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  92. I have to have this book not only because I LOVE Theresa but I LOVE to cook!

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  96. S. Clark said... 17/05/10

    Saw you on the Wendy show today. Used to go with an Italian guy and love them and their food. Would really appreciate a copy of your book as I love to cook and who knows I might even find another Italian to try out the receipes!
    Thank you.
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  101. I love Italian and this might help me lose weight. Thanks.
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  102. Bethany is my favorite.
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  103. my favorite housewife is roseanne!

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  108. I want to win because I love italian but it isn't the healthiest. I would love a healthier option.

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  110. I want to win because I love Italian food, but I tend to put on weight. This book can teach me me a thing or two.

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  114. Of course my favorite housewife is Teresa! I am fascinated by her style, her home, her family, even her table-flipping antics! I would LOVE to own this book. Thank you!

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  116. I would love to win this book because I LOVE the housewives. Also, I am 100% Italian and still need to get Skinny after having my baby!

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