REVIEW – Guy Fieri Food: Cookin It, Livin It, Lovin It

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  • Author: Guy Fieri, with Ann Volkwein
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061894559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061894558
  • Suggested retail $29.99


As his millions of fans can attest, Guy Fieri’s food is all about big flavor and big fun. With two bestsellers under his belt, Guy is now showcasing his own personal recipes in GUY FIERI FOOD: Cookin It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It (William Morrow Cookbooks; ISBN 9780061894558; $29.99). Guy doesn’t disappoint, serving up a huge helping of “off the hook” dishes, and much more! Filled with more than 150 original recipes along with taste-bud teasing color photos and original illustrations by Guy’s tattoo artist, nationally renown Joe Leonard, Guy’s personality jumps off the page in this larger-than-life cookbook.

Demonstrating his culinary chops, Guy offers step-by-step instructions, or “Guy’ds” that provide fundamental skills to the home cook from rolling egg rolls and making pizza, to properly parting a chicken. Guy also entertains with stories about his culinary inspiration and reveals his kitchen essentials like pantry items, tools and equipment. Going beyond typical cookbook fare, Guy dishes about his upbringing, behind the scenes stories from years of shooting for Food Network, and his personal mission to get kids in the kitchen.

GUY FIERI FOOD bursts with hilarious stories from Guy’s path to culinary stardom, starting with his colorful childhood in Northern California (where he financed a trip to France as a kid with his own pretzel cart), moving into his adventures as a young restaurateur, and recounting his more recent Food Network experiences. Guy’s parents also contribute their own first-hand account of raising the boy who would take the food world by storm.


I received an advance copy of this cookbook. Chapters include Introduction, Guy’s Kitchen, Appe-tapas, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta, Poultry, Pork, Beef & Lamb, Seafood, Vegetables & Sides, For Kids, Sauces Rubs & Marinades, Drinks, and Dessert. I particularly enjoyed the Introduction, it shows a lot of insight into who Guy is and where he came from. From Guy’s Kitchen made me giggle a bit because he’s got EVERYTHING! Recipes in the cookbook are clearly written and easy to understand. Many of the recipes are accompanied by a picture of how to photos. The meat chapters contain photos of different cuts of meat, which I found interesting. The vegetables chapter contains pages upon pages of information on many different vegetables as well as recipes. Recipes that I am looking forward to trying include Rojo Onion Rings, Grilled Chicken Tortellini Soup, Texas Hold’em, Pizza Dough, Braised Pork Ribs and Italian Sausage, Bring It On Beef Brisket, Double Fried French Fries, and Fried Cheese. One of my favorite things about this cookbook is that it is loaded with pictures, graphics and color. This cookbook would make a great addition to any library and would be appreciated by any cook, as well as anyone interested in Guy’s cooking.

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About the Author

I’m a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I’m a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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