Fabio's 30-Minute Italian - Review, recipe and giveaway

Fabio's 30-Minute Italian: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick, and Easy Recipes by Fabio Viviani proves that 30-minute meals can be delicious and packed with flavor. The adorable Top Chef favorite (at least he's my favorite) has written three prior cookbooks Cafe Firenze, Fabio's Italian Kitchen and Fabio's American Kitchen (of course all on my bookshelf).

Here in his new title, he delivers recipes for family dinners that can be created in roughly thirty minutes. The chef is now a family man - married and with a child - thus he wanted to focus on meals for busy working parents.

Beef Pizzaiola with Burrata and Peppers, Cremini and Shiitake Roasted Mushroom Bisque with Rosemary "Chips" and White Chocolate Soufflés with Milk Chocolate Sauce are a few options for quick dinners and desserts. Fabio also offers recipes for making your own pasta (including a gluten-free recipe) that can be made in the 30-minute time frame as well as a section on basics such as herbed butters, vinaigrettes and more.

I made the Oven-Fried Chicken with Balsamic Chile Ketchup (didn't make the ketchup this time) which was a breeze to throw together and everyone loved it. Besides being healthy - it was big on flavor. There are so many tempting approachable dishes in this title - it should be come a go-to book for weeknight dinner. 

Special thanks to St. Martin's Press for sharing the recipe below (which I may doctor up to use any leftover chicken) and for offering five copies of this book to our US members in our giveaway below. 

 

Garlic and Honey-Marinated Avocado, Mango  and Roasted Chicken Salad

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Serves 4

10 minutes prep time
20 minutes cooking time

Here's something really nice to do with leftover chicken or turkey, but if you don't have it on hand-and don't feel like roasting a chicken to create "leftovers"-buy a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. The salad is also good with leftover pork. Here I make enough for four for lunch or a light supper, but if you want to feed larger numbers, double or triple the recipe. It's easy and so good with a grilling menu. I love mayo, but it's overused, especially in the summer, and so here I rely on avocados for silky smoothness.

¼ cup honey
2 cloves garlic, grated 
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into large cubes
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ cup baby kale
½ cup baby spinach
½ cup mixed greens
½ cup olive oil
1 cup shredded roasted chicken*
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1 large orange, pith removed, divided in segments
1 shallot, thinly sliced
 Salt and pepper


Toss the honey, garlic and avocados together to coat the avocado.

Combine the lime juice, kale, spinach, mixed greens, olive oil, chicken, mango, orange and shallot in a large bowl until dressed. When dressed, add marinated avocado, season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss until just combined

*As a side note, you can use leftover turkey, game hen, or pork with this recipe for a fast and easy substitution.

From FABIO'S 30-MINUTE ITALIAN by Fabio Viviani. Copyright © 2017 by the author and reprinted with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

The publisher, St. Martin's Press, is offering five copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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56 Comments

  • hirsheys  on  8/24/2017 at 10:29 PM

    risotto style orzo with marinated shrimp looks delicious!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  8/24/2017 at 10:39 PM

    Roasted Garden Vegetables with Tangy Lemon Breadcrumbs!

  • heyjude  on  8/24/2017 at 11:42 PM

    Ricotta and Sausage-stuffed Tomatoes

  • Siegal  on  8/25/2017 at 7:22 AM

    I want to make the grilled calamari and warm spinach salad

  • lgroom  on  8/25/2017 at 7:46 AM

    Cream of potato soup with rosemary and caramelized shallots.

  • kmn4  on  8/25/2017 at 8:31 AM

    Braised pork, sweet date and kale stew

  • sgump  on  8/25/2017 at 10:57 AM

    Well, that Garlic and Honey-Marinated Avocado, Mango and Roasted Chicken Salad looks divine (though I'd likely reduce the honey to just a tablespoon or two . . . and of course I'd also reduce the olive oil, even though I know that will throw the vinaigrette proportions out of whack).

  • ravensfan  on  8/25/2017 at 11:09 AM

    Roma tomato and basil soup with rosemary focaccia croutons

  • motherofpearl81  on  8/25/2017 at 11:30 AM

    Grilled calamari and warm spinach salad with orange segments

  • lpatterson412  on  8/25/2017 at 12:51 PM

    I would love to try the almond fried chicken!

  • ktwalla  on  8/25/2017 at 2:21 PM

    Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

  • lauriesk  on  8/25/2017 at 3:54 PM

    The first recipe I would try is Four-mushroom risotto with parsley salad and sun-dried tomatoes.

  • Shelley.b  on  8/25/2017 at 7:00 PM

    Garlic roasted ricotta herb marinated shrimp tart

  • paintin4ever  on  8/26/2017 at 8:52 AM

    Roasted cauliflower gratin with Montasio cheese, pine nuts and bread. We can not get enough of roasted cauliflower!

  • Ziggy7  on  8/26/2017 at 2:34 PM

    roasted garden vegetables

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  8/26/2017 at 8:52 PM

    The fried summer squash blossoms would be amazing to try.

  • LaurenE  on  8/27/2017 at 4:56 PM

    Cream of potato soup with rosemary and caramelized shallots

  • lean1  on  8/28/2017 at 12:10 PM

    Baked gruyere grana padano and onion tart would be my first choice

  • Katiefayhutson  on  8/28/2017 at 2:18 PM

    Frittata with prosciutto di Parma, sausage, red onions, and butter shallots

  • RSW  on  8/29/2017 at 6:17 AM

    Melon, blood orange and prosciutto di San Daniele salad with pecorino dressing

  • sarahawker  on  8/30/2017 at 9:10 AM

    Braised pork, sweet date and kale stew

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  8/30/2017 at 2:01 PM

    Baked gruyere grana padano and onion tart sounds tasty but so did a lot of these recipes. Thanks for the contest!

  • matag  on  8/30/2017 at 10:23 PM

    Butter lettuce salad with grilled peaches, shaved red onion, burrata, speck and sherry vinaigrette

  • love2chow  on  8/31/2017 at 1:57 PM

    Frittata with prosciutto di Parma, sausage, red onions and butter shallots

  • monasli  on  9/1/2017 at 6:13 PM

    Roasted broccoli soup

  • Suzw  on  9/1/2017 at 8:13 PM

    Roasted broccoli soup with crispy pancetta and Grana Padano

  • t.t  on  9/2/2017 at 1:35 AM

    Fettuccine with salmon, dill and zucchini ribbons

  • LizyB  on  9/2/2017 at 6:26 AM

    Peaches and prosciutto di Parma puff pastry tarts -- just got gorgeous peaches from the farmers' market!

  • starrie143  on  9/2/2017 at 6:55 AM

    Baked Gruyere, Grana Padano and caramelized onion tart

  • Lynled  on  9/2/2017 at 7:49 AM

    15 minute seafood cioppino sounds perfect!

  • schusterkc2  on  9/2/2017 at 8:14 AM

    The best quick fried chicken!! :)

  • dusksunset  on  9/2/2017 at 9:29 AM

    Roasted garlic, ricotta and herb-marinated shrimp tarts

  • RickPearson54  on  9/2/2017 at 3:15 PM

    15 minute seafood cioppino

  • mpdeb98  on  9/2/2017 at 6:27 PM

    Three-pepper chicken with roasted carrots and cauliflower

  • NancyLynn  on  9/2/2017 at 7:48 PM

    Grilled shrimp with orange sauce

  • sequoia55  on  9/3/2017 at 12:59 AM

    Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

  • sequoia55  on  9/3/2017 at 1:05 AM

  • AnnaZed  on  9/3/2017 at 5:24 PM

    Roasted garlic, ricotta and herb-marinated shrimp tarts (page 7)

  • soffner  on  9/4/2017 at 11:15 AM

    Roasted garden vegetables with tangy lemon breadcrumbs

  • Loratora  on  9/4/2017 at 3:34 PM

    Grilled calamari and warm spinach salad for me!

  • rychepet  on  9/5/2017 at 3:41 AM

    Melon, blood orange and prosciutto di San Daniele salad with pecorino dressing

  • Jennifer7  on  9/5/2017 at 11:22 AM

    So many to choose from. First would be the roasted cauliflower with Montasio cheese and would have to try the almond fried chicken

  • BMeyer  on  9/6/2017 at 7:55 AM

    peaches and prosciutto in pastry tarts

  • Karla123  on  9/6/2017 at 6:33 PM

    Roasted garden vegetables with tangy lemon breadcrumbs sounds light and refreshing.

  • davisesq212  on  9/6/2017 at 8:30 PM

    I would try the Crispy pancetta, sweet peas and pecorino risotto because I LOVE risotto.

  • JenJoLa  on  9/7/2017 at 9:54 AM

    Pistachio and pine nut-encrusted pan-roasted trout with white balsamic butter sauce

  • bstewart  on  9/8/2017 at 5:58 PM

    The poor man's carbonara!

  • choppergirl  on  9/8/2017 at 7:28 PM

    Italian sweet sausage with charred serrano pepper potato salad

  • fiarose  on  9/8/2017 at 9:50 PM

    mmm, 15-minute seafood cioppino--i can never resist anything squid!

  • PennyG  on  9/9/2017 at 2:23 PM

    The Best Quick Fried Chicken!

  • skipeterson  on  9/11/2017 at 4:03 PM

    Roasted broccoli soup with crispy pancetta and Grana Padano

  • kitchenclimbers  on  9/14/2017 at 11:13 AM

    Ricotta and Sausage-stuffed Tomatoes

  • ladybrooke  on  9/15/2017 at 4:28 PM

    Baked Gruyere, Grana Padano and caramelized onion tart sounds awesome.

  • Julia  on  9/17/2017 at 8:38 PM

    Braised Pork, Sweet Date and Kale Stew.

  • verorenee  on  9/20/2017 at 10:09 PM

    Linguine with white wine

  • Scotsman61  on  9/27/2017 at 1:00 AM

    Roasted cauliflower gratin with Montasio cheese, pine nuts and bread

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