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5 Things You May Not Know About Giada De Laurentiis

Over the weekend I attended the Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival. There were tastings, book signings, parties, and chef's demonstrations. One of my favorite demos was hosted by the lovely Giada De Laurentiis. The petite and gorgeous chef, who made smashed potatoes, pork chops agrodolce, and chocolate cookies, invited audience members to the stage and candidly answered plenty of questions. You may know that she's the mother of 2-year-old Jade and that she pronounces words like mozzarella with a distinct Italian accent, but during the demo I learned a couple of things I never knew about Giada. Find out what they are after the break!

  1. Her show, Giada at Home, is shot on a set. But, she claims that the house (in Malibu, CA) they film in is very similar to her own home. She even has the same beautiful ocean view!
  2. She was born into a culinary family. Her grandfather owned a pasta factory in Naples before World War II. It was lost during the war, but in the '80s, after moving to America, he opened two gourmet Italian shops, one in LA and the other in New York.
  3. She doesn't plan on having more children. Although she acknowledged that "you don't really know what it's like to have kids until you have one of your own," De Laurentiis is focusing on her career, "I have so many babies: the show, Todd, and Jade."
  4. Her next cookbook is about time. The chef, who has never before focused on a 30-minute-meals style of cooking, is currently working on a quick cookbook. "Since having Jade, things have gotten faster. Most of the recipes in the new book can be made in under an hour. But, they will still deliver on flavor."
  5. Her favorite item in her cookware line for Target is the mezzaluna knife. If you were to buy just one piece, she recommends that one!
atomicspin atomicspin 6 years
I usually watch the show with the sound off because of that awesome rack she always flaunts. You mean, she can cook too??
Cocoangel Cocoangel 7 years
I saw her at an event in Kansas City last year and was also surprised to learn she hates green peppers. Plus when she was asked what cookbooks she would want if she was stranded on an island -- excluding her own, of course -- she said any of Ina Garten's cookbooks.
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 7 years
The only ignorant comments so far are those criticizing the way she pronounces actual ITALIAN words like mozzarella, prosciutto, and bruschetta. The majority of people in the U.S. flagrantly mispronounce these words, and THAT is what is truly annoying.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
She IS Italian, but she definitely doesn't say mozzarella with an accent I've ever heard out of any Italian's mouth (and I know more off-the-boat Italians than you can shake a stick at). Distinctly freaking annoying, that's what that is.
She's saying them with an accent b/c they are Italian words.. I have Italian friends who do the same thing. Love Giada!!!!!!!!! :)
zeze zeze 7 years
Even if she speaks fluent English, it doesn't mean the way she pronounces things is fake. If she speaks fluent Italian (as opposed to just being "Italian") then the way she says the words is how she knows them. I'm fluent in 2 languages and some words from the language are "americanized" but because I am fluent in that language I pronouncer the non-americanized version because the americanized version sounds foreign to me, as if I was imitating someone who isn't a native speaker. I am sure it sounds weird and forced to people who only hear me speak English, but in actuality it would be the opposite.
cfmartin1216 cfmartin1216 7 years
I agree, the way she pronounces certain things drives me crazy. It's like you speak with an American accent any other time, but OH you have to say "Moozarehla!" i love her though. it's a love/hate thing with us.
Abbigail Abbigail 7 years
Did anyone tell her that her faux Italian accent is uber annoying? Please someone tell her that.
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