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Who Has the Best Italian Cooking Show?

Yesterday Giada De Laurentiis was on the cover of the New York Post magazine. The article discusses her life as a new mother and her role as one of the industry's sexiest chefs. Giada refuses to describe her cooking style as a form of porn, but admits that her show is different:

The way we shot close-ups, I just wanted the food to look beautiful. I thought that's what Americans loved about Italy — that it is so sensual and romantic. It's not PBS-style cooking. Lidia Bastianich, sorry, but she's kind of boring. I mean, I love Lidia, but you can fall asleep watching her. And Mario Batali? I love Mario to death...but he's not romantic or sensual. Those are the things I bring to the table.

I find it hard to believe that Giada would so quickly put down her peers and am curious to see what you think of the matter. Do you agree with Giada? Are Mario and Lidia boring? Which celebrity chef has the best Italian cooking show?


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wunami wunami 7 years
Mario is not boring. Also, I agree with whoever was talking about her judging on Next Food Network Star. Seriously, she wouldn't have made it on to FN if she had to go through that show. Maybe she's using her own experience to figure out who could make it and who couldn't, but she should recognize how hard it is for them since she probably knows more than any other FN star how hard it can be at first.
dioraddict dioraddict 8 years
She brings "romance and sensuality" to the table?! Umm, I just want to learn new recipes, not new sex positions. I used to like her, but after reading her slam Mario and Lidia, she seems kinda off-putting.
beautyintern beautyintern 8 years
ok here's the thing: 1. Mario is obviously the better Italian show, he cooks authentic Italian food that hasn't been Americanized (like Giada), he brings the warmth and energy of an Italian kitchen (he always has friends there to taste and participate) and he is known for his Italian cooking. One downside to Mario is that although he is cooking authentic delicious Italian food, it's not realistic for everyday people to go home and make a wild boar stuffed with imported cheese and drizzled with truffle oil. ya know?! 2. Lidia is NOT EVEN ITALIAN!! I worked for her years ago at one of her restaurants in NY. She is form Croatia or Istria she is not Italian and her show is boring! You can see her subtle bitchiness when she has people on the show. But man do the old ladies love her. You do have to give her props for doing a show on PBS out of her home that she doesn't get paid for as PBS is some non-profit situation. 3. Giada is doing the only thing that she could do to make it in the food tv world. She realized that she was hotter than Rachel Ray so she said ok this is all I have going for me. My name is Italian, I'm hot, I know how to cook pretty well, so I guess I'll make an Italian cooking show and sex it up a bit for some male viewers and there you have it. Americanized Italian because she is like third-generation Italian. ok sorry Im done!
Audrey1974 Audrey1974 8 years
Knowing her, this is taken out of context. I think Mario's recipes are more flavorful than hers...
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I love watching Lidia, it reminds me of having my grandma teach me how to cook something. Mario I really like too. Not romantic, but I get that from my husband not a cooking show. I don't like Giada at all. Well I don't really trust skinny cooks anyway. She's just sex appeal nothing else.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
atomicspin - hilarious. :rotfl:
atomicspin atomicspin 8 years
Well, if I was picking a show based solely on breasts, I'd have to go with Mario.
roxyb roxyb 8 years
Mario, hands down...I can't believe that people would vote for Giada over Mario?! Amazing.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I thought it was rude of Giada, too. To me, she comes across as conceited and overly self-impressed. Yes, I think she's beautiful, but she seems ugly on the inside. Truthfully, I sensed this about her when I was watching her show. That's why I became disinterested, and put-off by her.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
hmmm...see this is one of the things that i don't like about giada - she doesn't necessarily mean to put down other chefs but she's kind of doing that - and i don't think that it's in the spirit of things. i don't know. i guess though that she still is one of my favorites - her foods always look really good and i think that most of her recipes are easy to replicate for the common person.
shalee55 shalee55 8 years
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Flyingroo said it. :)
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
I've never liked her, or her cooking. This just reaffirms my feelings about her. How bitchy!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
i really like giada! of all the shows on the food network i always will look at her recipes first and use them. her, sandra lee, ellie krieger and michael chiarelli. they all cook great easy food. sometime's i'll go for the barefoot contessa too.
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
Deen* hehe
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
Giada drives me nuts! I am sorry I have tried multiple times to watch her show I have nothing against her recipes or anything but she comes off as so fake to me I just cannot bring myself to watch a whole episode, I inevitably flip the channel! Also, I really detest public arrogance such as the above interview shows Paula Dean would never do such a thing! :P
skiwi skiwi 8 years
Whatever happened to "David Rocco's La Dolce Vita"?? I loved that show, truly Italian cuisine.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I love all three!!!
godeats godeats 8 years
Giada has no substance--and she uses short cut cooking techniques. Mario and Lidia are more technical and authentic and I like that. Giada's a perky puppet cooking blase Italian for middle class housewives. She may not want to qualify the camera work used on her food as porn, but the super lowcut tops she wears don't exactly lend themselves to her (or her food) being taken seriously. Just tellin' it like it is.
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
I love Mario - his food is aspirational and he has such amazing knowledge of the country and cuisine. Giada is for beginners, which is great if you're learning to assemble basic meals, but as a demonstration as skill goes, it's all about Mario. (I know of Lidia, but I've never watched her show... can't really comment on that.)
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Although, I do watch Lidia and her recipes are fairly easy to follow she is quite boring. I've always liked Giada and her recipes are so easy, light and delicious.
yvettecq yvettecq 8 years
i miss nick stellino! have several of his cookbooks and everything that i've made has not disappointed. i've always been on th fence w/giada and now that she has dissed lidia, i'm not really caring for her.
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