Pasta doesn't make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.— Giada De Laurentiis
The most unusual Giada De Laurentiis quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
My grandfather's family used to own a pasta factory in Naples and they would go door-to-door selling their pasta. So his love of food came from his parents, which was then passed down to my mother and then again to me.
I made lemon spaghetti in an early season of 'Everyday Italian,' and to this day people still come up to me and say they love it. It's very, very simple. Basically, you cook the pasta and mix together Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and pour it over the pasta.
My goal is to make Italian food clean and accessible and beautiful and tasty, with simple ingredients that people can find at a local grocery store, because people don't want to go to a gourmet shop in search of items that will sit in their pantry for years after they use just a teaspoon or pinch of them.
I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything.
Everything in moderation. I know that's really hard for people to understand, but I grew up in an Italian family where we didn't overdo anything. We ate pasta, yes, but not a lot of it.
Food was always a big part of my life.
My grandfather was one of 14 kids, and his parents had a pasta factory, so as a kid, he and his siblings would sell pasta door to door. After he became a movie producer, he opened up De Laurentiis Food Stores - one in Los Angeles and one in New York.
I grew up in the kitchen, mostly with my grandfather, my mother and my aunt Raffy.
When I was a kid, for my birthday every year, my mother made me pasta bechamel, which is rigatoni with a white cream sauce.
My grandfather gave me inspiration to cook, and love food and flavors.
My Aunt Raffie, gave me creativity and the inspiration to create new things. My mother inspires me to find simplicity in food.
I want my daughter to see a strong woman who goes after what she wants.
For a healthy alternative to buffalo wings, slide the bone of a human finger into a block of tofu and bake.
I have been blessed with a good, fun, and wonderful life, but I've also seen a whole lot of pain.
It helps immerse yourself in what you potentially want to do.
Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too.
As long as you're eating well and moving your body every day, age is just a state of mind
I'm comfortable in my own skin. I know I'm not going to ever be Cindy Crawford or Elle MacPherson.
I wasn't looking to get into TV. My family was in the movie business, so I was never interested in that world.
My mother and I, our favorite part of any baked pasta is the top, where the cheese gets crusty.
The summer before I went to culinary school, my family wanted me to take a job on a movie to make sure that I was making the right decision. I think they hoped I would change my mind about culinary school.
Don't expect too much from yourself. What I like to do when I have a day off is make various cookie doughs and freeze them. Then I always have that on hand if I need it.
I always say to people that working full time and being a mom is probably the hardest job, because as a mom you think about your child 24/7.
All men want to be treated like kings in a relationship, and I think if women don't indulge that sometimes, their men are likely to stray and look for someone who can give that to them.
Attitudes toward food have completely changed.
Stock up your pantry and your freezer with things that aren't perishable: Your favorite jar of tomato sauce that lists 'tomato' as the first ingredient, lots of grains, olive oils, vinegars, tomato pastes, onions, shallots. When you go to the store, you only have to pick up meats and produce.
I'm actually a very shy person, which is why I always chose to be in the kitchen. You can make people happy and entertain them, without really being there. You can make a very short appearance and then say, 'I've got something on the stove, gotta go!
Opportunities present themselves and you have to enjoy the ride.
All of us get so worried about the next step that we don't enjoy the moment we're in right now.
I don't eat a lot of anything. A little bit of everything, but not a lot of everything. Small meals all day long.
I'm most comfortable in T-shirts, but they have to have some style to them.
In order to keep your husband, you have to make time for him.
Rather than going out to dinner, I like to spend time for just the two of us.
Everything in moderation.
I had a very tough childhood. I came here from Italy in the '70s and didn't speak a word of English, so the kids at school tormented me. Truly, it was horrifying the names they called me, and the teachers never really did a thing to stop it.
Pretty much every time I try something different or do something in front of a live audience, I truly think they might throw peanuts at me.
I was so nervous to turn 40, but the last year and a half has been the most fun I have ever had.
I think you can tell the food is close to my heart, too, because I'm doing what I do best.
It's almost ingrained in people that, just like you can't be a smart model, you can't be a good-looking cook.
Cooking for me is a way to wind down.
It's different from cooking on camera, where you have to do everything twice, for a wide shot and a close-up.
There's nothing like a home-cooked meal - nothing! When people ask me what the best restaurant in L.A. is, I say, 'Uh, my house.' It's more intimate. Food can connect people in a forever sort of way.
Talking to other people while you're cooking, it doesn't come naturally.
I love to do yoga, even if it means getting up at 5:30 in the morning.
It helps me breathe and stop all the chatter in my head. That can help you get through everything.
With my crazy schedule, that often means cutting into my sleep.
But yoga gives me the energy and focus I need to get through my day. I'm not saying I don't need a cup of coffee in the afternoon sometimes, but it's the yoga that definitely keeps me centered.
My biggest bit of advice would be to spend some time actually helping caterers or Chefs, even if it has to be for free or as an intern of culinary externship. It helps immerse yourself in what you potentially want to do.
I think it can be hard for any man to sometimes be upstaged by his wife.
So when I'm home, I work very hard to be Todd's wife and Jade's mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles. I try to be Giada, the young girl that he met 20 years ago and fell in love with.
Lidia Bastianich, sorry, but 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.
If people are made to feel uncomfortable in the kitchen, they won't go in there.
That's why I think children learning to cook can be such a wonderful thing.
It's more intimate. Food can connect people in a forever sort of way.
I lost my brother when he was 30, and that was devastating for me.
I don't know if I will ever get over it.