March 21, 2004
Italian Sweet(ie)s

Have you seen Giada De Laurentiis on the Food TV's Everyday Italian? She just kills me. She's so UP all the time like an espresso chihuahua.

I think I discovered why - on her recent show "Italian Dessert Party", Giada (who reminds me of an even smaller Susan Lucci) whipped up a Chocolate Amaretti cake. Sugar, caffeine, it all makes sense! And the recipe looked so simple. I had to try it to get my OWN Italian chocolate buzz on.

I rewound the Tivo, wrote down the ingredients and the procedures, and gave it a whirl. What I produced tastes like heaven, but looks a bit more like the Martian terrain.

Listen to me when I tell you this: Butter the hell out of your springform before proceding and let the cake cool for two solid hours before you attempt to separate the cake from the pan. Cocoa dusting can only cover up so much damage. And I still am not sure where the two big bubbles that look like impact craters under the cake came from.

I guess an ugly cake has one advantage - more for me. And it does taste outrageously good. If you have a springform pan and a source for amaretti cookies, try making this cake.

This is not my recipe so I direct you to Food Network for the details.


This brings us to the burning question - Giada or Susan?

I'm thinking Giada. Definitely Giada. Lucci may have her Emmy, but De Laurentiis has an Oster. (Get it? Get it?)

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at March 21, 2004 9:45 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version
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Glaze: that's what you want. A nice drizzly one that will cover all your sins. Frosting will stick to the cake and come off and make it look worse, not a glaze!

Sounds delicious, though!

Posted by Meg in Paris on March 22, 2004 at 3:11 AM

I don't think the glaze would have done it. Look at the photo. Those two beer-can size indentions on the right side are the freaky bubbles I mentioned. I'd need spackle to take care of those.

Had a piece this morning before leaving for work and I'm buzzing. It's a great cake. Giada may be my new Martha.

Posted by barrett on March 22, 2004 at 9:13 AM

Glaze on Giada? Susan was a bimbo.

I saw Susan Lucci at Disneyworld for Soap Opera Days ( I kid not on this). She fell into the moderately attractive area with skin of leather and too much paint. Still, I would suppose her appeal to a Cubs fan went down after she finally won an Emmy.

Posted by Bryan on March 22, 2004 at 9:21 AM

I stand corrected. The big bubbles probably came from not mixing your batter enough, by the way. It usually comes from varying density and/or leavening agent levels.

Still looks (and sounds!) pretty good - I can't believe your lovely wife actually refused to eat her share. She's probably on call and you are scarfing it down in her absence, poor girl!

Posted by Meg in Paris on March 22, 2004 at 11:58 AM

You are correct, the Doc was on call last night. I'm pretty sure I'll come back to a reduced version of the former cake. She seems to have a sweet tooth after a long night and a half, so it may be greatly reduced.

Posted by barrett on March 22, 2004 at 12:14 PM

what food magazine was Giada De Laurentis on this past February or January (2004) ? IT was featuring all foods Italian

Posted by shellie johnson on March 22, 2004 at 5:02 PM

I missed that magazine. Anyone able to help?

I did just learn that she is indeed the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis.

Posted by barrett on March 22, 2004 at 6:23 PM

Hmmm, well, 25 years ago it would have been Susan. NO problem. I was a big fan in the early 80s. Was Giada even born then?
I guess it really doesn't matter.
I have a problem with "slender" cooks/chefs. Why would someone who cooks for a living be built like a twig? It don't add up. Sorry.

Posted by Dr. Biggles on March 22, 2004 at 6:38 PM

She jogs in place when she cooks, I'm sure.

I always thought Mario Battali looked like a chef should. He strikes me as kind of a jerk, but he has the look. I'm not so sure about the beard, though. Shedding and cooking do not mix. If they did, my cat would be Jacques Pepin.

Posted by barrett on March 23, 2004 at 1:53 PM

Giada reminds me of an older Natalie Portman... and she's a damn good cook too!

Posted by on May 3, 2004 at 9:16 PM

\i love |Giada de laurentiis food ,anyone knows where they tape the show I would love to go

Posted by mango1 on May 23, 2004 at 5:01 PM

i started watching your show and how you made mozarella sticks in a jiffy. la mia mamma lo sa. make more stuff like that. we'll be watching your show now!! :)

Posted by Vladimir on July 23, 2004 at 5:00 PM

Well what can i say , I have found a new #1 show. I dont know much about cooking but i do know this Giada is very hot. I watch it to see Giada *smile*

Posted by Romeo on October 10, 2004 at 4:53 PM

I enjoy Giada's show immensley she makes cooking seem like a trip to the hill of Tuscany.

Brava, and I wanted to know if her grandmother was Silvana Mangano? Thank you

Posted by katharine on November 4, 2004 at 1:41 PM

Silvana Mangano is Giada's grandmother.

Posted by kay on January 2, 2005 at 2:36 AM

Giada is a lovely young woman, energetic and upbeat; great recipes. My question is: is Giada married, does she have children and where does she tape her shows?

Posted by Sharon on January 8, 2005 at 8:54 PM

She is married. There was a show a few days ago about her on a trip to Italy; her husband joined her there. Her mother, also a knockout, was there, too. Do not know about children.

Posted by karen on January 12, 2005 at 4:24 PM

I would like to know more about Giada DiLaurentis. Her mother is very attractive and appears to be very young. Silvana Mignano and Dino DiLaurentis are Giada's grandparents? What is Giada's married name? Is she married? According to the show aired when she was on vacation in Italy she was shown with her husband. Can anyone direct me to a website for more information. I truly enjoy her show and after seeing a picture of Silvana Mignano I see a very strong resemblance.

Posted by IrenePetrarca on January 16, 2005 at 5:26 PM

I want to know where she got all that great dinnerware / bakeware-the yellow and the green that's all stackedi n her cabinets...love them and can't find them....HELP!!

Posted by Robbin on January 24, 2005 at 11:15 AM

I too love her dinnerware! It's an Italian line called Vietri - and she has the Cucina Fresca dishes and the Cioccolata dishes.

Posted by Emily on February 15, 2005 at 6:58 PM

I'm hooked now on the Vietri line of dishes, especially the Cucina Fresca, because of Giada. There's a really good store here called Ampersand that has most of the different lines and most of the dishes. So it's nice to be able to pick and choose which you one you want since they're not machine produced, so there are variations of mottledness around the terra cotta rim. I like a more clean line. My favorite are the salad plates. Normally too small for me, but they are great snack and dessert plates. I like the saffron on top and sage on the bottom. Strawberries look fantastic against the saffron. The salad plates are kind of deep, ie, the bottom is recessed from the sides of the plates. I like that Ampersand has a website (www.ampersandshops.com). another good site to browse for Vietri is www.plumpuddingkitchen.com.

Posted by Zelly on February 20, 2005 at 9:53 PM

However, one caveat for the Vietri line...it is not cheap. The salad plates (a 7 inch plate) are $25-$27 each. So, can get quite pricey if you want a whole set of dinnerware. I think the serveware is priced right to make a nice gift. I got my friend the narrow serving platter for Christmas this year. When you think of it, Giada must have hundreds of dollars worth if not a thousand dollars worth of Vietri dishes.

Has anyone noticed her new line of dishes she is using in here more recent shows, where it looks like she has a new stove and put marble in for the countertop where she used to have a rough stone/ceramic? These dishes are also dual-toned in color like the Vietri, but not rustic, they are minimalist, more contemporary in style. I've tried looking under Lindt Stymeist and Heath Ceramics, but not finding the kind she has. I want the cream and yellow broad serving bowl that she uses. Anyone have any idea?

Posted by Zelly on February 20, 2005 at 10:03 PM

Okay, I think I may have answered my own question. I think I just found the bowl and it is on the Heath Ceramics site. If anyone is interested, here is the URL: http://www.heathceramics.com/shopheath.html.

Does the Shallow Salad Bowl look like what she has on her show. I thought the color was cream, but I guess it's grey. I like the persimmon color too. Hmmm, at $110 a pop, I'm going to have to put this on a birthday or Christmas list.

Posted by Zelly on February 20, 2005 at 10:27 PM

Hi everyone,
I just found this website and I had to share this with you . I just went to her show at Macy's in New york last night and I must say she is such a down to earth person . I had so much fun talking to her while she was cooking for us. She embraces the audience. Someone asked her what her plans are for the future and her answer was what ever happens happens. She doesn't have a mapped out plan like other cooks who sell pots and pan or go on Iron chef . That is what make her so great and free spirted, just have fun and when its over its over. I watch many cooking shows but her show is simple and easy to learn from. O and by the way she is more beautiful in person than you see on TV.
Philip

Posted by Philip on March 3, 2005 at 9:23 AM

Hi everyone,
I just found this website and I had to share this with you . I just went to her show at Macy's in New york last night and I must say she is such a down to earth person . I had so much fun talking to her while she was cooking for us. She embraces the audience. Someone asked her what her plans are for the future and her answer was what ever happens happens. She doesn't have a mapped out plan like other cooks who sell pots and pan or go on Iron chef . That is what make her so great and free spirted, just have fun and when its over its over. I watch many cooking shows but her show is simple and easy to learn from. O and by the way she is more beautiful in person than you see on TV.
Philip

Posted by on March 3, 2005 at 9:25 AM

I actually find her kind of annoying in her newer shows. You can kind of tell her fortunes have changed, obviously for the better--monetarily speaking. She's in a bigger house with what looks like a bigger kitchen. She's a little too perky for me, like she has too much seratonin running through her system. I liked her better in her earlier days when she was more "serious" and didn't try to be so sexy. I hope she kind of tones it down some. You can obviously tell she's thrilled with her success, but gosh, calm down.

Posted by Zelly on March 7, 2005 at 8:19 PM

hello? do you know her background, her company and who her family is? i think she had fortunes, 'monetarily speaking' way before the current success of her show ... don't be such a hater.... you're annoying!

Posted by spp on March 9, 2005 at 1:40 AM

I love Giada, she's so pretty and her food is fresh and what I consider, healthy. To me she's as gorgeous and sweet as ever.

Posted by Mabi on March 10, 2005 at 7:04 PM

Well, yah, she's Dino De Laurentiis' granddaughter. What is your problem? I like her program, all I was saying is I liked it better when her affect was more serious. Don't be such a crab.

Posted by Zelly on March 11, 2005 at 12:04 AM

If it's so terrible that I made an itty bitty criticism of her here, you should go to this other site where they really rip into her and call her "little big head". (They are actually quite mean.) You could let them really have it for ripping into someone who deserves to be as perky as she wants to be, because after all...Do you KNOW WHO her family IS?

Posted by Zelly on March 11, 2005 at 12:20 AM

sorry for this, but how do you pronouce her first name? i've never heard it on the show so i didn't know it for a long time.

thanks *niki*

Posted by niki on March 11, 2005 at 9:52 AM

whoa, ssp, take a chill pill and don't be such a hollywood bootlicker. Did her grandpa buy her her house? Even if she's a trust fund kid, kids still like to make it on their own. I agree with zelly. I've seen the newer shows. She is over-the-top perky and I'd say she tries to sex-up her yummy look a bit too much. Does that mean I hate her? No, I don't feel that strongly about her either way.

Posted by biff on March 12, 2005 at 1:30 AM

In Italian (just as in English if the word is derived from Latin), when the G is followed by an E or an I, the G is soft. I guess this could represent how to pronounce her name: Jaw-dah.

Posted by zelly on March 12, 2005 at 12:53 PM

I should mention that even though I find her perkiness annoying, I think she is very intelligent. You can tell she's well-educated too, just by the words she uses and the way she explains things. In fact I think she explains things really well. And what I like is that she gives the reason why. I've learned a lot from her shows. For instance, that clover honey is a milder honey. I like when she gives bits of information about her childhood, like what her mother would make for them as an after-school snack or what she'd put in their lunches. I also think she has great taste, maybe not so much in her clothes, but certainly in her tablewear.

About the perkiness though, I just read an article where she was told by her producer in her earlier seasons to not be so serious. I guess people like perky, though I'm not one of them. I do, however, like her enthusiasm for food, that's for sure.

Posted by zelly on March 12, 2005 at 11:12 PM

when asked by his parents what he wanted for Easter, my six year old grandson replied "a cook book". My daughter asked, "kids cooking", no he replied Giada. We watch it every day and he is mermerized. He also pays attention to the recipes

Posted by caryle on March 24, 2005 at 11:08 AM

That is so cute. My son watches Giada with me, and now when eating something, he'll use three words to describe it, like Giada does. He'll say something like, "It's crunchy and creamy...it's delicious." And he'll say it in that same intense way.

Posted by debris on March 29, 2005 at 10:47 PM

Despite the old admonition, Giada is the only skinny chef I trust. She seems to enjoy every bite of her own cooking. She should thank God for her metabolism.
I have tried countless recipes of hers, and they are all simple, direct, and do not rely on elaborate techniques. I am not scared of Mssrs. Batalli's or Pucks techiques, but I do like simplicity when cooking at home.
On top of that my wife hates me watching her show even more than if I watched football. Guess I shouldn't have told her that I would marry her if she asked me..
Don't anyone tell my spouse that Ms. De Laurentis is already married, I coulr make this worl for years!

Posted by Billy C on April 13, 2005 at 10:24 PM

Great show....great chef Went to a food show in PA where Ms. De Laurentis was appearing along with some other famous chefs. Hers was the longest book signing line and she was as sweet as could be with getting her picture taken with the countless masses! I just copied a bunch of her pesto recipes from a show I watched today because they looked and sounded fabulous. So what if she's reed thin and beautiful....some people are just blessed with great metabolisms. Her beauty seems inside as well as outside.

Posted by KS on April 27, 2005 at 11:41 AM

Does anyone happen to know who designed Giada De Laurentiis's clothes she was wearing in her Foodnetwork program Everyday Italian, episode number EI1F16 "Everyday Desserts"? It's a light blue sleeveless top with lots of flower patterns and laces.

Posted by cp_cp on May 1, 2005 at 5:54 PM

Giada's show everyday italian on foodnetwork is simply awesome. she is a very pretty chef and her reciepes are very simple and easy to follow.

Posted by NAUSHABA ZAFAR on May 7, 2005 at 11:06 PM

FYI-Perhaps viewers tend to overly criticize the attractive while simulataneously downplaying the positive and noteworthy attributes and talents of whom I will refer to as the "genetically gifted", "pleasantly personable" enthusiastic talents of late. Do we see comments about chefs that are of questionable weight if analyzed by registered dieticians would be considered "obese", do we poke at the homely attired of seasoned chefs that may dress modestly, no, we most certainly do not. Lets stick to the basics and regroup, are you "Giada Criticizers" watching the food network for the latest and greatest in "Acceptable, matronly attired, chunky spinsters modeling, strictly, and by at the very least, homely, brownish unflattering attire. Well then embrace your remote and keep flipping. My opinion of Giada is that she is enthusiastic about her cooking, feeding her friends and family and sharing her culinary knowledge with other foodies. Perhaps you should spend less time criticizing and if you need to envision an overweight spinster, feel free to do so. You may want to also reevaulate why you are criticizing Giada and refocus your energies on You!

Posted by Nancy on May 15, 2005 at 8:51 PM

Dear Zelly,

Why waste time criticizing, really? Do you like to cook, if yes, there is plenty to post on line regarding cooking, don't you think? I could talk about food all day long only the "average ordinary" does not wish to do the same. What is your specialty?

Posted by Nancy on May 15, 2005 at 8:57 PM

Nancy -

""Acceptable, matronly attired, chunky spinsters modeling, strictly, and by at the very least, homely, brownish unflattering attire."

Are you busting on Julia Child? 'Cause i will come up there with a mixmaster...

Posted by barrett on May 16, 2005 at 2:25 PM

What in the world? I was just checking out this site while I wait for things to load and what I thought was an idle criticism about Giada's newer shows is still causing some to get upset? Pretty much all I was saying is that I'd rather not have the cooking shows I watch sexed up and the hosts to be too perky.

In my world, we don't worship and fawn over people who happen to be on television or who are "genetically gifted." Saying that people who are physically attractive and thin should not be criticized is absurd. As for my "specialty," I majored in English and philosophy in college, and it isn't about adulation. It's about criticism, criticism, criticism. I am now an editor for medical publications and so there you have it. I look at things with a critical eye, and I like things to be a bit clinical. Hense, I prefer a fairly straight-foward cooking show without sexed-up yummy sounds.

Incidentally, about her bigger and better kitchen in her new shows. Evidently they are in rented homes in places such as Pacific Palisades and Malibu, if I remember the article correctly. I guess she lives in a very modest Spanish-style home in real life.

As for the new shows that I've seen lately, she has toned it down. Maybe she just had one of those days where she was feeling extra exuberant. I have those days, too, and can imagine how annoying I must be. Hey, and guess what? I happen to be one of those people who can eat anything and not show it, so maybe by your standards, Nancy, that makes me one of your so-called "genetically gifted" and you shouldn't be criticizing the fact that I criticized.

I think Giada's a perfectly lovely person, but I still intend to monitor her affect on her shows and am curious to see how she comes across in her next season.

Posted by Zelly on May 26, 2005 at 4:47 PM

Nice Tatas

Posted by yves p on June 4, 2005 at 11:41 PM

You guys are nuts-- Giada is most certainly annoying. Today she made a salad and I couldn't tell if she was going to serve it or have sex with it.

I enjoyed a description I read on another site which referred to her as an "espresso chihuahua".

All of these shows in which the hosts moan and finger everything are driving me crazy. Not to mention the mic'd countertops that pick up every squishing, liquescent sound and the close-ups with the blurring.

I would like to put Nigella, Giada, Rachael Ray, and that bourgeois pig from Barefoot Contessa into an arena with some chop-smacking lions. With lots of squishy sounds, of course.

The guys are not immune either. If I see Tyler Florence hand-feed another stranger, I might lose it.

Posted by Krose on June 24, 2005 at 10:36 AM

You guys are nuts-- Giada is most certainly annoying. Today she made a salad and I couldn't tell if she was going to serve it or have sex with it.

I enjoyed a description I read on another site which referred to her as an "espresso chihuahua".

All of these shows in which the hosts moan and finger everything are driving me crazy. Not to mention the mic'd countertops that pick up every squishing, liquescent sound and the close-ups with the blurring.

I would like to put Nigella, Giada, Rachael Ray, and that bourgeois pig from Barefoot Contessa into an arena with some chop-smacking lions. With lots of squishy sounds, of course.

The guys are not immune either. If I see Tyler Florence hand-feed another stranger, I might lose it.

Posted by krose on June 24, 2005 at 10:36 AM

Ahhahaha! Krose, very funny. I particularly like the Barefoot Contessa comment--though I like her aesthetic and her savory taste in cooking, she does come across as very bourgeois and rather piggie. But I would watch out, spp and Nancy may have a conniption if you criticize Giada, or maybe anyone who's on television for that matter. As the logic goes, they're a sacred cow if they are on television or related to someone prominent in Hollywood. I believe the "espresso chihuahua" description was on this very site (way up above), coined by barrett, the host of this forum.

cp_cp: you had a question way up above about a blue lacey shirt that Giada was wearing. I don't know for sure where it came from but you may want to check out the www.anthropologie.com site. Her husband designs for the store. That shirt looks like the kind of thing they'd have there.

Posted by Zelly on June 29, 2005 at 6:17 PM

I have to say that reading how riled up foodtv fans can get is much more entertaining -- and substantially less annoying -- than being subjected to the Giadas and Rachel Rays of the world...as they pop their eyeballs out of their sockets and marvel over their gastronomical creations. We don't get quite the same lineup on foodtv Canada as you do in the US, but for one reason or another, Giada and "R.R." have crept into our TV sets and have infiltrated our otherwise sane programming. Watching them use the same adjectives (with the same eye-popping, brow-raising, lip-puckering expressions) over and over again to describe their dishes makes me twitch.

I have no qualms with good genes, superhuman metabolism (Giada!), rich/famous families, manicured nails, and the skyrocketing success in their careers. I'll even give them credit for being seemingly genuine in their enthusiasm for food. They do try to relate to the average person working 9-5 in that their recipes are simple and quick (that does not excuse the hamburger salad fiasco though, Rachel!). However, I do have a problem with food hosts taking the attention away from the food and making the viewers become preoccupied with their overwhelmingly irritating mannerisms. Maybe some of you are very proficient at overlooking these distracting traits, but it just strikes a nerve in me everytime I catch a whiff of their over-enunciated dialogue. I really feel that my intelligence is being underestimated by the shows' producers. If it is entertainment I want, I'll gladly catch something on HBO. If I want to watch beautiful people, I'll go see Mr. and Mrs. Smith. If I want ideas for a nice kitchen, there's a plethora of home renovation shows on TV. Quite frankly, when I'm watching the food network, I want information about FOOD. Food TV programmers, this is my plead to you to please bring back intelligent, knowledgeable, and classy hosts who are worth a good recipe's time. Someone like Anna Olson on Sugar could teach the Giadas and Rachels of the food world a thing or two about being an effective and likeable host.

Posted by LovefoodinToronto on June 30, 2005 at 9:28 AM

Hallelujah Lovefoodin!!! You took the words right out of my thoughts! I find that at times, Giada can be condescending in her tone, and at the end of the day, everything turns out being "creamy", "nutty", or has "crunch". I think she needs to expand her vocabulary in that respect. As for Rachel Ray........talk about getting on my nerves!! What's with the "E.V.O.O." acronym? She says it first, then has to say "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" for those viewers who aren't "hip" or "with it". I fell like I'm watching a show from the 60's because her ingredients seem to like to "hang out" as she puts it. I think that a cooking show can be topic based, but should appeal to a broad cross-section of viewers, not just to those in their "teens" as Ms. Ray seems to think.

Posted by DD on July 4, 2005 at 4:44 PM

Hallelujah Lovefoodin!! I can't believe you crawled into my very thoughts!! I think that Giada (although a good cook) needs to come up with some new adjectives to describe her food. I'm sick of "creamy" smooth" and "nutty". Since when is prociutto considered "nutty" in flavour? And I'm Italian so I should know. (I nearly fell off the sofa when I heard that one!) She needs to stop flaring her eyes when she raises her eyebrows and that super-smile I find a bit over-exaggerated to say the least. As for Rachel Ray.......she totally gets my goat! I feel like she's talking to a room of teenagers with her "E.V.O.O." acronyms. Then she follows up with the complete "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" for those of us old folks who aren't "hip" with the lingo. And why does all of her food need to "hang out"??? I think she'd expand her audience if she focused on the food instead of trying to use "cool" language. I find that such a turn off. In her "Morrocan Feast" episode, she must have used the word "EXOTIC" at least 40 times if not more. I will be watching for the re-run because I swear I'm gonna count!!! And that little giggle..........MAKES ME WANT TO GAG!!!

Posted by DD on July 4, 2005 at 5:21 PM

A week or so ago I saw a delighful show on Food Network with Giada De Lurentiis showing us aroumd her beloved home town of Rome, Italy. She introduced the viewer to her husband and her darling mom was part of the show, going on shopping sprees and eating a number of goodies.

What a delightful hour of fun,beauty and tremendous love throughout the show.

Giada is darling and can cook up a storm. I have tried many recipes and each one was a winner!

I enjoy watching Giada sampling her fare and commenting on the taste.

Her husband is adorable and they make a nice couple.

I certainly hope they have more specials on like this with her hosting.

Just great.

Thank you.

Posted by Suzy on August 9, 2005 at 7:22 PM

I want to know where I can talk to the producers of the show "Everyday Italian" and to the woman Giada herself. I don't know why the cameras for the show are always purposely angled so that the bigness of her head is dramatically increased. She already has a small shoulder frame Why do the guys make her head look even bigger than it already is? They are SOOOOOO weird!!!

Posted by Jean on August 11, 2005 at 8:56 PM

Addressing a comment about her clothes...... Her husband Todd is an Executive with Anthropologies and she has said that she mostly wears their clothes when taping her show.

Posted by jt on August 17, 2005 at 1:33 PM

Giada is attractive, no doubt. She also seems like a genuine person and her simple style of cooking is very appealing. If you haven't seen her special where she goes to Italy check it out: it's beautiful.
I already cook in a very similar style to her but she is fun to watch and I am thinking of checking out her cookbook.

Posted by Roy on August 17, 2005 at 6:46 PM

News on every hour. http://www.bignews.com

Posted by marria on August 18, 2005 at 3:14 PM

I am a great fan of Food Network and the darling Giada De Lurentiis.

Who could help not liking this talented chef? Her shows are enourmously informative and beautifully presented by Giada. I would give anything to be able to meet her and "talk shop". I've been told I'm a good cook and liking to cook is half of the battle. Giada's recipes are easy and delicious. Nothing is ever left after a dinner at my house. I especially like to make her fresh berries with marscapone and whipped cream.

Giada comes from a very good family and her mother, aunt and sisters are all nice too but Giada seems to be the only sister who loves to cook.

Can you tell I'm a fan of Giada?

I loved her special with Mario Batalli and her most recent one in Rome. More please.

For those who find her head a little "big" Are you all blind? She is just perfect. She also really seems to enjoy eating. I wish I could eat like that and not worry about the calories. She is a lucky girl in many ways.

Food Network has a winner here. BRAVO!

Suzy

Posted by Suzy on September 8, 2005 at 11:38 PM

Definitely Giada. She is young gorgeous and brillant. I have made a few of her recipes and they turn out great.

Too bad for all the guys out there that she got married over a year ago, and to a clothing designer no less. I heard he designs clothes for her. HOW nice.

Susan is on a soap. There is no competition to me.

Posted by Kellu on September 11, 2005 at 12:19 AM

You guys are too funny - I have to agree, however with someone's observation of Giada's over-use of the word CREAMY (meat is creamy?? Please, try not to make us yak, it doesn't make for good ratings). She's beautiful to be sure and knows her stuff, but she needs to lose that word. I like the unique camera work on the show, it's at least creative. Rachael Ray is irritating, "Man", and she makes me nervous - I keep thinking one day in the middle of one of her long-winded stories of her childhood she'll chop off a digit. She needs to take it down a notch....totally.

Posted by Daisy on September 16, 2005 at 4:51 PM

One thing I love about Rachel is that the girl CAN EAT! She certainly doesn't use a tiny little dish to sample her own cooking like Giada, and she isn't shy about the fact that she has a big mouth and enjoys cramming as much of her delicious food in as possible. :) I think she's a sweetheart, very upbeat and personable. The type of girl I would be friends with. Giada is a very talented cook, I often use her recipes and have enjoyed each and every one. Her descriptions of food can definitely be annoying....especially the "earthy, nutty" comments. Is cheese nutty, really?

Posted by Gina on September 22, 2005 at 12:05 PM

Oh very definitely, cheese can be nutty...just like wine can be nutty.

Posted by debrie on September 27, 2005 at 11:20 PM

Can anyone tell me where giadas chain necklace with diamond stations can be seen? bought? thanks

Posted by nana on October 2, 2005 at 10:26 AM

Did anyone see the Tasty Travels episode recently that was in, I believe, New York? Rachel Ray talked about a unique store there where she purchases the neat plates that are used on 30 Minute Meals. I forget to write down the name of the store. Did anyone see it?

Posted by Lindsey on October 2, 2005 at 5:20 PM

she my favorite

Posted by jennie on October 8, 2005 at 2:58 PM

Can anyone tell me what kind of purse Giada was carrying in the episode where she took a tour of italy? I believe it was black. I'm also looking for her necklace she wears all the time on her show.

Posted by Jen on October 9, 2005 at 2:03 PM

For those of you that don't like Giada or any other show you can press "Off" on your TV control or you can press the button to change channels. This is so simple I think most if not all of you can understand.....if not read the instructions that came with yout TV.

Posted by Frances on October 10, 2005 at 9:59 AM

rachel ray... you couldn't make that routine up if you tried.. the hand movements and lingo...she reminds me of the i love lucy episode where lucy tries to sell the beef out of a baby carraige.

Posted by rome in new york on October 18, 2005 at 3:52 PM

The necklace is from Tiffany's - it's called Diamonds by the Yard - EACH necklace is over $3000!!! (she wears 3). You can find knockoffs at QVC.com called "Diamonique by the Yard" for $65 per necklace.

Posted by TRex on October 19, 2005 at 9:48 AM

re: Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels episode in New York -

She got her ceramics at Mxyplyzyk in the West Village.

Posted by richard on October 20, 2005 at 11:54 AM

Just as an FYI, the only show currently taped on Food Network that has a chef preparing food in their own personal kitchen is Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten.

And while I agree with some people that there are a few chefs with some pretty annoying quirks that are on TV, that's what makes them individuals and if I don't feel like watching them, all I have to do is CHANGE THE CHANNEL. That's what I love about this country, I can have an opinion and make my own choices. What a concept.

Posted by Cris on November 1, 2005 at 7:26 PM

This site has jewelry similar to Giada's on http://www.tinystar.com - especially the CZ by the yard- and there are 3 sizes in silver and in gold too!

Posted by Diane on November 9, 2005 at 5:43 PM

Giada u r aweaome i just have 2 say i think ur show is soooooo great!and i don't mind perky chefs!:)

Posted by Lauren on November 14, 2005 at 5:37 PM

Giada's show is wonderful. I wasn't always a fan of cooking - it wasn't until I met my husband that I really wanted to cook and to do something loving for us as a family. I love Giada's show - she is a role model for me! She is always upbeat, her recipes always produce tons of compliments when I make them and yeah, it helps that she is gorgeous. I think all of the people on here that rip on her should just flip the channel. I think most of the comments are just made out of jealousy - here is a woman that has it made, she's a great cook, she's got a warm personality, she's beautiful too! Inside and Out! Keep your show comin' Giada - I love ya!

Posted by Marisa Wiedl on November 22, 2005 at 1:44 PM

I think Giada is pure class with a wonderful skill for cooking.

BRAVO!

Posted by Charlotte on December 5, 2005 at 6:45 PM

Does anyone know the title or date for the episode when Giada cooks with her sister and they make this type of pasta that was swirled?- Thanks

Posted by LEG on December 19, 2005 at 11:48 PM

Does anyone know where to purchase those hexagon glasses that Giada uses? Love her show. Always look forward to trying her recipes.

Posted by Karen on January 1, 2006 at 9:09 PM

Does anyone know where to purchase those hexagon glasses that Giada uses? Love her show. I always look forward to trying her recipes.

Posted by Karen on January 1, 2006 at 9:10 PM

Is Tyler Florence married, girlfriend, or is he gay? he is so handsome he makes me insane!!!!!!
pls give me the 411 its kinda 911
thanks yall!

Posted by sesa on January 14, 2006 at 12:25 AM

For the person who wanted to know the title of the episode of Giada with her sister, it's called "Personal Day" and the recipe she cooks is "Gnocchi with Butter Thyme Sauce."

Posted by TRex on January 24, 2006 at 11:43 PM

What does Giada's name tranlate into English as?

Posted by Rita on February 5, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Rita, Giada translated in english means Jade. It means to recall beauty and value of the precious mineral jade.

Posted by Analise on February 7, 2006 at 11:12 AM

Does anyone know how tall and how much Giada weighs? Just curious.

Posted by faith on February 15, 2006 at 10:30 AM

I could watch Giada all day. I am curious as to whether she has ever actually eaten an entire meal, though. Sure, she tastes what she makes, but can she possibly eat as much chocolate as she claims? Not only must she have an incredible metabolism, but an incredible dermatologist as well!

Posted by barb on February 15, 2006 at 6:47 PM

Does anyone know what wrist-watch Giada was wearing on the Italian Holiday special?

Posted by Lin on February 26, 2006 at 11:12 PM

Giada always dresses elegantly on her cooking show. Where does she buy those beautiful tops?

Posted by Hope on February 27, 2006 at 11:08 AM

Hi Hope, I read that one of the store that provides her wardrobe is Anthropologie; she also thanks them in her cookbook for dressing her.

Posted by Lin on February 27, 2006 at 12:47 PM

Does anyone know if the necklace (I think someone said it was actually 3 necklaces she wears together) Giada wears most of the time on her show (Tiffany-Diamonds by the Yard) is in white gold or yellow gold?

Posted by Faith on March 3, 2006 at 10:13 PM

I'll admit giada is beautiful but i wish she would try to tone down that huge smile once in a while , we call her " coat hanger mouth" , she loks like she's got a coat hanger in there holding it open! My dad calls her "T & T' for Tits & Teeth". Every show , it seems, must include a shot down her shirt! Improves the male audience, I'm sure...

Posted by digger on March 19, 2006 at 4:14 PM

I love Giada, when I found out her grandmother was Silvana Mangano, I flipped. I was an advid fan of Silvana, I have her movies, Bitter Rice, Anna, Gold of Naples. I hope she continues her success on TV. I would surely hate to not see her anymore....

Silvana would be proud.......

Posted by Rose on April 15, 2006 at 2:31 PM

Does anyone know where Giada DeLaurentis gets her gold rectangle pendant necklace she wears all the time? I've looked everywhere and can't find it!

Posted by Jess on June 14, 2006 at 10:13 AM

I love to watch Giada. I think the show is great. She seems happy and tuned into life.

Posted by Danielle on July 21, 2006 at 7:10 PM

Does anyone know which kitchen Giada uses for her most recent episodes? She has had three different kitchens. The first one with the tile counters. They now show episodes of a kitchen with a dark wooden island table in the background. Then there is a kitchen with some green shiny tiles in the background with a desk to the left of the kitchen.

Posted by Danielle on July 24, 2006 at 10:06 PM

Hi Jess:
I too have been looking all over the web and here in St. Louis for Giada's gold rectangle pendant necklace...I just love it...it's a "must-have" for me! Anyone know where I can find one? Thanks.

Posted by De on July 30, 2006 at 7:43 PM

Does anyone know what gold watch Giada wears in the Behind the Bash South Beach episode, it aired last night?!?! I also love her gold dog tag necklace!

Posted by Jen on July 31, 2006 at 6:12 PM

Sorry, I don't know where to find the gold watch or the gold rectangle pendant Giada wears. But I'm writing to the Food Network to see if they know!

Posted by De on July 31, 2006 at 7:58 PM

Thanks! Hopefully they can help!

Posted by Jen on August 1, 2006 at 8:43 AM

As I mentioned yesterday, I did send an email to Food Network asking for details about Giada's gold watch from "Behind the Bash" and her gold rectangle pendant. Of course, I haven't heard from them yet. I'll keep you posted. Have a great evening!

Posted by De on August 1, 2006 at 7:01 PM

Thanks De!

Posted by Jen on August 8, 2006 at 7:26 PM

Hello Everyone:

Here is the response I received today from the Food Network regarding Giada's jewelry:

"In response to your inquiry, Her husband is an Executive with Anthropologie and has said that she mostly wears their clothes and jewelry when taping her show.www.anthropologie.com".

So perhaps this means we would be able to purchase the jewelry from Anthropologie. I've already gone to their web site and requested a catalog. Let's see what happens.

Have a great evening.

Posted by De on August 9, 2006 at 7:52 PM

There is no opinion here. Just cold hard facts.

Mario is the best, the greatest, the most knowledgable person the world has ever seen when it comes to cooking the greatest cuisine in the world. Italian. Period. Any professional food person can see this.

Giada simply repeats what she read before the show. A classic example of ALL show no go.
Cleavage is great, not during a cooking show, and that PHOOOONNNNNEYYYY way of pronouncing Italian words has got to go.

Posted by Guido Coccadoafroza on August 23, 2006 at 1:46 PM

There is no opinion here. Just cold hard facts.

Mario is the best, the greatest, the most knowledgable person the world has ever seen when it comes to cooking the greatest cuisine in the world. Italian. Period. Any professional food person can see this.

Giada simply repeats what she read before the show. A classic example of ALL show no go.
Cleavage is great, not during a cooking show, and that PHOOOONNNNNEYYYY way of pronouncing Italian words has got to go.

Posted by Guido Coccadoafroza on August 23, 2006 at 1:48 PM

I was wondering if anyone knew the necklace that Giada wears? The one with 3 circular stones on one chain....thank you ~Daniela

Posted by Daniela on January 6, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Does anyone know what necklace Giada wears? The one with the 3 circular stones...thank you

Posted by Daniela on January 6, 2007 at 3:02 PM

Anybody know Giada's age? Also, don't you think Mario's wife would be jealouse of him thinking Giada's so beautiful? (He wrote that in her book.)

I think she is so pretty and fun looking. She's totally my style in many ways. Though I do understand how her noises & sexieness takes focus away from the food.

Posted by August on January 6, 2007 at 8:51 PM

She was born 8/22/70

Posted by Jessica on January 9, 2007 at 1:19 PM

Daniela:
The three stone necklace and the solitaire necklaces all come from Tiffany's Elsa Peretti collection known as "Diamonds by the Yard." What I can't tell for sure is if hers are gold or platinum chains. I'd love to know who makes the gold "dog tag" style necklace she also wears sometimes. I've seen her wear one with a beaded chain, and another with a simple gold chain. Any ideas out there?

Posted by Nance on January 13, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Hi I was wondering if anyone can tell me where I can find the hexagon shaped cocktail/champagne flutes, that she uses quiet often in her shows. The rim of the glass is what is shaped like a hexagon. These glasses were used on the T.v episode E10705 to make the sgroppino (italian cocktail) which aired on Jan 7, 2007.
Ive look everywhere and cant seem to find them. Please Help!!!!!! Thanks............

Posted by Jodi on January 18, 2007 at 7:11 PM

where does giada buy her cute emprie waisted and low neck shirts and dresses?? she has really cute clothes~

Posted by kris on January 21, 2007 at 7:54 PM

I am looking for the round cooling rack that has been on a few of her shows. The legs are a round scroll design. It is rustic and almost looks like it could be wrought iron or something like that.

Posted by Jenny on January 25, 2007 at 2:37 PM

Daniela- you can get the necklaces at www.tinystar.com - not diamonds but in CZ!

Posted by Diane on February 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Daniela- you can get the necklaces at www.tinystar.com - not diamonds but in CZ!

Posted by Diane on February 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM

The three solitare diamond necklaces are indeed from Tiffany's Elsa Peretti collection; Giada's are yellow gold and the three necklaces range in price from about $17,000 to $5,000 each depending on stone color, size and clarity. The necklaces come in standard 16" length -since Giada's are graduated, she must have had them customized.

Posted by Helen on April 20, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Does anyone know where Giada got her beautiful floral tunic top she was wearing on her show Giada's Tasty Travels where she went to the island of Capri? It doesn't look like something you would get at Antropologie? I must have it!

Posted by Big brown eyes on July 13, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Big Brown Eyes--I don't know but I have been doing the same search-I WANT THAT BAD! Please come back here and let me know if you find out and I will do the same!

Posted by mic on July 17, 2007 at 11:59 AM

Anyone know where Giada got her ceramic looking measuring spoons she uses on her show?

Thanks

Posted by April on September 14, 2007 at 9:47 PM

Hi April:

Try Fantes.com for the measuring spoons under item # 98166. I believe they are 10.99 a set.

Good Luck. L

Posted by Linda on October 1, 2007 at 3:53 PM

I hear Giada and her husband are expecting their first child in April, anybody elese hear this?

Posted by GINA on November 12, 2007 at 4:50 PM

I'm looking for that beautiful cover-up as well. The one she wore in Capri. Venus swimwear has some similar ones in nice solid colors. A lot of her clothes may be designed for her because although I like Anthropologie some of the stuff is a lot funkier than the stuff Giada wears. That cover-up may just be a beautiful top. But nevertheless, I would love - love to have one!

Posted by Karyn on January 10, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Yes, she is expecting a baby girl in April. Check out the Today Show web-site for a video of her talking about it. She is co-host once in awhile. She also has new herbs, sea-salt and olive oil with her name on it available at Crate & Barrell.

Posted by Karyn on January 10, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Is Giada's gold watch a men's rolex?

Posted by lisa on January 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Jennie, I think the purse you are talking about is a Gucci one and the necklaces are from Tiffany's from the collection "Diamods by the yard".
Hope I could help you.

Posted by Giselle on January 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

I found a beautiful cover-up similar to the one Giada's wears in Italy. It's from Nordstrom.com or at the store. Item number 209828 TRINK Turk Cover-up. It's like $138.00. Expensive - but very special!

Posted by Cookie on January 23, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Does anyone know where Giada got her wardrobe on the episode of Giada in paradise:Capri?

Posted by Amber on March 11, 2008 at 2:28 PM

I have found some cute ceramic egg holder similar to the ones Giada uses, but in color for $9 WOW what a deal. Lilian Vernon has them. Good Luck and thanks for all the good tips.

Posted by Nancy on March 20, 2008 at 1:45 PM

has anyone had any luck finding out about the gold, rectangular pendant she often wears?
i am obsessed with it. i have tried zooming in on still photographs to see what is engraved on it-no luck, has anyone see anything similar? it's kind of a dog-tag style, but looks more antique. it's yellow gold, NOT the little diamond-by-the-yard dealies.
please let me know if you've had any luck, i saw several of you were interested.
thanks!

Posted by KD on April 28, 2008 at 11:48 PM

You guys are all completely insane, she does not make sex sounds, no one does. When something is tasty, you express your enthusiasm with a sound, it's as simple as that. Not everything as about sex!!!!!

Posted by Kasey on August 13, 2008 at 2:13 AM

does anyone happen to know where i can find the glass wide rimmed mixing bowls giada uses in her show Giada At Home? i saw them on the 11/27/08 "lobster bake" episode. thanks for any help!

Posted by JoAnn on November 30, 2008 at 8:07 AM

does anyone happen to know where i can find the glass wide rimmed mixing bowls giada uses in her show Giada At Home? i saw them on the 11/27/08 "lobster bake" episode. thanks for any help!pharma offshoring

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