Friday, July 9, 2010

the Italian chef + glamourous cakemaker

Giada di Laurentiis,
 Celebrity Chef Extraordinaire


in Capri


Giada Pamela De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy
in August, 1970,  she will turn 40 this year.
She is the eldest child of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband,
actor-producer Alex De Benedetti.  Her grandparents are Italian film producer
Dino di Laurentiis & his wife, the legendary actress Silvana Mangano.
Giada's father was a close associate of Giada's grandfather,
the film producer Dino De Laurentiis.

After her parents divorced the her mother moved the family to
Los Angeles, where she was raised.

Town & Country Magazine & Food & Wine Magazine
did articles on the di Laurentiis family, including Giada, after seeing them
a film producer thought it would be a good idea to have Giada try out
for a TV show.  The rest is history.



following are some really wonderful photos of Giada in Capri & on the
mainland of Italy...








of course, you already knew all this...
but what I'll bet you don't know is that...

major photoshopping going on with her hand on the
cover of her book...see how large her fingers are
compared to her arm? & her little finger?

All to cover Giada's cleavage?  Yes.  Hilarious?  Yes.





& another thing you probably didn't know...
to compete with Rachel Ray, who has a major dog food division,
Giada's people think she should have a dog food too.
Provisional label...









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i love the creativity & artistry which goes into
professinal cakebaking...click on this link to see
some of the most beautiful work in the USA



Happy Pink Saturday

click on the button at bottom right to take you to the
list of other participants....



21 comments:

  1. Marsha

    She does photograph well and has a winning smile for sure. Love all the outfits expect that blue and brown mismatch outfit, a fashion faux pas. Even the jeans and white top is more fashionable well okay not really but it does have that classical appeal to the down home gal look to go with all that cooking and farm produce.

    Have a good week end.

    Joanny

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  2. Joanny, nothing about the new dog food?

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  3. It's good to get up in the morining knowing I am going to be greeted with a wonderful post. today is no exception.

    Yvonne.

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  4. I have always loved Giada!! I usually set my DVR to record shows that sound simple enough. If you've seen my blog you KNOW how I love Italian food!! Fun post! Have a great weekend!

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  5. "Ciao Chow"....you had me for a second there Marsha....that is hilarious!!

    Giada is not well known over here at all, I have only heard of her via US friends....in fact I have heard of her grandfather more than her!

    She's beautiful though for sure, love what she is wearing in that first image....and the food photos....WOW!!!

    Happy Wweek-end to you! xo

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  6. Hello,dear Marsha:-)*

    Such amazing nice person she is!
    Great open eyes,and so heavenly happy look!!!

    And oh,sweetheart M.,you know all about the dogs food,I can imagine,how much work do you have with you babies...:-)))*

    Love,
    ***Violetta***

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  7. I can't believe she's my age! Now I feel bad. I don't think she should do dog food! Jennifer:)

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  8. Hello Marsha. Wow she is one gorgeous chef.

    Happy Pink Saturday dear one.

    xo

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  9. Altho I do have her cookbooks and used to watch her on the food network tv, I got tired of her. I think she is great, but sometimes too over exposed...ha! No pun intended.
    She should stay away from dogfood. Leave it alone and continue doing what you love.
    Rachael's dog is their baby and that is why she broke into that side of the business. Giada doesn't have a dog to my knowlegde, so why go there. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  10. OK, guys...the dogfood is a JOKE!!!
    :)
    :)
    :)

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  11. She has such a gorgeous face... I agree with the comment about the blue/brown outfit. Your writing is hilarious -- I love it!!

    have a great weekend...

    xo

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  12. I am probably going to get some hate mail from this one, but, Rachel Ray is the most annoying celebrity chef (or whatever they call her) that I know. At least G. is cute. I haven't really watched her show, though. I hope there is some real cooking talent, not just hype for having a famous family.

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  13. I'm responding to Shiny Pebble via email & on the comments: Giada does have talent. She studied at the best and worked with the best before being "discovered." I don't think many people make the connection to her very famous grandfather & she doesn't discuss it on camera. Her personality is genuine (most people think it is not, but this is the real HER). Her husband is very successful, the chief designer at Anthropologie, & they have been together since 1989. A solid family woman. Anyone who thinks she is fake has never encountered a real Italian doing what they love to do. xx's

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  14. so neat to get a little more about her. she is so beautiful. love to watch her and I didn't know about her famous family connection.

    so funny about the photoshopping! I do notice that 'outstanding feature' of hers when she is on TV...!

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  15. She has to be the most beautiful chef! To look at these images, her smile, italian town as background and i feel I have embarked on a roman holiday

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  16. Happy Pink Saturday. Funny post. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Ok...this has been an emotional roller-coaster ride of a post!
    So here goes...
    Is this about promoting and appreciating the genuine talent and style of a delightful & quite humble woman who also happens to be a fabulous chef?
    Not sure.
    We love Giada & her recipes & enjoy them often around here. I'm just sayin....

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  18. I love Giada! She is a down to earth, beautiful, Italian woman who is a fantastic cook!! What's not to love! I love watching her. Dog food never!!!!!

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  19. I adore Giada! Her recipes never fail me!

    Thanks so much Marsha for your kind words on my blog. Your support means the world to me!

    xo
    Anne

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  20. Some people just seem to have it all and I'm glad that she found her niche :) She is gorgeous and the dog food was hilarious!!

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  21. I like her recipes are great one you get past the silly remarks and unnecessary cleavage. I wince every time she has her aunt Raffy cook with her. Giada looks at the camera to say "isn't my aunt stupid?". Why have the aunt over, who has much more experience, too cook with her only to change everything that is classic from the family and then change it and argue. Silly little Giada.

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Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, each of them mean so much to me. After all, the interaction is the reason we blog. xx's