"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 want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Giada De Laurentiis on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Giada De Laurentiis on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Giada De Laurentiis on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Giada De Laurentiis on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Giada De Laurentiis on Benjamin Franklin
"When I was a kid, for my birthday every year, my mother made me pasta bechamel, which is rigatoni with a white cream sauce."
"I wasn't looking to get into TV. My family was in the movie business, so I was never interested in that world."
"These days it's cool to be ethnic and to be different, but when I was a kid, it was not cool - at all. My friends would come over and my mom would make crepes with eggs, stuffed with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and spinach. And they'd be like, 'What is this?'"
"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."
"To a billion people around the world surviving on just a dollar a day, the question of what to eat tonight is more about life and death than about recipes. The struggle of poor people around the globe weighs heavily on me, especially now that I am a mother, which is why I work with Oxfam."