"When I was a kid, for my birthday every year, my mother made me pasta bechamel, which is rigatoni with a white cream sauce."
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."Giada De Laurentiis on Voltaire
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."Giada De Laurentiis on Oprah Winfrey
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."Giada De Laurentiis on Jim Valvano
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity."Giada De Laurentiis on Eleanor Roosevelt
"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."Giada De Laurentiis on Brian Tracy
"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."
"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."