Celebrity Picks: Giada De Laurentiis' Favorite Recent Reads

Seira Wilson on May 21, 2018

Giada_MayCelebPick_225.jpgGiada De Laurentiis is one of the most recognizable celebrity chefs of today.  The star of multiple shows on the Food Network, including Everyday Italian, and a bestselling cookbook author, De Laurentiis has made Italian cuisine with a healthier, modern twist her hallmark.  Fresh ingredients, simply prepared, De Laurentiis has inspired many a home cook with her delicious and accessible recipes--her Lamb Ragu with Mint has long been a personal favorite. 

In De Laurentiis' latest cookbook, Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita, is wonderfully personal, as she whisks readers off to her native Rome, sharing stories and recipes from her roots colored by envy-inducing photographs. Giada's Italy is divided into the way she and other Italians eat (Weeknights, La Dolce Vita, Lunch, In-Betweens) and magnifies the cooking style we've come to associate with her: old Italian flavor for today's home cook.

*Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita was an editors' pick for the Best Cookbooks of April

We asked De Laurentiis which books she had read and enjoyed lately, and here are her answers.

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Out of Line by Barbara Lynch

It’s an inspiring story about a woman coming out of poverty in Boston and becoming one of Boston’s premiere chefs. It’s about girl power in the cooking world. An inspiring read!

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggie Orenstein

This is for parents of young girls. It’s about the “princess” phenomena young girls are facing today-- the pressure for girls to look a certain way or find their prince-charming— and how to cope with it all. It’s hilarious and wise all at once.

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The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

About an American couple who moves to Sienna in the 1950’s. Seeing the "antiquated" culture of postwar/cold war Italy through the eyes of Americans, obsessed with modern convenience and progress, sort of mirrors my Italy to America transition in a fun way -- plus there are spies! Affairs! and lot of food!!

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