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May 18, 2007 01:52 PM

Just noticed Giada... am I behind the times?

Just noticed tv personality/chef Giada De Laurentiis. Am I behind the times?

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  1. Yes, a little bit. She's a competent cooking show host but you haven't missed out on anything truly special. Well, maybe the cleavage.

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    1. re: inuksuk

      And the freakishly short arms.

      Her recipes do always look tasty and straight-forward, so I appreciate that. She also is a fairly regular contributor to the Today Show, even doing non-food coverage.

      1. re: Megiac

        On her show she looks like a bobble-heead, but on different shows she is on thats not the case. It must be the camera angle

        1. re: Amanda please

          It is the camera angle. Whenever possible they film her just slightly from above to... to... well, essentially to peek down her blouse. Just a little bit. But that angle means her head is closer to the camera than the rest of her body so that's the trade off.

      2. re: inuksuk

        I must be behind the times because I noticed the yards of cleavage just yesterday, when Bobbie Flay couldn't keep his eyes on the food. But it really wasn't his fault. I'd have been watching to make sure the garlic didn't disappear.

      3. She's already on her second FoodNetwork series.

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        1. re: mojoeater

          What about her stands out? Does she do more than cook?

          1. re: Lorelai

            It's hard to say. She's probably the most attractive host on FN. Her foods are very simple, so inexperienced cooks like her recipes. In addition to Everyday Italian, she hosts one of those travel shows on FN. Can't remember the name. Her grandfather is Dino De Laurentiis, one of the more accomplished Hollywood producers.

            1. re: mojoeater

              The other show is Weekend Getaways. I have 2 of her cookbooks and find her recipes really easy, healthy and delicious. She uses tons of fresh herbs in everything so that definitely helps the flavors!

            2. re: Lorelai

              Well, other than her lineage (granddaughter to Dino De Laurentis), she's what inuksuk says - a competent cooking show host. But people on this board have said that they've tried her recipes and say they're pretty good.

            3. re: mojoeater

              She's actually on her third FN series:
              1. Everyday Italian
              2. Behind the Bash
              3. Giada's Weekend Getaways (or something like that)

              I'm an accomplished cook and I still like her simple and quick Italian inspired dishes. And, for what its worth, all of her recipes that I've tried actually work (which is more than I can say for many of the FN hosts).

              1. re: chemchef

                OK Obviously I should read the board instead of just responding to a comment right off the bat LOL

              2. re: mojoeater

                3rd no? Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, and now what the H*ll is it called Weekend Getaways?

              3. I really like Giada's cooking show (everyday italian, I think). I can take or leave her 'behind the bash' party show or the travel one.

                IMHO, her love of the food really shines through. I really relate to her style of cooking -- fresh Meditteranian & Italian with minimal fuss. A respect for culinary tradition, but not a slave to it. I want to eat just about everything she makes.

                1. She seems to be getting groomed for a regular spot on the 'Today' show. They're adding an hour and are looking for hosts.

                  I have to admit I’m a little surprised that you have missed her thus far. Considering FN’s remarkable propensity for using the same three or four people in the same two or three shows.

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                  1. re: Withnail42

                    Thanks for your help! I looked into her this weekend and she does seem to be everywhere. I didn't know that about the Today Show... do you think she is just another pretty face they are adding to their line-up and should I tune in?

                  2. I really love Everyday Italian. Her passion shines through although she sometimes treats family members assisting her like they are idiots, but honestly i would do the same with my own family. I have the cookbook too and use it quite a bit - lots of easy go-to tasty meals. One of my faves is the baked rigatoni with prosciutto, My waistline, however, is not a fan.

                    Watching her Chefography made me like her even more. She followed her passion for food (not the family biz entertainment industry) and I respect her for that. She may have ended up on tv, but it was for something she was good at.

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                    1. re: stolenchange

                      I couldn't bring myself to delete her chefography from my TiVo for almost 2 months. My boyfriend finally issued an ultimatum, because I'd watched the thing so many times.