'Giada De Laurentiis' on Serious Eats

This Bites: Why Are Women Depicted Differently from Men in Food Photography?

I was at the New York Wine and Food Festival's Meatball Madness event last Thursday night when I was suddenly struck with the bizarreness of celebrity food paparazzi. I was part of the starstruck crowd gathered around Giada de Laurentiis's meatball stand, hoping for a glimpse of the Food Network star. She was there, looking (surprise) exactly like she does on her show, smiling with remarkable persistence. "Take a bite for us!" shouted a photographer jostling behind me. "Giada, can I have your balls?" cried someone else. More

Blogwatch: Berry Mascarpone Cupcakes

How luscious are these berry mascarpone cupcakes? Kristin, of Pickycook, adapts a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis and shows how easy frosting can be—just purée some frozen berries and add confectioner's sugar. This is a great alternative for those who detest froofy buttercreams and the like. I love buttercream, but, hey, (wo)man can't live on buttercream alone. The mascarpone cake base is also a nice twist to the usual yellow or chocolate cake.... More

Cook the Book: 'Giada's Kitchen'

On September 26, just four days shy of the publication of her fourth cookbook, Giada's Kitchen, Giada de Laurentiis launched a social-networking website. When I last checked on Sunday night, she already had 1,026 members. That means more than 100 new people are signing up every day. With numbers like that it's hard to argue with the jacket copy, which states that Giada "has become America's best-loved Italian cook." While I'm not about to create a profile for myself (I'm not even on Facebook), I must admit that I, too, am a Giada fan. Years ago a friend prepared a fabulous feast centered around her recipe for Spaghetti with Clams, and I frequently serve her Tuscan Mushrooms (stuffed with... More

Giada's Social Network

Giada De Laurentiis gets all Web 2.0 with her own social network, but so far only has 123 members. David Hasselhoff's Hoffspace, on the other hand, has 16,000 members.... More

Cindy McCain Allegedly Lifting Recipes from Food Network

Cindy McCain; Giada De Laurentiis In what it's calling "Farfallegate," the Huffington Post breaks a huge story sure to derail Senator John McCain's bid for the presidency. Cindy McCain has allegedly been lifting recipes from the Food Network site, including those of Giada De Laurentiis: On a section of McCain's site called "Cindy's Recipes," you can find seven recipes attributed to Cindy McCain, each with the heading "McCain Family Recipe." Ms. Handel quickly realized that some of the "McCain Family Recipes," were in fact, word-for-word copies of recipes on the Food Network site.At least three of the "McCain Family Recipes" appear to be lifted directly from the Food Network, while at least one is a Rachael Ray recipe with... More

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