Yummy Honeys: Giada De Laurentiis

Solo picture for the Sobe Wine & Food Fest – sobewineandfoodfest.com

Image taken from http://www.giadadelaurentiis.info

It’s only natural that the other love of my life, Giada de Laurentiis kicks off theimportanceofsalt.com’s Yummy Honeys section.

I’ve been crushing on Giada ever since freshmen year when I saw her cooking show “Everyday Italian.” She was captivatingly beautiful and would switch to an alluring Italian accent whenever she pronounced Italian words. Pancetta and spaghetti never sounded as sexy. I don’t know if its intentional, but there seems to be an undercurrent of eroticism to her shows, from the way she talks and holds her kitchen tools, to the way she puts food in her mouth. Or maybe Giada naturally exudes such raw sensuality.  Watching her show was instrumental in stimulating my interest for cooking.

Giada from her Jan. 2007 Town & Country magazine http://www.townandcountrymag.com

Image taken from http://www.giadadelaurentiis.info

She was also instrumental in teaching me the basics of cooking. Unlike some of the other hosts on the Food Network, Giada can really cook. She trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris then worked in LA’s kitchens, most notably at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. She then founded her own catering company. Her expertise translates into her show. She does a great job of explaining the various culinary terms and demonstrating basic technique. I actually credit Giada for teaching me how to cook. I was heartbroken when she lost the “Iron Chef” match with her and Bobby Flay against Mario Batali and Rachel Ray. I’ve always wondered why she wasn’t paired with Batali, who she is a friend with.

Black & White – Giada from her Jan. 2007 Town & Country magazine – http://www.townandcountrymag.com

Image taken from http://www.giadadelaurentiis.info

When I was in college I heard she was doing a cooking demo and book signing at Turning Stone, a casino/resort on an Indian reservation about a 45-minute drive from Syracuse. Jenny (who has a girl crush on Giada) and I so wanted to go. But it would have cost $80 each way. We couldn’t afford it at that time. That day, I made meeting Giada one of my life goals.

South Beach Wine & Food Fest in FL — Giada’s demo. Image taken from http://www.giadadelaurentiis.info

Almost two years later I get a call from Aarti, a friend of mine from Syracuse who knows how deep my Giada love runs. Her boyfriend (now fiancé and soon to be husband in August,) Raj was invited to an architect and designer’s event. Giada was the guest of honor. Aarti invited me to come along.

Baywatch! Image taken from http://www.giadadelaurentiis.info

I don’t get star-stuck. I’ve seen a few movie stars while in New York and I could have hardly cared. But while waiting for Raj outside the building in midtown with Aarti, we spotted Giada walking up with her husband, Todd. Giada looked absolutely stunning. I was reduced to an incoherent mess. But I gathered up my wits to ask for an autograph for my Giada cookbook. Todd smoothly and politely stepped in, saying that they had to go in as they were almost late and to look for them inside. (Insert sad face here.)

“Giada in Paradise” promo shot from FoodNetwork.com, having dinner with her husband, Todd.

Image taken from http://www.giadadelaurentiis.info

Once Raj came, we went in and headed for the canapés, which was excellent, and the free wine. After about 30 minutes, we spotted Giada. I don’t know if it was because of the wine or because I was just in her presence, but I felt very lightheaded. As we approached, Todd greeted us and said he was beginning to wonder if we were going to find them. He apologized for having to rush earlier when we me, but they had to be here by a certain time. Todd was certainly a nice guy. Giada was just lovely as well. She was very approachable and friendly, even towards a bubbly, excitable mess that I was that day. We chatted for a bit after she autographed my copy of her book, then Todd took pictures for us. We bumped into them a few more times before we left. I hope I wasn’t too annoying, gushing every time we met. It was a dream come true to meet her. I’m forever grateful to Aarti and Raj for giving me that wonderful opportunity.

Me, Giada,  Raj and Aarti. Todd took our picture.

Here is a really funny, and well made video about Giada on Youtube:

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6 responses to “Yummy Honeys: Giada De Laurentiis

  1. dave…that clip is disgusting.

  2. and so totally your humor

  3. Mahnaz: Three guys, Giada, some herb and a mis-used sausage = genius.

  4. YOU ARE SO FUCKING HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

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