Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis looks fit and fabulous on the May cover of Health magazine. In an accompanying interview, the Giada at Home host opens up about what’s on the menu for her 4-year-old daughter Jade (who “has become trickier to get excited about mealtime”), her family and on the moments she is the happiest.
On if she would consider writing a children’s cookbook: “I don’t believe in kids’ cookbooks. Jade eats what we eat – food the entire family eats. I grew up eating what my parents put in front of me.”
On her relationship with her family: “I wouldn’t be who I am today without my family. I’m a product of three people: my grandfather, who had the passion. His family owned a pasta factory in Naples before World War II, so he had a real passion for Italian food. My Aunt Raffy, who’s on the show a lot, is the creative one. She brings me recipes from all over the world. And my mom. She has four children and had to get food on the table as quickly as possible. My mom [taught me] speed.”
On the moments when she is happiest: “I’m happiest when I’m in my own kitchen without any cameras. I’m cooking for my daughter and husband, and they’re hanging out with me.”
Continue reading the rest of Giada’s interview in the May issue of Health magazine on newsstands now.