Q: What was the inspiration behind your new book, Giada's Feel Good Food?
A: My fans. They've been asking me for years how I do it...how I cook so much food and manage to stay fit. Much like my approach to the kitchen, I wanted to give them something tangible, easy to conquer, to get fit. Being healthy doesn't have to be a drag or super complicated. It is literally about moving from moment to moment with more awareness...making small adjustments will make all the difference!
Q: Is it challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a cooking career? How have you found balance over the years?
A: Sure. I have to eat multiple meals a day, tasting things that aren't necessarily meant to be ingested together. It's all about portion control...and giving a lot of food to the neighbors! Just because I make two dozen muffins while testing a recipe doesn't mean I have to eat them all!
Giada De Laurentiis is the star of Food Network's Everyday Italian and Giada at Home, a judge on Food Network Star, a contributing correspondent for NBC's Today show, and the author of six New York Times bestselling cookbooks. This fall, she released the new cookbook Giada's Feel Good Food, a collection of healthy recipes and secrets for staying fit. She has also begun a new children's book series called Giada De Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure, which transports readers to famous food cities around the world.
Giada attended the Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant in Los Angeles before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade.