Giada De Laurentiis Talks Food & Family

Everyday Italian star Giada De Laurentiis graces the cover of the May issue of Redbook magazine.

The chef extraordinaire dishes on family life with her husband of 7 years, fashion designer Todd Thompson, and their 14-month-old daughter Jade. It seems little Jade has inherited her mom’s culinary love: “She sits on my hip when I cook,” Giada, 38, says.”And there’s such amazement in her eyes.”

Here are some of the interview highlights:

On how motherhood has changed her: “Well, it definitely changed my workload. Ha! But at the end of the day, I think I was more selfish before I had Jade. Kids help you become more compassionate. I joined the charity Oxfam, which helps to improve kids’ lives all over the world. I realized that I wanted this world to be better. I stopped thinking of just my own mortality; I started thinking about the life we’re leaving for someone else.”

On cooking with kids: “Jade and I cook together. She crawls around me in the kitchen. Now she’s at a point where she wants to see what’s happening, so I pick her up. I give her little tastes of the food and she’s like, ‘Mmm!’ Sometimes there’s nothing on the spoon and she still goes, ‘Mmm!'”

On Jade’s healthy appetite: “She loves grilled lamb chops and eats quinoa. My sister has a fussy eater. I always tell her, ‘If you make vegetables in a boring way, he’s not going to eat them.’ So now she melts a little Fontina cheese, and her little boy dips the broccoli in the cheese. You have to make food fun.”

On the secret to her 20-year relationship with her husband Todd: “In the beginning, I was there to help him in his career. Now he’s where he wants to be, and he helps me in mine. I think it’s such a wonderful evolution of a relationship. And it’s so cool how we can kind of divvy it up. You know, most men want to be in the limelight and have the woman take care of them. You have to balance that. There have to be times where it’s about Todd, when I’m Todd’s wife and that’s just who I am at that moment. And then there are times when it’s about me.”

On deciding to have a family: “One of my younger brothers was diagnosed with skin cancer at 29 and passed away not too long after that. We were very close. He always wanted to have children, but he didn’t get to. And after he died, I remember thinking, You know, maybe there’s a place in my heart for someone else other than all the people I already have in my life. I know I was very afraid…. My brother’s passing made me afraid, I think because I was afraid that we could have a child and lose him or her too. I didn’t know if I could go through that kind of pain with anybody else the way I did with my brother. So for a while, I was very down on the whole idea. I thought, I don’t want to have any more relationships. I don’t want to have anybody that close to me. But a few years later, I thought, If I never have a child, that might be the saddest thing for me.”

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  1. Anonymous

    I have always been a fan of Giada, now that she has a baby it is even more exciting to see her entertain us with even more exciting dishes and have some episodes with her husband and child.

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