Magazine article Sunset

Giada De Laurentiis

Magazine article Sunset

Giada De Laurentiis

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LOS ANGELES

The queen of Italian cuisine talks about food shopping, and easy weeknight cooking

Her new book It's called Everyday Pasta, and it's a book I always wanted to write. Before World War II, my family had a pasta factory in Naples, Italy. My grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, sold pasta. Even after he went to work as an actor and then as a producer, he still made pasta. The book has recipes he made with me, plus things I came up with on my own-newer, easier recipes.

Making great pasta You need lots of salted water-the pasta needs to be able to swim. I like to pull my pasta out and let it finish cooking in the saucepan, so it catches the flavor of the sauce.

Cooking for Mother's Day I love to start with a Bellini bar. Take a bottle of prosecco (sparkling wine) and then purée blueberries and strawberries and peaches and put them into three little pitchers. I also do this breakfast scramble: eggs, orzo pasta, pancetta, and fresh asparagus.

Food shopping I go to the Santa Monica Farmers' Market on Wednesdays-that's the best produce day. …

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