Into the Fire: Giada De Laurentiis on Her Las Vegas Gamble and How She Came Out Smokin'


Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners will be treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brings her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of this month. In anticipation, senior editor Elena North-Kelly caught up with De Laurentiis about her favorite recipes, biggest on-screen disasters, how she overcame her greatest personal and professional hurdles, and more.


JBF: What inspired the menu for your upcoming Beard House dinner? Are there any particular dishes that you’re most... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 5, 2014


Tips and tricks for making the perfect pie crust. [Epicurious]


Smoked, fermented, and hand-crafted foods delivered straight to your door: a prediction of the food trends of 2015. [Chicago Tribune]


The U.S. Army looks to 3-D printing for the future of feeding the troops. [NPR]


A reflection on the changing definition of "celebrity chef." [FWF]


A new Chicago-based app transforms restaurant leftovers into meals for those in need. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: March 27 through April 2

On the Menu
Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Sunday, March 27, 6:oo P.M.
Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market
Lined with grocers and charming eateries, Chelsea Market is New York’s one-stop shop for every gourmand’s needs. Back by popular demand, this convivial Friends of James Beard Benefit will feature a diverse group of talented chefs who will gather under its roof to prepare the ultimate family-style meal.

Monday, March 28, 7:00 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour
The Celebrity Chef Tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities around the country. At each Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, some of the nation’s top chefs come... Read more >

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