I wish I could be as thin as Jessica Simpson. I think she looks gorgeous! I have had Jessica on my show several times and I can tell you that girl is genuine and funny with a great self-deprecating sense of humor.
I tried to bake a cake for my mother’s birthday – it took me four hours. It was terrible and I cried for three days.
I started running 3 miles every morning after throat surgery to remove a cyst last year. The gym used to be my adversary. But that has all changed. Now I look forward to it every morning.
I don’t think young men or women should feel pressured into marriage. You shouldn’t marry anyone in my opinion who you have to try hard for.
I do 280 episodes of TV a year write 15 recipes for the magazine and publish an annual book. With all of that we try to get one weekend a month with Isaboo at our home in the Adirondacks to relax and recharge.
I have this extraordinary life during the day and then I get to come home to my sweet husband who loves to cook with me. I have a nice glass of wine he has some scotch we chat we cook and we hang out with the dog. I have an absolute dream life.
I live in literally the same home when I was swiping my first bank card and wondering if I’d have to put back the Charmin. We still don’t have a dishwasher. My mom has done all these gardens so now my house looks like the garden shack in the middle of Versailles.
Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home. I always tried to make my home like my mother’s because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck when it came to decorating and food. Like a true Italian she valued beautification in every area of her life and I try to do the same.
I don’t categorize food as bad or a guilty pleasure.
It only looks like I get to eat a lot of food on TV. I really just get the one bite and the crew and guests eat everything else.
My husband cooks fancier food for himself than I’ve ever cooked on-air. I call him from the road and he’s making champagne-vanilla salmon or black-cherry pork chop. Half of me is feeling unworthy. Not only am I not a chef I’m not a better cook than my own husband!
My mom who’s been in the restaurant business for 40 years is the number-one influence in my life. But I look up to a lot of people in the industry. Tops on my list is Mario Batali. My mom and Mario taught me the same lesson: Food is love.
Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet – the fish guy at your market the lady at the local diner farmers cheese makers. Ask questions try everything and eat up!
The magazine the daytime show we’ve always tried to write affordable accessible. Those are key words for us and I do mean us a huge staff of people at the magazine who love to cook affordable friendly food that helps families eat better for less.
We created a line of pet food called Nutrish that’s made to human standards and 100 percent of the proceeds go to animal rescue. One of our top-tier donors is the ASPCA and they help us challenge animal shelters all across the country to get more animals placed in homes.
When I do a 30-minute meal for instance on Food Network that’s my food you see at the end of the show and it’s not perfect. And if sometimes things break or drop or the pasta hits the wall when I’m draining it they never stop tape. They just kind of let me go with it.
When you’re out grocery shopping for your family maybe you can put a can of cat or dog food in your cart and bring it to an animal relief center.
You know food is such – it’s a hug for people.