May celebrates Mother’s Day, and Mediterrano celebrates a few famous female chefs - Mothers or not.
We all have our favorite memory of a TV or movie Italian mother cooking Sunday dinner for large extended multi-generational family. Short and stout; dressed in a house smock and animated more than a Disney character.
Today’s generation of female Italian Chefs are far from our homely grandmother stereotype. They’re beautiful, smart, entrepreneurial and fashionista’s.
Here are a few of those we salute this May, the month of Mother’s (and Italian cooking).
Mother Of One
Giada Pamela De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy, the eldest child of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband, actor-producer Alex De Benedetti. De Benedetti was a close associate of Giada's maternal grandfather, film producer Dino De Laurentiis. As a child, Giada often found herself in the family's kitchen and spent a great deal of time at her grandfather's restaurant, DDL Foodshow. Her parents were married in February 1970 but were later divorced. After her parents' divorce, Giada and her siblings moved to Southern California, where they took their mother's surname. After graduating from Marymount High School in Los Angeles, De Laurentiis attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning her bachelor's degree in social anthropology in 1996.
Mother To Us All
You don’t have to be Italian to cook great Italian fare, nor be known for just Italian cuisine. Julia proved this to us. Julia Carolyn Child (née McWilliams;August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.
Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Child
Mother Of A Busy Lifestyle & Budget
Rachael Ray (born August 25, 1968) is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity cook, and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray, and three Food Network series (30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels, and $40 a Day).
Ray says her Sicilian maternal grandfather, Emmanuel Scuderi, and her Cajun ancestry strongly influence on her cooking. She uses ingredients such as fresh herbs, garlic, and chicken stock to boost flavors, and believes measuring "takes away from the creative, hands-on process of cooking". She, instead, favors approximations such as "half a palmful".
Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachael_Ray