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" Eating well, being around the table with the family or friends or relatives - it doesn't get any better. "
" For me, it's the ultimate to be able to nurture and nourish someone. They trust you. It's a basic form of intimacy in a community. "
" I develop trust, and I think it's the most important to my growth. If my restaurants are always full and my books sell, it's this trust. "
" Italy is so influenced by others: couscous in the south, cinnamon in the north because of the Venetian spice trade - I just want to divulge as much information as I can. "
" I had my first child at 21, my first restaurant at 24. "
" Why do you think millennials are so into food? It's the way they relate to each other. "
" Physically, women have some challenges in the kitchen, like lifting heavy pots on and off the stove. You learn to adapt; you learn to find a way. But the biggest challenge for women in this industry is how to balance a family with such a demanding career. "
" Julia Child came to my house and wanted a lesson in making risotto. "
" Traditions are our roots and a profile of who we are as individuals and who we are as a family. They are our roots, which give us stability and a sense of belonging - they ground us. "
" Nature recharges me. "
" I am the perfect example that if you give somebody a chance, especially here in the United States, one can find the way. "
" If I'm not tasting wine and food... I'm thinking about wine and food. If I'm not thinking about wine and food... I'm writing about wine and food. "
" I love making apple strudel. "
" The Caprese salad perfectly represents the colors of the Italian flag. While I am not so sure that the colors of the flag stem from the cuisine, there is no denying that those colors do evoke a typical Italian plate. "
" When I first came here, Italian food wasn't anything I recognized. I didn't know what Italian American food was; we never ate it at home. It was the food of immigrants who came here and made use of the ingredients they had. "
" I am blessed that the food business is good for me. Good to me. "
" Italians are very conscious of what they eat, how they eat, and its digestion. "
" When I say, 'Everybody to the table and eat,' I mean it. That is the glue, the center that holds the family, that gives security. Good food brings everybody to the table. "
" Whether you talk about the olive oil, whether you talk about Aceto Balsamico, whether you talk about Grana Padano, whether you talk about Mozzarella di Bufala. These are all traditional Italian products that are hard to beat, and they're easy to transport and buy. You don't have to do much around it. Just eat them. "
" I was an immigrant. I came here at 12. We were caught behind the Iron Curtain until I was 10. "
" What I learned being a young child was respect for food. Don't throw anything away. "
" I'm simple in my approach and straightforward. I connect with the average person that is interested in food. "
" When we're filming, I sometimes look into the camera and wonder who's out there, who will be watching. "
" I think that lunch is one of the most enjoyable and important things in the day. But you need to create the space and the time to do just that. And in Italy, we do that. "
" You can freeze a nice sponge cake and then have a strawberry shortcake any time. "
" A box of spaghetti can take seven minutes to cook, and you can make a sauce at that time with perhaps garlic, olive oil, and zucchini. Then you've got yourself a complete meal. The whole thing shouldn't take more than half an hour. "
" I love telling stories. You know why I love it? Because people love listening. "
" My grandmother taught me the seasonality of food. She lived with the rhythms of nature. That's the way we should live. Why do we need raspberries in January flown from Chile? "
" It's important to let children fly on their own. I understood that they needed to create their own life and not be my shadow. Let them make their own decisions, and support them along the way. "
" Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions. "
" We had our wheat. We made our own olive oil. We made our wine. We had chickens, ducks; we had sheep, cows, milk. So I was raised in a very simple situation but understanding really food from the ground... the essence of food and the flavors. And those memories I took with me, and I think that they lingered on. "