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" I had my first child at 21, my first restaurant at 24. "
" 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. "
" My grandmother was the genesis of my connection and passion to food. "
" Italians are very conscious of what they eat, how they eat, and its digestion. "
" I am blessed that the food business is good for me. Good to me. "
" I cherish my beautiful Italian heritage. "
" I started in the restaurant industry when I was 22, so I've had quite a long tenure, if you will. "
" I was born in Allied-controlled Pola. At the end of World War II, the victorious wartime Allied powers negotiated the details of peace treaties and borders with Italy, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Finland. The Paris Treaty was signed on February 10, 1947. I was born a few days later. "
" I am a transporter of the Italian culture - culinary culture, family culture - because I love it, I thrive in it, and I think it's the right way. "
" All of my books have been about authentic Italian food in Italy and bringing that message about simple and authentic food. "
" Telling my grandchildren stories of my growing up is some of our favorite times spent together. They want to know what it was like and what I did as a child. They seem to be especially interested in the organic and simplistic setting I grew up in. "
" Italian food is seasonal. It is simple. It is nutritionally sound. It is flavorful. It is colorful. It's all the things that make for a good eating experience, and it's good for you. "
" I think traditions change and modify with each generation. With new members joining the family, their customs and traditions have to be respected and combined with the exiting traditions. And the children that follow are part of that new evolving tradition and, as they grow, will have input that will, in turn, continue to evolve that tradition. "
" Cooking is good therapy for me. "
" Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions. "
" I just love engaging a live audience - I love that. "
" I'm simple in my approach and straightforward. I connect with the average person that is interested in food. "
" What I learned being a young child was respect for food. Don't throw anything away. "
" I found great rewards in cooking a dish and feeding it to someone. It was a means of communicating. I was giving part of my talent or my gift and sharing it with somebody, making somebody happy. And it gave a lot back to me, and I wanted to do more and more. "
" You should just feel comfortable with food and your own culinary culture, whatever your mother and grandmother know. "
" With the Industrial Revolution, the production of food was delegated to big companies in order for women and men to be in the labour force, to come home, stick something in the oven, and eat. It became a big industry that does not have a love affair with food nor is really concerned about nurturing you or giving you the right nutrition. "
" What really makes your business is your workers - their commitment, their knowledge, how you train them, how you treat them. They have to make the entity a winning entity. "
" What I continuously remember is when I was a child in the courtyard with my grandmother and we milked the goat and we made the ricotta. The still-warm ricotta from our goat, on top of a piece of bread, and we used to sprinkle just a little bit of honey or sugar on it. That flavor, that stays in my memory. "
" 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 was an immigrant. I came here at 12. We were caught behind the Iron Curtain until I was 10. "
" Eating is something we all have to do. When we sit down at the table, we nurture ourselves, and hence, all our resistance goes away. We are open to receiving good and taking it in with gusto and pleasure. "
" When I started as a young chef, I was Italian, and I was a woman, and everyone else in New York was French and a man. "
" I love making apple strudel. "
" 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. "
" When we're filming, I sometimes look into the camera and wonder who's out there, who will be watching. "
" I am the perfect example that if you give somebody a chance, especially here in the United States, one can find the way. "