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Giada's Feel Good Food

As far as celebrity chefs go, Giada De Laurentiis, holds the title beautifully. She's earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host. Her popular daytime cooking show Everyday Italian feature quick, healthy, satisfying Italian dishes. In her new book, Giada's Feel Good Food, published by Random House, she shares her healthy recipes and secrets. 

Wherever she goes, fans ask Giada the same question: How can she cook and eat all of that delicious food she cooks on television, and still look so fabulous? Finally, Giada is letting everyone in on her secrets, sharing the delicious, easy recipes she uses to maximize energy and remain fit. 

With a calorie count and nutritional analysis for each recipe, you'll be able to keep track of your daily intake. The recipes in the book are categorized into the following categories (ensuring you get your fix of every delicious indulgence -- but in a healthy way): 

breakfast - juices and smoothies - lunch - snacks - dinner - dessert 

Giada insists that this is not a diet book and she doesn't believe in diets. They are touch to stick to she says, and encourage a sense of deprivation or missing out, resulting in a roller-coaster weight loss and gain -- and the mood swings that come along with that. "I'm not a yo-yo and I can't put my mind or body through that," she says. Giada is happy to state that in her forties, she is healthier than she was in her twenties and thirties. And, she still loves chocolate -- that will never change. 

GIADA's #1 philosophy on eating:
Eat a little of everything, but not a lot of anything. 

To help you get started easily, the chef provides a chart: A month of feel good meals. If you follow along, you'll be able to prepare delicious daily meals without having to think too much about the dreaded challenge "what's for dinner?" 

A delightful extra in the book are Giada's beauty routines, which include olive oil on her hair, and her favourite translucent pinks for her nails while filming. Okay, here are some brands: Essie Ballet Slipper, Angel Food Cake, and OPI Bubble Bath.