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ALA Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2013
Contact: Mary Mackay
Giada at ALA Annual Conference
CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees are likely to have a mouth-watering experience when Giada De Laurentiis—Emmy Award-winning star of the Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise and Giada at Home, author of six cookbooks and more —appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 30.
Born in Rome, De Laurentiis grew up in a big Italian family that spent a lot of time together in the kitchen, where she discovered her love of cooking. She honed her skills at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles before founding her own catering company. Her new deliciously fun “Recipe for Adventure” book series with Penguin Young Readers Group is about a brother and sister whose lives take a magical turn when their fabulous great aunt comes to live with them. The books are a perfect blend of adventure, humor, and foods that middle grade readers will enjoy. The first two books in the series, "Naples!" and "Paris!" will be published in Fall 2013, each one inspired by the author’s love of a certain city and/or cuisine.
De Laurentiis has served as a celebrity ambassador for the international relief organization, Oxfam America, highlighting the struggles of the billion people around the world who are chronically hungry. Her appearance at ALA Annual Conference is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers.
Attendees interested in this program will also want to make the most of the What's Cooking @ ALA Cooking Demonstration Stage in the exhibit hall, where the Cookbook Pavilion will offer outstanding displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will be there every day to prepare the hottest recipes and to autograph their latest books.
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