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Giada de Laurentiis Covers Ladies' Home Journal April 2012

Posted Thursday March 8, 2012 10:39 AM GMT

She's helped cooks around the world whip up delectable Italian dishes, and now Giada de Laurentiis finds herself featured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Ladies' Home Journal.

The 41-year-old Italian American chef posed in a chic Phillip Lim frock for the publication's front page while delivering a batch of surely tasty new recipes and opening up during a revealing personal interview.

Highlights from Giada's column are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Ladies' Home Journal!

On what changed her mind about having kids:
"To be honest, I got pregnant by accident. I didn't even admit the pregnancy to myself until I started showing at five months. I remember going into labor and saying to my husband, 'Oh my God, this baby is going to change our lives forever.' It was a scary moment. But our daughter has been such a joy, and now I can't imagine life without her. Everyone asks when I'm going to have another one. I'm 41. The clock is ticking. If it happens, it happens."

On how she's able to stay calm with her busy schedule:
"Any woman with children and a career feels a lot of stress. We think we are superwomen, but we're not, and it's okay to ask for help. My husband puts my daughter to bed and gets her up the morning. And I have two wonderful woman who help take care of Jade with me. But I want my daughter to see a strong woman who goes after what she wants. I used to feel so guilty when I left to travel for work, but now I think of it is my escape. It gives my husband time to miss me, and it's bonding time for him and Jade."

On what giving and getting validation means to her:
"It meant the world to me when my grandfather said to me shortly before he died, 'I'm proud of you. You were able to make such a life for yourself that didn't have anything to do with me.' Of course, my family is a big part of what I do. But hearing that, I suddenly felt like I was good enough, that my family really liked me. At and the day, that's what I care about."

Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe for Ladies' Home Journal