World Chefs: Ferrare serves up homey family fare

Tue Apr 5, 2011 6:03am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Cristina Ferrare 's face has graced the covers of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, but in her new cookbook the former model, actress, and talk show host spotlights the simple pleasures of family, friends and Italian home cooking.

"Big Bowl of Love," which shares its title with the cooking show Ferrare hosts on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), dishes up more than 150 of Ferrare's homey recipes, along with her equally down-to-earth advice on pulling together a family dinner in 30 minutes, stretching one meal into two, and setting up a pantry.

Ferrare, 61, spoke to Reuters from her Los Angeles home about Italian comfort food and the flavorsome ties that bind.

Q: How did you come to write this cookbook?

A: "Big Bowl of Love" is my second cookbook. I've been working on it for the last year and a half. It was perfect timing that the book came out at the same time I was hosting the show."

Q: What was the idea behind "Big Bowl of Love?"

A: "I wanted cooking to be not scary. I wanted people to see they can put together a home-cooked meal easily. It takes just as much time to wash a fresh salad as it does to open up a can.

"It's also about bringing a family together. For me the kitchen is the core for keeping communication open with your family, your kids, your friends. I wanted to show how easy it is to save time, save money and still be able to feed your family well."   Continued...