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Teresa Giudice Teresa Giudice

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As a New York Times best-selling author, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice is taking the food world by storm. The fearless TV personality is emerging as a burgeoning businesswoman through her irresistible Italian-based cookbooks and forthcoming business ventures.

Initially launched into the spotlight through her participation on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," Teresa has delivered high ratings for the series in which she stars with her friends and family. Captivating the country's attention as a relatable working mom, Teresa has been featured on various magazine covers, including People, Us Weekly, In Touch, and Woman's World.

It is to her deep-rooted Italian heritage that Teresa owes her culinary skill - as well as her passion and drive. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Sala Consilina, a rustic town in Southern Italy. As a young girl, she learned the nuances of making homemade pasta, the ins and outs of olive oil, and the best tricks for making delicious red sauces. Her tight-knit family also taught her the value of hard work and fortitude - which plays out in all of Teresa's endeavors.

Teresa's expertise in authentic Italian cooking led her to success with the publication of her two New York Times best-selling books, "Skinny Italian" (Hyperion) and "Fabulicious!: Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook" (Running Press). "Skinny Italian" showcases the health benefits of Old World Italian cuisine by creating simple, tasty Italian recipes boosted with flavor from fresh herbs. Through this inaugural title, Teresa inspired a generation of mothers to get in the kitchen and build confidence by cooking for their families. Fan favorites like her Gorgeous Garlic Shrimp, Veal Piccata and Fettucine Alfredo teach readers that it is possible to eat home-cooked, fresh Italian cuisine while still fitting into one's skinny jeans.

"Fabulicious" combines Teresa's two passions - food and family - in 60 more Italian "a la Giudice" recipes. Serving as a complete Italian cooking resource, "Fabulicious" reveals how her family keeps tradition alive by making time-honored dishes from scratch. Teresa is proud to share her techniques passed down from her parents for making homemade pasta, gnocchi, risotto, Italian bread, and more. A follow-up to this bestseller, Teresa will release her third cookbook, "Fabulicious: Fast & Fit" (Running Press) in May 2012. She'll share 70 original low-fat, quick-prep recipes, each of which will display nutritional information for the calorie-conscious reader.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Teresa is a graduate of Berkeley College where she earned a degree in fashion marketing and management. Teresa still lives in New Jersey where she is the wife of her childhood sweetheart, Joe Giudice, and the proud mother of four daughters: Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana.

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