Earlier today, TVgasm reader GiadaFan wrote to us saying that he’d be going to a book signing by the one and only Giada De Laurentiis. He offered to take pictures of the event and relay any noteworthy stories. Needless to say, GiadaFan went above and beyond the call of duty. Enjoy this photo recap of the Giada Experience.
Arriving at our local Borders, we were bummed to see the long line of people outside.
However, because I was smart enough to call the store yesterday, they informed me that wristbands wound be passed out at 9:00 am in order to secure a place in line. Different colors meant that you’d stand further and further away. The Borders manager said the wristbands would simulate how Southwest Airlines boards their planes in groups. I don’t remember Southwest passing out wristbands.
As you can see, Giada was happy I got a red wristband because you get to be near the front of the line.
We’re near the front, for all the Red Wristband holders. Giada shows up at 7pm. These folks got here at 5pm. The lady at the very very front brought some red roses for Giada.
What you don’t see is a Borders employee coming around with some Post-it notes to write out the bookholder’s name so that Giada could spell it correctly. The guy directly in front of us (not shown) had two books, one for his wife and one for his wife’s friends. When his turn came, he only got Post-it notes for those two women. About ten minutes later, he was begging people for a pen so he could, we surmised, add his name to the Post-it. He must’ve overheard us talking about how cool it would be to get her to sign a greeting to the both of us in Italian. Sure enough, my wife and I pretended to read out recipes aloud as she leaned over to see his name scrawled on the Post-it next to his wife’s.
These folks were the start of the Orange Wristbands; each color contained about 60 to 75 people. As you can see, the lady in the yellow shirt was there early enough to get a stepstool as a chair, but not early enough to get a Red Wristband. Hah!
The Yellow Wristband folks, after the Orange people. Coincidentally, they were stuck in the Food and Cooking section.
Outside the store were all the Green Wristbands. I ran into a friend in the parking lot that was a holder of a Green Wristband. I let her know that all the First Class citizens got Red Wristbands. She didn’t think that was funny.
Take note of this bag. Two guys were in line behind us had two big bags all full of Giada’s books. Or, one book on top of several new blouses for Giada to try on. Strangely enough, the guy in the jeans to the right thought I was taking a picture of his crotch as I zoomed in my camera (to shoot the bag of course).
Unfortunately, the Borders Patrol forced picture-takers to stand behind a thin fabric dividing line. Woman in Green was one of the unhappy people telling us to where and when we could take pictures.
They threatened to kick anyone out of the store and revoke their booksigning privileges if they took pictures while waiting in the booksigning line. Apparently, at an earlier event this week, people at the front of the line kept taking pictures of GDL. That angered the people at the back of the line since it was taking too long. They must have had Green Wristbands. Anyways, this Borders decided to ban all photography for the evening except for the little area directly in front of GDL.
As you can see, Giada really does smile like that in real life! (Not just on TV or a book cover!) I’m a little torn about the back drop – should they have kept the multi-book display of Giada’s smile, or use just one big 10 foot poster of her? Same effect either way, no?
Here, she’s recreating a face from the “Great Giada Disaster of 2006.” Either that, or turning up her nose at the woman’s unfortunate choice of clothing and purse. At least the colors are patriotic.
Remember that bag I told you about earlier?
Giada does not look happy! “What am I going to do with all these books?”
“Are you effing serious I gotta sign all these? Holy spa-ghee-tee!”
Someone from the peanut gallery standing next to me yelled out Giada’s name so of course she looked up. She really is quite attractive!
Look at all those books! Some people’s children!
“All these books are giving me a big Italian meatball of a headache!”
I was wondering why Giada looked so tall as she walked out of the back room to the signing area – look at those heels!
All in all it was a fun event. I felt ambivalent while standing in line because Giada seems a little over the top on TV. However, my wife and I were a little star-struck because she actually took the time to chat with us for a minute. We told her about how we liked her lasagna recipe and we mentioned our recent travels to Italy. She seemed sincere and truly interested in talking to us about our cooking adventures. Don’t get me wrong, she’s got a big noggin’ but it’s a beautiful one! She really is pretty and nice in person. Not like that Muppet Rachel Rey.