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Giada De Laurentiis in town for book signing


Giada De Laurentiis must have more hours in the day than everybody else. The Food Network personality, 43, seems to flit around effortlessly, from her Giada at Home cooking show to her Clairol ads and Today appearances then back over to her 5-year-old daughter’s ballet recitals, tweeting all the way.

Now there’s more on her plate: De Laurentiis will be in Bal Harbour at 6 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books to talk about her Recipe for Adventure series aimed at readers ages 7-11. The first two books, complete with recipe cards at the end, follow brother and sister Alfie and Amelia and their magical, mystical aunt, Zia Donatella. Zia is determined to show the kids that there is better food out there than take-out pizza by actually transporting them to famous food cities around the world (Naples and Paris, respectively).

“When I was a kid, my family did a lot of traveling, so I was constantly buried in a book,” says Giada, whose maternal grandfather is famed producer Dino De Laurentiis. “Even though we went to a lot of exciting places, some of my greatest adventures were through reading.”

Don’t expect a kids cookbook out of her though. She told Health magazine she doesn’t believe in them: “Jade eats what we eat [husband is clothing designer Todd Thompson]. I grew up eating what my parents put in front of me.”

Giada’s expected visits on her Miami tour: Casa Tua, Cicconi’s, Joe’s Stone Crab, Pubbelly and The Raleigh “for breakfast and coffee.”

Model looks

A sight for runway-weary eyes: South Florida native Niki Taylor, 38, showed she’s still got it, hitting the Badgley Mischka show on Tuesday during New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. The mother of four (the youngest, 22 months) wore a fuss-free updo, and rocked the fall trend of Victorian booties.

Big night

Gloria Estefan is going to Washington. She, along with Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Alejandro Sanz, Arturo Sandoval and other music greats are bringing their Latin sounds to President Obama’s place. The latest “In Performance at the White House” program will be taped Monday for Hispanic Heritage Month and broadcast by PBS stations Oct. 8. Watch it at

That’s entertainment

Now you can see a Teen Mom in the flesh, instead of MTV. At the brand new venue Vivid Live, a strip club branded by adult film distributor Vivid Entertainment, the grand opening Friday night act is Farrah Abraham. According to the invite, the party goes from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., so be sure to eat your Wheaties.

Not rich enough

While rumors abound that 19-year-old H arry Styles was eying a massive Key Biscayne crib that would set him back at least a million bucks for every year of his 19 years on earth at a whopping listing price of $19.5 million, our real estate intelligence says no way. “His net worth is only $10 million at this point,” says our spy, who added that “Key Biscayne is too old, too foreign, and too stuffy for a British teenager.” Alrighty then, though we’d think most of America is too “foreign” for a Brit and much of Miami often too alien even for its own denizens. Styles is no ordinary teen, but for shame. He’s only worth $10 mil/ But that’s still enough to buy a house from high end Realtors The Jills, who were mute as usual.

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