Photo: Barilla Introduces 'The Celebrity Pasta Lovers' Cookbook' and Calls On Pasta Lovers Everywhere to Help Fight Hunger

Celebrities and Star Chefs Team Up with Barilla to Raise Money for

America's Second Harvest

Jan 30, 2007, 00:00 ET from Barilla

    BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Barilla, the world's number
 one pasta maker, in partnership with ten Hollywood celebrities and renowned
 chefs Mario Batali and Giada De Laurentiis, are introducing a new, free
 cookbook that shares favorite celebrity pasta dishes to benefit America's
 Second Harvest -- The Nation's Food Bank Network, the nation's largest
 hunger-relief organization.
     To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:
     From February 1-28, 2007, "The Celebrity Pasta Lovers' Cookbook" will
 be available online at no charge at
 For every person who downloads the cookbook, Barilla will donate $1 to
 America's Second Harvest, up to $100,000.
     "Pasta is a favorite food among Americans, and celebrities are no
 exception," said Giada De Laurentiis, best-selling cookbook author and host
 of Everyday Italian and Behind the Bash on The Food Network. "Italian food
 represents a celebration of life, family, friends and tradition -- aspects
 that are prominent themes in Barilla's new Celebrity Pasta Lovers'
     Ten notable celebrities from film, television and fashion shared their
 favorite pasta dishes for the cookbook, which served as the inspiration for
 the cookbook's delicious new recipes created by guest editors Batali and De
 Laurentiis. Contributing celebrities include Kristin Davis, Harrison Ford,
 Pierce Brosnan, Melinda Clarke, Faith Ford, Sela Ward, Tyson Beckford,
 Ashley Judd, Tony Danza, and Annabella Sciorra. A $90,000 donation was made
 by Barilla in the celebrities' names for participation in the project.
     All recipes are accompanied by personal stories and anecdotes from the
 celebrities, along with pasta preparation tips from Barilla, Batali, and De
 Laurentiis. Some of the mouthwatering recipes include Pumpkin Sage Butter
 Tortellini, inspired by Ashley Judd; Linguine with Eggplant and Sun-Dried
 Tomatoes, inspired by Sela Ward; and Spaghetti with Spicy Tomato Sauce,
 inspired by Harrison Ford.
     Barilla has been a supporter of America's Second Harvest since 1997,
 through the donation of their products. Over the past nine years, since
 Barilla entered the U.S. market, they have donated over 5 million pounds of
 pasta to America's Second Harvest for distribution among more than 200
 member food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Colombia and
 Puerto Rico.
     "Hunger relief in America is a challenge that requires constant
 attention and support, and who better to help address the issue than food
 producers and chefs?" said Mario Batali, a long-time supporter of America's
 Second Harvest and the Food Bank For New York City. "Barilla's Celebrity
 Pasta Lovers' Cookbook is a simple way to raise awareness and involve the
 public in supporting a very effective national cause that will help provide
 food assistance for people who need it while also providing delicious
 Italian recipes that everyone can enjoy."
     Contact Info
     Lisa Kovitz
     (212) 704-4546
     Frank Cozzarelli
     (212) 704-4558

SOURCE Barilla