Jacqueline Laurita

Jacqueline opens up about why she skipped the reunion.

on Apr 22, 2012

My honest opinion about Teresa's book was that even if the comments were meant to be tongue in cheek, which is possible, there should have been a warning before it was printed. That was not cool to do to a friend, not to mention your family who you just made amends with. Teresa has openly said many times over how much we have been there for her when things in her life got tough, even when many others turned their back on her. We were all still there for her, even when we knew she had done some things wrong. We still had her back and remained friends. I was a supportive friend to Teresa, because I loved her despite her faults.

I did find it odd that the only friends and family mentioned in the book were those who Teresa has made clear to me she had a problem with. I think the insults directed at Caroline for being one-sixteenth Italian (which is not true at all) and her “authentic” meatball comments were to discredit Caroline as an Italian cook for two reasons. First, because she lost a meatball tasting contest to Caroline on the Rachael Ray show which annoyed her. Also there had been talk since day one of Caroline and our family doing a family cookbook, and in my opinion Teresa was trying to plant a seed in the readers mind. Teresa actually used a similar concept for her book, and I didn't mind at all. I was happy it worked for her. If our family did it we would use different pictures and our own family stories. I always supported Teresa on anything she ventured into, and when she got to work and actually did what my family had only talked about, I thought, "Good for her." And I was very proud of her. I think the problem was that Teresa wanted to be the ONLY authentic Italian cook, and she wanted to make sure that she kept that title.

When Teresa came over for dinner and asked Caroline if she was making the corn spicy and Caroline said yes, she then commented, "I hate them so hot!" I believe that was to let the viewers think that Caroline's method of cooking wasn't favorable. It kind of reminded me of the ugly faces she made last season while she tasted Kathy's delicious food at her goddess party. She was planting a seed in the viewers’ minds then too. Teresa calls her book a family cookbook, yet she never even attempted to include any other family members in it. If the recipes were passed down from generation to generation, I'm sure other family members use the same recipes as well, but if I know Teresa, she probably wouldn't allow anyone else to claim them but her.