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Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees

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Lidia Bastianich—one of the most beloved chefs and authors in America—presents her most accessible and affordable cookbook to date, a gathering of the recipes that have become her go-to meals for her very own family. But these are not only Lidia’s personal favorites; this book is a love letter to her fans. Here, she is giving us the recipes for dishes that you have raved a ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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Steven
Feb 03, 2014 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Her "Italian" recipes come mostly from Northern Italy and use more dairy then those of us with Southern Italian heritage are used to. But, the recipes that she clearly labels as "Italian American" are familiar to anyone of Italian descent that grew up in the Northeast in the 50's, 60's and 70's. One fault I find with the book is that in every recipe with pasta in it she has cut and pasted the directions for cooking the pasta. Just a way to add pages to the book as she could have just listed it o ...more
False Millennium
Jul 11, 2013 False Millennium rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The recipes were boring and I didn't find one thing I wanted to save and try at a later date. Meh. I was amazed how many recipes called for such really basic ingredients: canned tomatoes, basil, pasta. Geezum crow.
Heather
Aug 29, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i went into this expecting casual, simple italian fare. good food for sure, but nothing mindblowing. and then i see the octopus dish, cooked with a wine cork! a crostata filled with a creamy cheesy rice and zucchini filling. don't underestimate this book. baked polenta layered with plenty of cheese and mushroom ragu. tomato apple sauce for spaghetti (admittedly, this doesn't sound as good as the other things).

there aren't pictures with every recipe, so caution if you are one of those people who
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Steve Dallape
Jul 20, 2015 Steve Dallape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Lidia - she is like the perfect combination of my two grandmothers. Her food is interesting and nuanced, without being fussy or overly trendy. The recipes are easy to follow, though I haven't had a chance to try any yet, so I can't attest to the quality. Lidia's reputation is such that I have no doubt any that I do cook will be excellent, and I do plan to cook several as soon as possible. My only real complaint is that there were relatively few recipes in the book that really interested m ...more
Deb
Nov 04, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple, easy to follow recipes included many different sauces. I can use this book to make quick Italian dishes after any work night and even though they would come out looking like I spent alot of time, they are actually pretty simple. While there are pictures in this book, there are not pictures of every dish.

Penne with Cherry Tomtoes, Basil, and fresh bite-sized mozzarella

Chicken or Eggplant Parmigiana

Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Blueberry Apricot Frangipane Tart


Linda
Feb 09, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of my favorite chefs! I enjoy watching her show because she is so real. Loved the collection of recipes that are not too complicated to try.
Sandy
Jan 12, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yummy recipes! Can't wait to start!
Nancy
Some really good simple Italian recipes. Her recipes reflect mostly northeastern Italian cooking. Just be alert to that.
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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is an American chef, businesswoman and restaurateur.

Specializing in Italian and Croatian cuisine, she has been a regular contributor to the PBS cooking show lineup since 1998. In 2007, she launched her third TV series, Lidia's Italy. She also owns four Italian restaurants in the U.S. in partnership with her son, the winemaster and restaurateur, Joseph Bastianich: Felidi
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