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Lidia Bastianich, loved by millions of Americans for her good Italian cooking, gives us her most instructive and personal cookbook yet.
Focusing on the Italian-American kitchen--the cooking she encountered when she first came to America as a young adolescent--she pays homage to this "cuisine of adaptation born of necessity." But she transforms it subtly with her light, dis...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 23rd 2001 by Alfred A. Knopf
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stacey
i know this is a cookbook, but i really have read the whole thing (even if i haven't made all the recipes yet). lidia reminds you of your nonna, whether you had a nonna or not. her stories warm the heart and her food warms the belly. she includes short stories of her childhood and experiences with food and also educates you on traditions of italian culture (cappucino after dinner is a purely american thing). my favorite recipe from this book: zuppa di pesce!
Terri
i love lidia!!! and i can easily spend hours reading through each recipe and dreaming of all the wonderful dishes....

my two favourites but really so simple they're embarrassing: marinara sauce (its the quarter cup of olive oil, 8 garlic cloves and san marzano tomatoes all simmering in happy bliss...) and when my pantry is bare, spaghettini with oil and garlic. so comforting....
Mataos Ponticello
I read this book cover to cover. Lidia is the closest thing to my mom (rest her soul) when it comes to Italian cooking. After reading her book, we went to EATALY in new york. She is part owner of the establishment. Absoutely fantastic food from a fantastic cook in the pages of a fantastic book!
Don
My favorite recipe from this book is the one for vodka pasta. It's perfect, it's easy, and it makes everyone happy.

Be sure to use good San Marsano tomatoes, and be sure to add plenty of vodka.
Lorenzo Pilla
It's not Italian, it's Italian-American. This is not a famous chef's interpretations. This is (mostly) how my own grandmom cooked veal parmagiana, lasagna, stuffed shells, pizzelles, pasta fagioli...
Sarah
I love watching Lidia on her tv show and finally got around to buying one of her books. This book has a great, authentic Carbonara that I now cook every couple of weeks.
Jessica
Everything I have ever made from this cookbook has been a success. Particularly good: chickens marsala and piccata, stuffed peppers, meatballs!
Michelle
Feb 17, 2009 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Italian food fans
Lots of yummy recipes. Haven't tried as many of them as I have marked to. Will update after more attempts.
Carmen
this book has recipes for so many of the dishes that I grew up with and I turn to it over and over again.
Sara Paulus
Every recipe I've made out of this cookbook so far have been fabulous. Can't wait to try more!
Annie
Shawn and I ate at Felidia, which was okay. I much prefer him making her lasgana at home.
Kristin
If you do nothing else, make her Fettuccine Alfredo. To die for.
Jean
One of my all time favorite cookbooks! I use this all of the time!
Amelia
Excellent traditional dishes. Easy to follow recipes. Gustoso!
Catherine Woodman
not my style--see Rao's or Mario Battali for better results
Carol Irvin
Great cookbook but no sardines for me! LOL
Elisabeth
Yummy! That should say it all!
Lauren Prock
Feb 21, 2013 Lauren Prock marked it as to-read
Great cookbook, great chef.
Jenny
Just for you, Gib!
Aradia
Best Lasagna EVER.
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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...more
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