I have not been to one her restaurants, and the reviews of her restaurant in Pittsburgh are not good. I have seen her show on PBS, and she seems likeI have not been to one her restaurants, and the reviews of her restaurant in Pittsburgh are not good. I have seen her show on PBS, and she seems like she is a task master with her crew and family. She also gushes excessively about her grandchildren. Her show teases you about the recipes and doesn’t give details, so you have to buy the book. So why is she my favorite?
As I said previously, I have an ability to look at a recipe and have good idea if my family and friends would like the food. Normally, out of a cookbook you find 2-4 recipes that you would make again. Lidia’s Family Table contains dozens recipes that are so tasty and relatively easy. I have received rave reviews each time I make the Venetian Braised Beef. My family raved so much about it that I had to make it for Christmas dinner. I now make her White Bean Soup base regularly for various soup recipes including the ones in her book. I have made the Arrabiata (spicy tomato), the Orange scented meatballs with long cooking Sugo and the classic Ragu alla Bolognse Ricetta Antica sauce on many Sundays. Any of these make for a classic family Sunday meal. I dare anyone to make these and not come away with complements.
I said before, I judge TV chefs based on the number of their recipes that I can recreate successfully. Lidia is far in the lead. Now only if she looked like Giada....more
I listened to the unabridged version of His Excellency: George Washington from Audible.com. I think Joseph J. Ellis chose the right approach by deciI listened to the unabridged version of His Excellency: George Washington from Audible.com. I think Joseph J. Ellis chose the right approach by deciding not do a complete biography but take historical records and try to explore George Washington's personality and how that personality got him to be the revered father of our country. Joseph J. Ellis reaches some very reasonable conclusions about George Washington and reveals George's personality to be that of a man, not a revered god, and that George Washington was stubborn, driven, egotistical, quiet, contemplative and smart. In other words, a man not unlike many of our leaders of today. All of these personality traits both hindered and assisted in his rise to power and fame.
I enjoyed listening to this interpretation of events and how they effected our first president's life....more