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Lidia's Italy

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In this exciting new book the incomparable Lidia takes us on a gastronomic journey—from Piemonte to Puglia—exploring ten different regions that have informed her cooking and helped to make her the fabulous cook that she is today. In addition, her daughter Tanya, an art historian, guides us to some of the nearby cultural treasures that enrich the pursuit of good food.

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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Lidia, but this book was a bit of letdown for me. It didn't feature enough of her popular recipes that I was hoping to find.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I really like the way she's broken the recipes into regions. It makes it easier to study and cook a particular region of Italy...which is as varied as France and America!
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I so want to love this book. I really want to cook out of it, and go "yum!" like the rest of the reviews that have been written. I can't. My big gripe with the book is the way it it organized. I like to have all of my meats, sides, and desserts in their own separate sections. This is a personal thing, but I don't like regional layouts. Next, the ingredients are often unavailable in my area, or very expensive in my area. I'm landlocked, so I don't have easy access to fresh fish at any time of the ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Chef Lidia Bastianich shares some recipes and personal stories from ten regions of Italy. Her daughter then relates cultural aspects of these regions.

I enjoyed knowing more about the mother, daughter duo through their stories, and have some good ideas of places to visit and what to eat in these regions of Italy. The recipes look simple enough for a home cook to replicate, and the pictures of the food are a feast for the eyes.

Angie (Mind Malfunction)
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is an Italian icon. Her cookbook is filled with authentic recipes that are not for the first timer. I would have liked more pictures of the food. The more photos, the better to inspire the at-home cook to try them out. If you're looking for advanced Italian recipes than this is the book for you.
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Organized by region, so a bit harder to select just the right entree or dessert than Lidia's Family Table. The recipes are every bit as enjoyable. Another winner, though I liked the family pictures in the first book more than the travelogue shots here.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been working my way through the recipes in this book, which I received as a gift in the fall. All of the dishes I've made so far have been delicious. There's a good mix of simple/challenging recipes, and the instructions are very clear. I recommend!
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
I made the beef goulash recipe from this book, and it was excellent. I didn't care to make any of the other recipes, which is why it only got 3 stars.
Lori Pollitt
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love reading cook books and this one doesn't disappoint! Great recipes and even better tales about the food and where it originated!!
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this cookbook, there are recipes I look forward to making.
Carl Adams
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
recipes work as well as always.
Linda Seltenright
I love cook books and I love to cook...thank you Lori, I'll let you know what I cooked and how it came out.
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Lidia needs to include more pictures of the food and less pictures of the locations. To me, a cookbook is nothing without pictures--no matter how good the recipes are.
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There's so much more than just recipes in Lidia's books. In this book I've been learning all about the different regions of Italy while learning to cook their food. It's great!!
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book and the recipes are an absolute masterpiece. I love Italian food and this and Marcella Hazen's book are the only ones you need.
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book needs to go on my kitchen shelf. Sort of a mix between a travel book and a cookbook - glowing descriptions and wonderful food.
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really amazing cook book! I still have so many recipes I want to try
Anne Torres
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yum. This is the cookbook I've been cooking out of most, recently.
May 24, 2008 added it
I have marked plenty of recipies to try out... first up: homemade gnocchi and sandy cake. YUM!
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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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