Lidia Bastianich gives a lesson in Italian cooking

Lidia Bastianich has written a dozen cookbooks since arriving in America more than 40 years ago, introducing at least two generations of Americans to the delights and intricacies of regional Italian cooking. Rather than simply dazzle like so many celebrity chefs, she keeps it simple. Ms. Bastianich’s persona on TV and in print has always […]

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Nonna Lidia Bastianich tells an endearing holiday story

Tradition plays a huge role in most Italian homes during the holidays, both in the family activities that define the season, such as decorating the tree, and the favorite foods that show up without fail on the Christmas Eve and day dining room tables. “Natale con I tuoi; Pasqua conchi vuoi,” goes the popular Italian […]

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A Thanksgiving Feast

By the time my hip pushed open my parents’ back door just after sundown, the 14-pound turkey I’d just finished roasting sliding precariously on the rimmed cookie sheet I held in my hands, their kitchen was standing-room-only. Bob was bent over the sink, hurriedly cubing apples, pears and persimmons for a colorful fall salad of […]

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