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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
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  • La Cucina Di Lidia: Recipes and Memories from Italy's Adriatic Coast (1990, 2003) by Jay Jacobs and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
    Details the story of Lidia’s family and her background. The recipes reflect Lidia’s culinary heritage and regional cuisine of Northern Italy, especially Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. They include recipes for risotto with porcini mushrooms, sauerkraut with pork and palacinke- thin sweet crepes. Lidia also discusses wines and spirits of Italy and offers wine suggestions for many dishes.

  •  Lidia's Italian Table: More Than 200 Recipes From the First Lady of Italian Cooking (1998)
    The companion book to the 39-part Public Television series of the same title. Lidia’s Italian Table invites you on a journey with Lidia from her childhood to witness how it developed her love for food and desire to share it. The book contains an abundance of recipes and cooking tips, as well as remembrances from her childhood in the Istrian town of Pula on the Adriatic Sea. Lidia recalls trips to the market, harvesting olives for olive oil, collecting mussels and clams at the seashore and sleeping under the stars on a mattress filled with dry cornhusks on summer nights.

  • Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen (2001)
    Her most personal and instructive cookbook to date focuses on Lidia’s own experience in America, and her connection in Italian-American cuisine. It is the story of how Italian-American cooking is a cuisine born of adaptation and necessity, created by new immigrants who tried to recreate the flavors of their homeland using whatever American ingredients they had access to. It’s also a cuisine that has become a beloved part of American culture. Laced with stories about her experiences in America and her discoveries as a cook, this enchanting book is both a pleasure to read and a joy to cook from.

  • Lidia's Family Table: More Than 200 Fabulous Recipes to Enjoy Every Day-With Wonderful Ideas for Variations and Improvisations (2003)
    Lidia Bastianich gives us her most generous, instructive, and creative cookbook. The emphasis here is on cooking for the family, and her book is filled with unusually delicious basic recipes for everyday eating Italian-style, as well as imaginative ideas for variations and improvisations.

    Here are more than 200 fabulous new dishes that will appeal both to Lidia’s loyal following, who have come to rely on her wonderfully detailed recipes, and to the more adventurous cook ready to experiment.

    Lidia’s warm presence is felt on every page of this book, explaining the whys and wherefores of what she is doing, and the brilliant photographs take us right into her home, showing her rolling out pasta with her grandchildren, bringing in the summer harvest, and sitting around the food-laden family table. As she makes every meal a celebration, she invites us to do the same, giving us confidence and joy in the act of cooking.

  • Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most (2007) by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
    Lidia Bastianich, the beloved doyenne of Italian cooking in America, gives us her most practical cookbook yet. In Lidia's Italy, the incomparable Lidia takes us on a gastronomic journey through her native land. She explores the regions that have informed her cooking over the years - from Sicily to Friuli, Tuscany to Treviso, and Trieste to Istria, where Lidia spent her childhood. In addition, her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali , an art historian, shows us some of the nearby cultural treasures of Italy that she and her mother have come to love. There is something for everyone in Lidia's Italy, the companion cookbook to her new public television series of the same name.

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  • Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (2002) by David Lynch and Joseph Bastianich with contributions by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Mario Batali
    Vino Italiano is for anyone who loves Italian wine and wants to learn more about it. A region-by-region analysis of Italy’s diverse wine culture is complemented by recipes by Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, travel tips, guided wine tasting and a buying guide featuring more than 700 wineries. This is the most thorough and timely Italian wine guide on the market.

  • Vino Italiano Buying Guide by David Lynch and Joseph Bastianich
    Vino Italiano Buying Guide includes commentary, wine recommendations, and  an extensive reference section for the more serious Italian wine expert a complete listing of Italian wine appellations (DOCs); an annotated listing of Italian grape varieties; even a guide to the single vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco.

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