Lidia: A Life of Love, Family and Food

Category: Book
By (author): Bastianich, Lidia Matticchio
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Culinary
  COOKING / Essays & Narratives
  COOKING / General
  COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Italian
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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From The Publisher*The beloved Lidia Bastianich--best-selling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and renowned restaurateur--tells her heartwarming, emotional and revelatory personal story for the first time, with hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia's story begins with her childhood in Pula, a small city in northern Italy turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. Despite the political climate and her family's poverty, she enjoyed a loving upbringing, spending time in the simple, rugged beauty of her surroundings: fishing, farming, and foraging, and learning about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime began investigating her family, they made the difficult decision to flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spent two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States--an experience that has affected Lidia ever since.
     At the age of 12, Lidia started a new life in New York. As a young teenager, she began working in restaurants--the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. In this book, in vivid detail, she recounts her journey of fulfilling that dream. Supported by her close-knit family, and fueled by her dedication and endless passion for food, her drive ultimately led her to owning multiple restaurants, writing several cookbooks, and acting as host of her own television cooking show for twenty years. This memoir is an absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans who are eager to know her whole story at last.
Review Quote*"Restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV host Bastianich offers an ebullient, nostalgic memoir of her journey to success... A warm story of a life buoyed by resilience, determination, love of family, and food."
-Kirkus 

"Chef and restaurateur Bastianich offers a look into her culinary background in this charming memoir… Through her lyrical prose, she also encourages readers to find the bright side of any situation. This is a welcome addition to any food lover's library."
-Publisher's Weekly

"In this memoir, restaurateur, television star, and cookbook author Bastianich personifies the American dream. …the grande dame of Italian cooking in America... Bastianich's story holds even more significance for her triumph in a male- dominated industry."
-Starred Booklist Review

"it is a touching (and timely) read."
-New York Journal of Books

"It paints a loving and often mouth-watering picture of her culinary adventures."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Biographical NoteLIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of Lidia's Kitchen, which airs internationally and on Canada's Telelatino network. She is also a judge on MasterChef Jr. Italy, and Italy's highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, and several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.