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"Food for me was a connecting link to my grandmother, to my childhood, to my past. And what I found out is that for everybody, food is a connector to their roots, to their past in different ways. It gives you security; it gives you a profile of who you are, where you come from." — Lidia Bastianich
From the Emmy-award winning host of two long-running PBS series, Lidia's Kitchen and Lidia's Italy, comes this definitive guide to Italian cooking: Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.
Co-authored with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine transforms Lidia's life-long passion and deep, comprehensive understanding of Italian culinary traditions into more than 400 recipes that will transport you deep into the heart of dining in Italy.
Whether it is learning the classics like Risotto Alla Milanese to Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to making your own to-die-for pizza, Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine is a must-have ultimate master class in creating delicious Italian meals.
Not only is is the definitive guide to meats and fish, vegetables and fruit, grains, spices and condiments and the right kitchen tools, it will guide you step by step through the buying, storing, cleaning and cooking with them.
And she has even included a glossary of cuisine-related words and phrases that will prove indispensable for traveling and dining in Italy. It is the one book on Italian cuisine that every cook will need.
With this passionate treatise on Italian food and culture, readers dreaming of la dolce vita may find armchair travels enough to satisfy their hunger.
Lidia ends every show with this saying, "Tutti a tavola a mangiare!", or "Everyone to the table!" With Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking as your guide, every seat will be taken!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of twelve previous books and the Emmy award-wining host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally in countries that include Mexico, Canada, the Middle East, Croatia, and the UK. She is also a judge on Masterchef Jr. Italy.
Lidia is the chef/owner of four New York restaurants, Fedelia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, along with Lidia's Pittsburgh and Lidia's Kansas City with her daughter, Tanya.
Her mission of educating has extended far beyond the restaurant world to the marketplace with the opening of Eataly, the largest Italian food and wine marketplace located in the Flatiron District of New York City. In addition to Chicago and Sao Paolo, additional marketplaces are scheduled to open in Boston, Toronto and Los Angeles in 2017.
Lidia has long been a staple of the highly-acclaimed PBS cooking series world since 1998 with five series: Lidia's Italian Table, Lidia's Family Table, Lidia's Italy, Lidia's Italy in America and her current series, Lidia's Kitchen. She lives on Long Island, New York.
TANYA BASTIANICH MANUALI received her PhD in Renaissance art history from Oxford University, her MA from Syracuse University, and her BA from Georgetown University. She is the founder of an Italian food and wine tour company, Esperienze Italiane, the owner and Executive Producer at Tavola Productions, and she manages the Lidia brand and food line. She co-authors cookbooks with her mother and brother and lives on Long Island in New York.