If you love to watch cooking shows and have a passion for Italian food, then surely you are familiar with chef and restauranteur Lidia Bastianich. For over two decades, Lidia has hosted several popular cooking shows on public television, focusing on classics of the Italian kitchen and also the specialties of Italian immigrants in America.
“Lidia’s Italy in America” is the companion cookbook to her 2011 tv series of the same name. It is a unique cookbook in that it truly spotlights the kind of Italian food most of us in America grew up eating and loving: Italian-American food. Yes, it is distinctly different in many ways from the food of the Italian “homeland”, as immigrants adapted their traditional recipes to the bounty of the new world.
These are comfort food classics we know from either our grandmother’s kitchen or our favorite checkered-tablecloth restaurants: Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Clams Casino, Fettucine Alfredo, Shrimp Scampi, Calamari Salad (pictured above), Chicken Parmigiana, Spumoni. But with Lidia providing the recipes and instructions, you can learn how to make them deliciously and properly for yourself—whether or not you had an Italian grandmother of your own to teach you how!
All in all there are more than 175 recipes in this book, many featured in full-color photos. But the book is more than just a collection of recipes; it’s a wonderful history lesson on the Italian communities throughout America, from New York City’s Little Italy to San Francisco, from Baltimore to Boston’s North End. This book would make a wonderful gift for anyone you know of Italian heritage interested in their immigrant roots, or simply learning more about the food traditions and recipes of Italian-Americans.Buy Now