La Cucina di Lidia
Now in paperback–the debut cookbook from the beloved Italian
cook, restaurateur, and public television personality.
Lidia Bastianich is famous for her Italian-American cooking, but
this cookbook–her first–captures the distinctive cuisine
of her native Istria, located on Italy’s northeastern Adriatic
coast near the border of the former Yugoslavia. This book is also
her most personal; in addition to the recipes, she has included
numerous personal stories, memories, and photographs from her childhood.
With La Cucina di Lidia, you can savor antipasti such as Polenta
with Fontina and Mushrooms or Shrimp and Mixed Bean Salad. Rice
and pastas include Plum Gnocchi, Risotto with Squash Blossoms, and
Zucchini and Tagliatelle with Leek Sauce. Entrées feature
fish (Swordfish in Sweet and Sour Sauce), fowl (Roast Chicken with
Rosemary and Orange), meat (Stuffed Breast of Veal), and game (Duck
Roasted with Sauerkraut). Desserts range from Chocolate Zabaglione
Cake to Apple-Custard Tart.
Here is an Italian cuisine infused with the flavors of Eastern
Europe, the early repertoire of one of America’s favorite
chefs. Discover Lidia’s history and memories as well as the
dishes from her homeland. The stories and tastes are unforgettable.
"America’s most passionate and talented Italian cook
has produced a masterful book–bursting with personal and supremely
useful recipes. Here is the essence of Istrian culture distilled
into a unique volume. Lidia, you are wonderful. Mille grazie!"
-Anthony Dias Blue
LIDIA BASTIANICH hosts the hugely popular PBS show, "Lidia's
Italian-American kitchen" and owns restaurants in New York
City, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh. Also the author of Lidia's Italian
Table and Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, she lives in Douglaston,
New York. JAY JACOB'S journalism has appeared in many national magazines.