A heartwarming, inspirational, and revelatory memoir from the bestselling, beloved, and award-winning celebrity chef, Lidia Bastianich, told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.
LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italia and Italy's highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives in Long Island, New York.
"A memoir as rich and complex as her mushroom ragu." -O, the
"Bastianich is one of our great culinary matriarchs. . . . She recounts how she went from asylum seeker to the embodiment of America's most enduring myth about itself." -The New York Times Book Review
"A loving and often mouth-watering picture of [Bastianich's] culinary adventures." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[Bastianich's] memory for evocative detail . . . and her writing style make for compelling reading. . . . She reflects on her life with a matter-of-factness that makes the stories all the more poignant." -The Washington Post
"A beguiling memoir about Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's path from a bucolic European childhood, abruptly cut short, to her remarkable present-day success as an award-winning television chef, cookbook author and restaurateur." -The Wall Street Journal
"Bastianich offers a look into her culinary background in this charming memoir. . . . While recounting youthful hardships-always from an optimistic point of view-Bastianich includes fond food memories. . . . She also chronicles the history of her Upper East Side restaurant, Felidia, and lovingly follows her children's entry into the food business. . . . Bastianich passionately evokes the concept that food is life. Through her lyrical prose, she also encourages readers to find the bright side of any situation." -Publishers Weekly
"Rich in interest, highlighted with appealing family snapshots, and spritzed with compelling observations. . . . [Bastianich's] autobiography is a chronicle of moving from project to project, always sharply focused on a goal." -The Washington Times
"An ebullient, nostalgic memoir of [Bastianich's] journey to success. . . . A warm story of a life buoyed by resilience, determination, love of family, and food." -Kirkus Reviews