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My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
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She enjoys the rarefied status of being so popular that she is known simply as Lidia. For millions of Americans who've watched her popular PBS shows for over twenty years and cooked by her many best-selling books, Lidia Bastianich is the personification of the contemporary Italian <em>nonna</em>. She is also the matriarch of a successful family restaurant empire and a respected chef. It would be easy to believe she was born into privilege or ease. But Lidia's story has much more humble beginnings. In <em>My American Dream</em> she shares, for the first time, the whole story from her childhood, interrupted by the annexation of her homeland, Istria, by Yugoslavia, to years in a refugee camp in Trieste; from teenage years in Queens through family life, restaurant life, and more. Lidia shares her hopes, efforts, and determination to achieve her own version of the American Dream.

Hardcover. Some black and white family photographs included.

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