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The flavors of Italian-American cuisine

Chef and restaurateur Lidia Matticchio Bastianich has been a force in defining Italian-American cuisine for nearly 30 years, both in her restaurants and on the popular PBS show “Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen.” Now, with the companion book to that series, she shares some advice on how to create the essence of an Italian dining experience in your own kitchen. She demonstrates some of the re
Today
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Chef and restaurateur Lidia Matticchio Bastianich has been a force in defining Italian-American cuisine for nearly 30 years, both in her restaurants and on the popular PBS show “Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen.” Now, with the companion book to that series, she shares some advice on how to create the essence of an Italian dining experience in your own kitchen. She demonstrates some of the recipes from her new book on “Today.” Sample some of the selections below.

SCAMPI ALLA BUONAVIA

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

CHICKPEA AND TUNA SALAD

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

HONEY BALLS

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Excerpted from “Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen.” Copyright 2001 by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.