For Italian simplicity and authentic flavor — look no further than chef Lidia Bastianich.
In her new book, ''Lidia's Italy" Bastianich has collected her favorite recipes from every region of her native land.
"My country, her people, and their cooking," says the chef, "have provided me with guidance and inspiration as a chef. With this book, I want others to understand and appreciate the people and culture that have informed my cooking."
Here a couple of her special dishes from the book.