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25 Years With Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee

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A look at the life of chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich both on and off the screen as she celebrates 25 years on public television.

Matt Roush

Matt Roush says...

TV chef Lidia Bastianich looks back at her remarkable journey from immigration from what is now Croatia to celebrity as a cooking-show host and bestselling author in a savory biographical portrait. She began her quarter-century career in public TV (Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia Celebrates America) after being invited on Julia Child’s The French Chef, and in the special’s finale, she prepares a meal at her family-owned Manhattan restaurant Becco for guests including Jacques Pépin and Christopher Walker, whose parents’ bakery in Queen gave Lidia an entry-level job as a teen in Queens.

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