Lidia’s from Our Family Table to Yours: More Than 100 Recipes Made with Love for All Occasions

Knopf. Sept. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9780525657422. $35. COOKING
Following up Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl, Bastianich and her daughter offer Italian recipes for everyday and special occasions. Popular TV personality Bastianich explains that she cooks to express her love and has written this as a love letter to her family, filling it with personal stories and photos. Recipes include a paragraph of charming context, such as the rosemary chickpeas, which remind Bastianich of running through rosemary bushes as a child. Sections are laid out by type of dish: appetizer, vegetables, pasta, etc. Each section includes a brief introduction of how this course or food type can fit into a family meal such as Grandma’s love of polenta to start the section on pasta, polenta, crespelle, and risotto. From the text, one can imagine a big family gathered around, eating, laughing, talking, and enjoying a meal together.
VERDICT Will appeal to the home cook who entertains or just has a group of hungry people ready to devour delicious food; ideal for readers who want a reason to get together and share food family-style.
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