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From La Cucina Di Lidia by Lidia Bastianich (Clarkson Potter 2003). All rights reserved. Used with permission of the publisher.
Lidia Bastianich is a chef who frequently appears on television, an author and restaurateur. Her cookbooks include Lidia’s Italy in America, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy and Lidia’s Italy. Lidia is the chef/owner of four New York City restaurants—Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto—as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City. She is also founder and president of the entertainment company Tavola Productions.