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Jul 14, 2005 01:04 PM

lidia bastianich cookbooks - best one?

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i love lidia bastianich. i've browsed her many cookbooks but i have never purchased one. i'd like to puchase one in near future, but wonder if there is one that stands out as the best? or favorite?

please - i'd appreciate it if those who don't like her do not respond about how much they don't like her. obviously we all have different taste and i personally like her and would like good information about what to purchase, not reasons why i shouldn't.
caveats such as recipes taking more time than the book implies would be useful though.

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  1. I only have one recipe by her called "Felidia's Chicken" (named after her restaurant in NY, I believe) and it is superb! Such unusual flavors...if you have access to a good public library, you might try one or two recipe books at a time to test them out...I'm a huge library fan and enjoy sampling cookbooks that way. I need to try her cookbooks from the library too...why should I stop at one great recipe???

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    1. re: Val

      I have her American Italian Kitchen, everything I have made from there has been just fine.

      She does have a website for her PBS shows, so try a few of the recipes from there first.


      1. re: DT

        Very cool website! Thanks!

    2. I, too, am a big fan of hers, though I am only familiar with Lidia's Italian Table and Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen cookbooks. The Italian Table cookbook is great, especially if you don't already have a basic, authentic Italian cookbook. If you already have Hazan and Rosetto Kasper, this one will be similar. The Italian-American Kitchen book has some more updated recipes for the way we tend to eat today. Both books are great and it will depend on what sort of cooking and information you are looking for on which you might want to choose.

      1. I have all of her books. My favorite is Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen - every recipe I've tried from that book has been great, especially the chicken scarpariello. Her latest book, Lidia's Family Table, is also very good.