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What Lidia Bastianich cookbook should I buy?

Everything she makes look delicious, and I've been thinking about picking up one of her books. But which cookbook of hers is best?

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  1. not the latest one, "italy in america." http://www.amazon.com/Lidias-Italy-Am.... i checked it out from the library, and was not impressed enough to photocopy even ONE recipe!

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      1. re: malabargold

        really? are they all terrible? :( sad...

        1. re: malabargold

          Why not? I have one of hers -- her first -- and have looked through the others courtesy of the friendly public library. She is a knowledgeable and capable chef whose food looks outstanding and I can tell you the recipes WORK.

        2. re: alkapal

          I bought her last book because I love her PBS show and did not have even one of her books. It is about American way of cooking Italian food which I did not realize at first and was very disappointed when I did. However, looking through the book I saw a number of recipes that sound interesting enough to try. Very different from Hazan's recipes which is a good thing as I would not want two similar books.

        3. I really like Lidia's Italian Table (I think that's the name and that it's her first). Two recipes are standards now for me (I'm making one now). Pork shoulder with roasted vegetables and skillet braised chicken and potatoes are simple and great recipes.

          1. not many responses to my similar query in 2009! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/625890

            1. I have Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy, and I think it's a pretty good book. I make the chicken with aborio rice, and it has become a standard. Since I have many cookbooks and actually cook from so few, this makes it a good book for me. I also have Italy in America, and while I found it interesting, no recipes really grabbed me. Of the genre, I prefer We Called it Macaroni.

              1. I got Lidia's Italy a very long time ago when I first discovered her; I have not been disappointed.

                1. I have Lidia's Italy (2007), in which each chapter features the dishes and typical ingredients of a different region of Italy. There is a wide range of recipes here and it is a lovely book with lots of appealing dishes.

                  I also have Lidia's Family Table (2004), which features a more basic set of recipes with a home cooking focus. The book also offers a lot of instruction, including many sections with detailed step-by-step photos of basic techniques, such as pasta making, cutting meat, etc.

                  Both are excellent books, just a matter of what you are looking for .