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Lidia's Italy is a food show based on Italian cuisine. The show is hosted by Lidia Bastianich who shares her favorite Italian recipes with her audience. The recipes featured on her show range from old world main dishes such as Lasagna and chicken parmigiana, to tasty treats such as chocolate star cookies. Every episode will feature Lidia in the kitchen preparing the foods she has chosen for that episode. As she prepares the dish, she goes through each step and tells the viewing audience exactly which ingredients she is adding and in what quantities she is adding them.

In addition to talking about the dish she is preparing, Lidia often adds interesting bits of information about the history of the dish or some of the traditions associated with serving it. Many of the foods she prepares are recipes which have been handed down in her own family. On some shows she has her grandchildren helping her in making certain dishes. The kids help roll up dough to form some of the traditional Italian cookies.

Lidia also makes frequent trips back to Italy which are taped and added into her show. The taped segments always pertain to some food or ingredient she will be working with on the show. She might visit a local farm in Italy where cheese is produced. She will discuss the cheese making process with the farmer who shares his knowledge and expertise on the subject. When the show returns to Lidia's kitchen she will begin making the dish which will contain the same cheese that was shown in the taped segment.

Lidia has a rich heritage in the Italian culture which gives her insights into preparing dishes with authenticity. Not only does she share recipes and background information, she also offers a lot of helpful advice in meal preparation and cooking. Some helpful tips can include how to tell when pasta is done and how to brown meats before adding them to main dish casseroles. Lidia also offers helpful information about the proper tools to use for food preparation, which includes using the right cookware for the type of dish being prepared.

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PBS
3 Seasons, 78 Episodes - Returning Series
Food, Family, How To
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Lidia's Italy Full Episode Guide

  • In Lidia's kitchen today, she makes Gemelli with Cauliflower "a simple, delicious and healthy dish" as well as simple Fresh Pasta Squares with Beans and Bacon.

  • Lidia prepares some fantastic Calabrian dishes, including her Sweet Onion Soup, some Spicy Calamari, and for dessert she makes Sesame Candy.

  • Lidia visits Basilicata and prepares Bucatini with Sausage, Ditalini with Broccoli Rabe, and Rigatoni with Lentils.

  • Lidia visits the island of Sardegna. In the kitchen she pairs malloreddus with a delicious Sausage and Tomato sauce. For dessert, it's a Semolina Pudding with Blueberry Sauce.

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