Lidia’s Favorite Recipes

Lidia Bastianich’s cookbook Lidia’s Favorite Recipes provides home chefs with the recipes to master Italian cooking.

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I have long had a bit of a fascination with cookbooks. I love flipping through the pages and staring at the beautiful pictures. I like reading about the author’s inspiration behind the recipes and learning about combing ingredients to make unusual new dishes. I usually imagine myself making these recipes – although in my imagination I am standing in a gourmet chef’s kitchen and grilling and sautéing with ease, unlike in reality, where Little M is usually underfoot and I am working within the constraints of my tiny home stovetop. So although lovely, complicated gourmet recipes are nice and all, now that I have a little one, I am constantly on the lookout for healthy, delicious and relatively easy recipes.

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Enter Lidia Bastianich’s cookbook, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, which includes more than 100 of Lidia’s tried and trusted meals for her own family. In fact, Lidia co-authored this book with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali. I love this cookbook because Bastianich takes simple ingredients and shows us how to turn them into impressive and delicious dishes. Little M and I have already enjoyed a number of the meals and I have earmarked several recipes that I plan to make when I have a little more free time (which will happen someday, right?) We have been having a lot more pasta at our house these days, but with recipes like baked stuffed shells, eggplant parmigiana and escarole and white bean soup, I don’t think anyone will be complaining anytime soon!

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PS: Here is Lidia’s recipe for Spaghetti in Tomato Apple Sauce (yes, you read that right).

Photos by Lidia’s Italy.

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