Lidia Bastianich’s cookbook Lidia’s Favorite Recipes provides home chefs with the recipes to master Italian cooking.
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.
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!
PS: Here is Lidia’s recipe for Spaghetti in Tomato Apple Sauce (yes, you read that right).
Photos by Lidia’s Italy.