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Famous Chefs - Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Star of the public television series, LIDIA’S ITALIAN AMERICAN KITCHEN, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is widely regarded as the “First Lady of Italian cuisine and restaurants in the United States.” She was born in Pola, Istria, a region formed by the Gulf of Trieste at the juncture of Italy and the former Yugoslavia, and she came to New York in 1958. Her television show, Lidia’s Italian American Kitchen, began airing in January, 2001 and is accompanied by her third cookbook by the same name, released in October 2001 (Knopf). Lidia’s Italian Table was released in September 1998 together with a companion book of the same name (William Morrow, 1998). In addition, Lidia is the author of the monthly column, Lidia’s Italian Table, distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.