Lidia Bastianich Celebrates America

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lidia Bastianich discusses her one-hour special, “Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence.” She and a few celebrity guests travel the country exploring how various cultural groups observe different symbolic events marking independence. She also shares her own personal tale of escaping from behind the Iron Curtain at age 12, outrunning bullets and dogs to cross the border. “Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence” airs June 28 at 10 pm on PBS.


Lidia Bastianich

Comments [5]


Her son is a jerk. Constant issues with whom he works. He is an a$$ on Master Chef. Lydia, herself, is huge. Does things that are soooo unprofessional on TV, like eating pizza, thin crust and thick, which she rolls out and than states it has the right thickness, stating to THIN pizza crust and then continues to eat the pizza like a COW chewing its'cud, so we could all see her large mouth with lips open piggin' out. She further states that there are cornices (corners) in a round pizza! Really? How long have you been in AMERICA Lydia?!? If you WNAT to live here, speak proper English in every term, since you have been given loans that we are paying for at the max of $100,000 that you do not have to pay back until 7 years citizenship. You and all the others make me sick. We as born, Americans, true Americans, not Italian Americans or Mexican Americans or Irish Americans, etc...have never been given what you all have been given to be successful. Karma is a real *(&^ and it shall return. Ms. Dean is an example.

Jun. 29 2013 05:23 PM

Did it never dawn on you that Italy was many small city-states not so so long ago, sharing common cultures? I think somebody needs a Lidia cruise to see where she came from! For Pete's sake even in America we had neighborhoods with different accents! Go for a ride somewhere, see the world a bit!

Jun. 29 2013 10:52 AM

Robert is correct in that Lidia is everywhere thanks to a well-oiled marketing machine. I feel like she has a standing reservation on Leonard's show. It would be nice to have some variety and hear from other Italian chefs.

Jun. 28 2013 04:43 PM
Fernando from New Jersey

I was listening to the show and I was pleased with what Lidia was saying since I related with many of what she described as good home cooking and the regionality of the Italian cuisine. I live in NJ and came here just a few years ago from Italy. I enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen mostly because of what I was used to when in Italy. My mother was a great cook and we always had fresh produce and local fresh and cured meat, in many occasions our own. My parents still make prosciutto, dry sausages, etc. Mozzarella di bufala is easy to find from the close Latina region.

Jun. 28 2013 01:43 PM
Robert from NYC

Never quite figured out how Lidia came to represent all Italian Americans as she is a late comer. Many of our families have been here long before she was even a twinkle in her father's eye, as they say, and yet she seems to have become the matrona rappresentante of us all. She is the product of good marketing thanks to her son! Ii even question her italianà! Bastianich?

Jun. 28 2013 12:15 PM

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