Lidia Bastianich and Her Mother

Monday, August 16, 2010

Chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich and her mother, Erminia Motika, talk about Italian food. They’ll speak with Christopher Walken about their shared roots in Astoria, Queens. Lidia Bastianich is the author of many cookbooks, including her most recent book: Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes.


Lidia Bastianich and Erminia Motika

Comments [33]

Barbara Kaslow from NYC

I rarely miss a Walken performance and I SO enjoyed this! It was just wonderful to hear that not only do Christopher Walken and Lydia Bastianich and her mother know each other, but grew up together! It is really touching to hear Lydia say that Christopher's parents ran a first class bakery and what great people they were. I also loved the Jack O'Brien interview. The comment about everyone thinking that they can "direct" is very long overdue. Real substance here with this guest host and the fabulous people he interviewed this week!

Sep. 13 2010 02:20 PM
Stourley Kracklite

I was late for my appointment because I stayed in my car to hear the end of this vivid segment. The "good old days" is this time not a cliché.

Aug. 20 2010 08:26 AM
David from Brooklyn

A very natural thus enjoyable show. The pace and subject matter were superb.

Aug. 19 2010 01:14 PM
Jane from Livingston NJ

Christopher Walken was terrific. Great show -- all segments. Please bring him back.

Aug. 19 2010 08:55 AM
Soledad Robledo from Santiago

It was a beautiful interview. Memories are so precious. This conversation had the spontaneity and ease that many American shows lack.

Aug. 18 2010 05:05 PM
dboy from nyc

Chris needs a show of his own or a regular guest host slot...


Aug. 18 2010 12:14 AM
dboy from nyc

This show was FANTASTIC!!! Chris discussing the old days in Astoria with Lidia and Erminia was absolutely touching.

I must admit, I'm not even a huge fan of Lidia but this interview was fascinating and very touching.

Bravo Chris for putting this interview together!!!! It brought a tear to my eye!!!



Aug. 18 2010 12:08 AM
Emily Gordon from Williamsburg

I never wanted this to end. More Walken!

Aug. 17 2010 10:43 PM
Grew up in Astoria

Wow - this took me back - Walkens Bakery was a highlight of growing up in Astoria. What a delightful interview.

Aug. 17 2010 10:29 PM

Please bring Chris back, the show was simply great. His genuineness shown through.

Aug. 17 2010 06:20 PM
famdoc from new york, ny

Wonderful show. Chris is a very human interviewer and I appreciate this. Stories about Lidia and Chris growing up in Astoria were fascinating.

So true, Chris' comment that Lidia's recipes are more accessible than those of most TV chefs.

Aug. 17 2010 01:51 PM
Craig from Astoria

Finally, a LL host that isn't condescending to his guests.

Aug. 16 2010 09:51 PM
Ingrid from Jackson Heights, Queens

What a great show, and what a great guest host!

Aug. 16 2010 08:42 PM
William from Manhattan

Ugh - why does Brian have to be rude? Lenny had the brilliant idea to invite Chris, in the midst of a great interview. The result was classic radio. A shame that one poster doesn't get it, but wonderful that everyone else does.

Aug. 16 2010 08:17 PM
Brenda S from Manhattan

I found the whole show delightful. What a treat. I had to tell a client I had to call them back so that I could finish listening to this last piece. Such great images they brought up.

Aug. 16 2010 05:40 PM
janet whalen from San Francisco, CA

"Now That's Entertainment!"

Aug. 16 2010 03:59 PM
Tim from Forest Hills

Amazing that two of the most talented people in America were working in the same bakery in Astoria as kids.

Great show. Please do this again.

Aug. 16 2010 03:47 PM
Martha Garvey from Hoboken

Just delightful. Warm, funny, so smart. Great guests--great host. Thanks for this terrific idea.

Aug. 16 2010 03:11 PM

I'm loving Chris Walken as guest host!

Aug. 16 2010 02:27 PM
Linda Tonkery

So I thought I'd just do the 2 hours of work I needed to do between noon & 2pm today and sorta listen to Christopher Walken try to do LL's job. The joke's on me. Cldn't do anything but listen as CW tore his way through a super interesting 2 hours. Blown Away!!!!!!

Aug. 16 2010 02:04 PM
Theresa from Brooklyn

Delightful reminiscence of New York neighborhood life. Thanks all.

Aug. 16 2010 02:02 PM
Brian from Brooklyn


Aug. 16 2010 02:01 PM

Fire Lenny, Hire Chris.

Aug. 16 2010 01:59 PM
Loren from CT

Such a pleasure to listen to the conversations unfold this afternoon. When I started my journalism career, Mr. Walken was, very fortunately, one of my very first interview subjects. His complete lack of pretense is always wonderful. It was generous to hear him share such intimate stories and friendships and I hope he will guest host again.

Aug. 16 2010 01:59 PM
stacey laughter from brooklyn

Mr. Walken thank you. You are a fabulous genuine host.

Aug. 16 2010 01:53 PM
William from Manhattan

I haven't been able get any work done since noon. Such a great idea Lenny had, asking Chris to host! And wonderful for Mr Walken to say yes. Brilliant radio - so interesting and entertaining. Terrific guests, too. This last segment is a delight.

Aug. 16 2010 01:52 PM
sarah from East Village

Love Christopher as a guest. Loving this segment. Would love to hear him on again.

Aug. 16 2010 01:49 PM
maria m from Brookville, N.Y.

Loved listening to Mr. Walken today interview a great cross-section of talented grand to be able to interview childhood and family friends, Lidia & her Mom....I love watching her cook and have all her books...I always give them away at Bridal Showers! Tutti a tavola !!!

Aug. 16 2010 01:49 PM
Matt from Sunnyside

My girlfriend's family is from Astoria, too. Her grandma would walk the kids together with Mrs. Walken. To this day she still talks about how surprised she is that Chris "got into the pictures"; it was her brother, she said, who was "the handsome one."

This is a wonderful show -- Chris Walken is just a tremendously humane interviewer. As great as Leonard is, I'd love it if Christopher Walken got a show of his own!

Aug. 16 2010 01:49 PM
sarah from East Village

Love Christopher as a guest. Loving this segment. Would love to hear him on again.

Aug. 16 2010 01:49 PM
Sandra from Astoria

I've lived in Astoria for the last 10 years and my parents are immigrants from the area around Pula, Istria, so I am loving this segment!

Thanks Chris and Lydia!

Aug. 16 2010 01:37 PM
Janet from Bronxville, NY

Chris is the best guest host ever! Please
have him on more often - especially about
theater, but not exclusively.

Aug. 16 2010 01:33 PM
Jay F. from Manhattan

Great show...
Great guests..
Thank you Mr. Walken!

Aug. 16 2010 01:32 PM

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