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Wed, Apr 25, 2018

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich


My American Dream:
A Life of Love, Family, and Food

Tickets on sale Mar 8 at 9am (book included)

This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH—bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and successful restaurateur—for a discussion of her latest book, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food.

About My American Dream

Lidia’s story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito’s communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security—despite the family’s poverty—learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States—an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show.


“Restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV host Bastianich offers an ebullient, nostalgic memoir of her journey to success . . . A warm story of a life buoyed by resilience, determination, love of family, and food.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Chef and restaurateur Bastianich offers a look into her culinary background in this charming memoir . . . Through her lyrical prose, she also encourages readers to find the bright side of any situation. This is a welcome addition to any food lover’s library.” —Publishers Weekly

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy Award–winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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