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The Best of Lidia

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Enjoy highlights from the popular public television show, Lidia s Italy. Featuring Lidia Bastianich, known as the beloved doyenne of Italian cooking in America. Lidia shares some of her simplest and most delicious recipes from her travels to all of the regions of Italy. The Best of Lidia features family friendly starters, quick pastas, main courses, and some of Lidia s favorite desserts.

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  • Actors: Lidia Bastianich
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TCRQ68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 13, 2010
The Best of Lidia is a DVD collection some of the most beloved recipes by public television chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, best known for her sumptuous Italian cooking that the whole family can enjoy. The Best of Lidia features recipes from Lidia's travels across Italy, from zesty starters to quick pastas, main courses, and desserts fit for a prince! A wonderful addition to culinary DVD libraries, The Best of Lidia lives up to its title with easy-to-follow instructions for preparing delicious recipes, and is highly recommended for aspiring chefs of all skill and experience levels. 85 minutes, widescreen, closed captioned.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 7, 2010
If you are a fan of Lidia B. ( I always misspell her last name) the NY restaurateur and celebrity chef on PBS, you'll probably want to get this DVD which combines highlights of her series called "Lidia's Italy". Each of the televised shows covered a complete meal from appetizer to dessert. Here the producers re-edited it so you get a grouping of appetizer, then entrees and then desserts. You can watch Lidia change her clothes - or even try to match three courses by remembering what she wore! - as you go through the courses. There are brief scenes of regions of Italy as Lidia tells you where a certain dish originated.

Unlike many TV celebrity chefs, Lida is not big on providing details. When she says "we'll add a little butter" it can be a half-stick or a half-pound. A "little olive oil" can vary a lot. As for cooking times, they are rarely given and the show is not presented in real time. "Let's put in the oven until cooked" is a typical comment. (To be fair the DVD does have the recipes as .pdf files to print out but watching her doesn't always show you how to do it.).

Most of the recipes are what Lidia calls "simple" but you may not have just two sage leaves lying around. And the baked apples are a bit more complicated because you need to make a cherry sauce as well as a chocolate sauce. (None of her dishes is low in calories or fat; I warn you.)

I did have to laugh as we got to what has to be the simplest recipe here. It's called "sausage with grapes". Ready for Lydia's recipe? Here it is:

1. Brown Italian link sausages in a frying pan
2. Add some green grapes and continue cooking
3. Place on a plate and serve

Yep, that's it! For this you need her to demonstrate it?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By preppygirl56 on March 4, 2014
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look no further for the best Lidia DVD. i love this DVD and just watched it again. this is a collection of segments from her popular television show that is no longer on television.
Lidia is a down-to-earth home cook and chef that has become so popular because of her ease in the kitchen with traditional Italian recipes.

this DVD include 4 dessert recipes, 5 main dishes, 4 additional pasta dishes, and much more. she shows the countryside and gives many hints about preparation and serving her meals. i love the pasta dishes presented in this show, including the one with apples. it looks absolutely delicious.

her almond cake and baked apples are also perfection. three of the recipes are available on printable pdf's. but, the others are so easy to follow, that a pencil and paper will have you cooking them in no time.

i am so glad to have this DVD for reference. it is perfect for a gift for any cooking enthusiast, or for someone learning to cook.
the run time is 85 minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nadia Marcinkowski on June 6, 2013
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A variety of recipes, tips and more. Lidia is the best. If you love cooking you will love this dvd.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By neno ognianov on January 6, 2013
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it is very poor info on that dvd ! need more recepies ! I am a cook myself not a dvd colector , therefore I need dvd-s with more recepies on it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have two book from Lidia with over 300 recepies , and I need those on dvd !
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By S. Allman on August 11, 2012
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I have learned so much from this amazing Chef!
She should never retire from her PBS series.
Is it any wonder that my guests love my dinner
parties! I copy all of Lydia's dishes, and she
knows her food! What an artist she is!
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By Diane Palmer on December 17, 2013
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Lidia's cookbooks are the best! I love the way she gives directions. I combine the cookbooks with any of her videos on the same recipe. Each recipe has been delicious. THANKS LIDIA!
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Lidia's techniques are easy to understand and master, she removes all or any mystery from Italian cooking, and gives the viewer many guidelines by which to follow.
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