Favorite Recipes from Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
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Join Lidia as she cooks her favorite recipes from the public television series "Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen," complete with ten detailed recipes and easy-to-follow instructions. Recipes include: Meat-Stuffed Peppers, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Basic Risotto, Spaghettini with Oil and Garlic, Linguine with Clam and Broccoli Sauce, Meat and Spinach Cannelloni, Manicotti, and Ricotta Cheesecake.
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Lidia is a woman of great strength and history, and her life story is one of awe and due respect; she did not come by her success by any connections or affiliations, rather she earned it by extremely hard work, a sincere dedication, and proud commitment. She is also a scholar of food and food chemistry, so what she teaches, she understands in it's most complex form, yet she will impart that education in ways that make you understand and appreciate. That is why she has a no-nonsense approach to food and what it can give to you if you both understand and coach it to it's final stage.
The disc comes clipped into a single jacket and her series is produced by A La Carte Communications. On the front of the jacket is a lovely photo of Lidia welcoming you to come join her as she teaches you her recipes and secrets. On the back are two photos of dishes along with reference sites to go to for further information, which include the series sponsors who helped to underwrite these segments.
Her single disc dvd contains:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Spaghettini with Oil and Garlic
Linguine with Clam and Broccoli Sauce
Meat and Spinach Cannelloni
Meat Sauce Bolognese
Fresh Pasta (the basics for all your pasta needs; alot of fun)
Ricotta Cheesecake (absolutely delicious!)
This disc contains the basics of Italian cooking, and for those who are already adept at this level, they may not feel challenged. But I enjoyed every moment and you can be assured that you might come away with a couple more ideas and ways of preparing this great cuisine than you thought.
I so very much hope that they continue with the distribution of more DVD's from her inspiring cooking show. Her segment on "gnocchi" (Italian potato dumplings) is just superb, and just one more example of the dedicated fan base that she has due to her style and manners. Yes, she is very soft-spoken, but she gently teaches the finer points of Italian cooking.
I had the incredible experience of meeting her during a visit to Chicago to promote the PBS station which airs her program. She is a most gracious woman and her in-person persona is no different than her TV persona. She really loves the complexity, and simplicity, of good food and she relishes in teaching you just that.
Once again, grazie Signora per tutto!!
While I would have appreciated the addition of at least one veal dish (veal scaloppini...), the recipes presented are a nice variety and a must for every fan of the show and of Lidia. It makes for an easy reference that you can return to at any time.
Aviano Air Base, Italy
When it comes to Italian Cuisine, TV style, I've seen and tasted them all-Carlo Middione, Mary Ann Esposito, Biba Caggiano, Nick Stellino. To my mind, Lidia stands head and shoulders above them all. Nobody does it better! I'm not interested in how monotone she may be. When I watch Lidia, I do not want to be entertained a la Nick Stellino. I want to learn about and appreciate the art of a true master, who loves to cook and eat!
For those of you out there who want to learn some of the basics of Italian home cooking, get this DVD. For those of you who want more, wait for her second release. But it might not be a bad idea to keep this one in the cabinet; just in case!