Lidia Bastianich

Beloved by countless fans, chef, TV host, restaurateur and author, Lidia Bastianich, is known for her heartfelt and inviting cooking style. In her new memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, Lidia takes readers through her journey as a refugee, to a new life in America and the launch of her food business. She describes the struggle to open her flagship Manhattan restaurant, Felidia, and all the accolades that followed. Today, Lidia is an Emmy and James Beard award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author with a dozen books published to date, a successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Most importantly, Lidia has accomplished all of this by marrying her two passions in life–her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya.

Lidia’s cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter Tanya, include Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, Lidia’s Italy in America, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, and Lidia’s Italy–all companion books to the Emmy-winning and three-time nominated television series Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia’s Italy in America and Lidia’s Italy.

Lidia is the owner/co-owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants–Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City along with her daughter Tanya. Together with Tanya and son-in-law Corrado, Lidia has also developed a line of artisanal pastas and all-natural sauces, LIDIA’S, which are sold at fine food stores nationwide, including Draeger’s.

With her son and Italian business magnate Oscar Farinetti, the team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, with current locations in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Sao Paolo, Brazil and Los Angeles.

For Lidia, food remains a medium - a way of connecting with others “In this world today, more than ever, sitting together to connect with family and friends is so important,” she adds. “We may have hundreds of friends on social media, but our real friends are the ones we share meals with. Sharing food is a way to connect and nurture others with something you made.”