The perfect gift during the upcoming holiday season is Lidia Bastianich’s latest cook book – “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party.” The world renowned celebrity chef, television host, author and restaurateur has collaborated with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, for this exceptional book. This is Lidia’s 15th cookbook and well may be the only one that you’ll ever need to plan and prepare for any gathering – from a dinner for two, to a wedding, all created with a delicious and delectable Italian flair.
In this delightful new cookbook, Lidia and Tanya provide an astonishing 220 recipes for entertaining in the distinctly Bastianich-style. Lidia has prepared gourmet meals for dignitaries, presidents and celebrities as well as many, many guests at her exquisite restaurants. Now everyone can plan their parties using her creative dishes. There is no question that your guests will adore these delectable creations, but the key to preparation is in the details. Lidia and Tanya do a masterful job describing the ingredients, preparation and presentation. When the women describe the recipes as “foolproof” they are not kidding. Laid out with beautiful photographs, the book explains why certain dishes meld seamlessly together, what to look for in the ingredients, chef tips to ensure the ideal presentation, both when you begin and as the dishes come together.
For those who love to cook, there are hundreds of tips that will have you smacking your forehead saying “Why didn’t I think of that!” For those that enjoy cooking but do not have a culinary degree, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian” is a handbook on how to prepare beautiful, delicious dishes flawlessly. Every household that enjoys Italian cuisine (in other words EVERY household) should have this book; however, when Lidia writes that these recipes will cover every occasion, she is absolutely correct – have you ever hosted an Italian-inspired barbeque? How about what to serve at a children’s birthday party? Lidia and Tanya walk you through the recipes that are an ideal fit for each occasion. In addition, there are sections on selecting the perfect wine, setting an inviting table and having a picnic Italian style!
There is a lot of thought that has gone into the selection of recipes with the emphasis on creating memorable and festive occasions. You will find a number of dishes that are familiar. If you have any other books by Lidia – her Bolognese Sauce, Butternut Squash Soup and Pork Shoulder with Genovese Sauce are classics. Recipes including Prosecco Punch, Leek, Walnut and Gorgonzola Salad, Pear and Pecorino Ravioli and Almond Torte with Chocolate Chips bring out the undeniable joy of effortless entertaining!
Appetizers, side dishes, main courses, desserts and other course are portioned on the larger side, often serving eight guests or more. The authors pass on plenty of party planning know-how, suggesting foods and presentation strategies for occasions, such as self-serve cocktail parties, New Year’s celebrations, engagements, weddings and birthdays.
The selection of recipes, full-color photographs and Lidia’s trademark warmth and enthusiasm make this her most festive book. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, a holiday gathering or a simple weeknight family dinner, Lidia’s flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes and advice will be a hit with family and friends.
“Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party” by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali is available at major books stores as well as Amazon.
About the Authors
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is an Emmy Award-winning public television host, bestselling author and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment empire.
Tanya Bastianich Manuali has had a passion for Italy’s art and culture since she was a child. She has co-authored numerous books with her mother and oversees the production of Lidia’s food line.