Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is a prolific cookbook author and television chef. She also owns a restaurant and lectures about Italian food all over the USA. To top it all off, she has a website full of good food, Lidia's Italy. It is a safe bet that someone with those kind of chops has a very good recipe box.
The book has 100 recipes broken up by course. Appetizers, Salads and Soups, Sandwiches and Pizza, Primi-Pastas, Polentas, and Risottos, Sauces, Sides and Vegetables, Seafood, Poultry and Meats, and Desserts. Many beautiful photos accompany the text.
Reading through the recipes I find the instructions to be straight forward. Instructions include Lidia's own words of wisdom and helpful hints to guide you through each recipe, making this a book suitable for cooks of all levels. I can not wait to try,
Straw and Hay,
and the aforementioned Baked Polenta Layered with Mushroom Ragù.
Then there is Chocolate Biscotti Pudding, oh my.
A perfect book to keep on your shelf for inspiration when making your dinner menus, as well as a great gift for the cooks on your holiday list. Who doesn't love soul-satisfying food?
Knopf has offered to give one of these books to my readers. To enter, leave a comment telling us about your favorite Italian food. Comment before midnight, Thursday Novemeber 8th and I will post the winner on Friday. Good luck and I can't wait to read your comments.