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March 2019 Non-Fiction Releases

Lidia: A Life of Love, Family, and Food
9780525610533 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Culinary Mar 05, 2019
$21.95 CAD
Active 5.17 x 7.97 x 0.7 in | 0.71 lb 352 pages 59 PHOTOS IN TEXT Appetite by Random House
From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur—a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia’s story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito’s communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security—despite the family’s poverty—learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States—an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.

FIRST MEMOIR: Although Lidia has revealed bits of herself in all of her cookbooks, this is the first time she is writing an in-depth and revealing memoir.

A GREAT AMERICAN STORY: From a childhood of poverty in Italy, to a refugee camp, to her arrival on American shores, to building a restaurant empire and becoming a famous TV personality and best-selling author, Lidia’s life is the Great American Story.

PUBLICITY: As we all know, Lidia is a publicity machine. One of the extraordinary things to see when Lidia does her regular publicity tours for Knopf is how people respond to her: they feel as if she is a member of their family—and Lidia deals with them in the exact same way. And because this book is so different from anything she has ever done, we will be able to branch out and broaden her usual publicity appearances.

RESTAURANT EMPIRE: It is growing rapidly and we will be able to sell and promote the books at all of her restaurants and Eataly markets.

LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.

Author Residence: Long Island, New York

Author Hometown: Pula, Croatia

Author Website:

Author Social Media:, Twitter and IG:@lidiabastianich

“Restaurateur, cookbook author, and TV host Bastianich offers an ebullient, nostalgic memoir of her journey to success…A warm story of a life buoyed by resilience, determination, love of family, and food.”

“Chef and restaurateur Bastianich offers a look into her culinary background in this charming memoir… Through her lyrical prose, she also encourages readers to find the bright side of any situation. This is a welcome addition to any food lover’s library.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“In this memoir, restaurateur, television star, and cookbook author Bastianich personifies the American dream. …the grande dame of Italian cooking in America…Bastianich’s story holds even more significance for her triumph in a male- dominated industry.”
—Starred Booklist Review

“it is a touching (and timely) read.”
—New York Journal of Books

“It paints a loving and often mouth-watering picture of her culinary adventures.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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