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.
“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.”
“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.”
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