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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Pasta Water
Pasta should be cooked in abundant salted water. Baring health needs, water should taste pleasantly sa...
 
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Tarry Market Book Signing
Lidia and Tanya will be at Tarry Market" in Portchester, NY on Saturday May 23rd from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Lidia will be signing...
 
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Lidia and Tanya will be at Book Revue on Saturday May 16th"  in Huntington, NY from 2-4pm for a book...
 
James Beard Awards 2015
Lidia will be" presenting at the 2015 James" Beard Awards this evening in Chicago. This is a great evening covering all aspects...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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LIDIA'S
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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May 25, 2015
Pasta Water

Pasta should be cooked in abundant salted water. Baring health needs, water should taste pleasantly salty and it should be at the boiling point before throwing the pasta in. When cooking pasta, oil should never be added to the cooking water except when cooking wide fresh pasta such as lasagna or the sauce won’t adhere properly to the pasta. Follow the cooking time on the box but to test pasta doneness, bite into a strand to determine whether or not the pasta has the appropriate al dente texture to your liking. As soon as the pasta is done, drain immediately, shaking off the excess water. Pasta should never be rinsed, except when making cold pasta dishes. Always sauce the pasta immediately while it is still hot. After you have drained the pasta, return it to the cooking pot or transfer it to a warmed bowl. Immediately add a few tablespoons of sauce and toss until all the pasta is coated. Toss with cheese and serve piping hot.