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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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Garlic
Garlic is immediately associated with Italian cooking. Yes, we Italian’s use garlic abundantly in ou...
 
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Lidia on Fox 5 Segment
Lidia will be appearing on New York's Fox TV affiliate, WNYW LIVE, on the 5:00pmET show on December 12th with a display of...
 
Lidia on The Talk
Lidia will be appearing on The Talk today December 8th preparing a hearty meal that is perfect for the holidays. Be sure to check...
 
Book Signing at Eataly NY
Lidia will be hosting a book signing of Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking" on Tuesday December 9th from 5 to 7p.m. at Eataly...
 
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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 Stoneware Collection

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March 9, 2014
Garlic

Garlic is immediately associated with Italian cooking. Yes, we Italian’s use garlic abundantly in our cooking, but it is in Italian-American cooking that garlic became so dominant and ever-present. Garlic’s flavor is released when the cell walls are broken and the enzymes react with the flavor molecules. Therefore, the more you chop garlic, the more intense its aroma and flavor. You can control the intensity of the flavor of garlic by crushing or slicing the garlic cloves, but chopping it will yield the most flavor. To neutralize the activity of the garlic, so it does not continue to repeat on you, make sure it is thoroughly cooked.