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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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Milano
So excited as I begin filming another season of Junior MasterChef Italia over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more info this...
 
Lidia in Friuli
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Sailing the Adriatic
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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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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.