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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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Apple and Bean Soup
Every region of Italy has a fagioli (bean) soup...
 
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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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Feel your food
It is a good idea to touch your food products, especially vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats, when yo...
 
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The Splendid Table
Lidia will be joining Lynne Rossetto on Turkey Confidential this Thanksgiving for their" annual live, call in show from...
 
Lidia in Chicago
Lidia will be in Chicago this week visiting her Public Television friends at WTTW, conducting a class at Eataly Chicgao " and...
 
NY Moves Power Women Event 2014
Lidia will be honored at the NY Moves Power Women Event on Friday November 14. This is a wonderful event honoring influential...
 
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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
Enjoy Lidia's pastas and sauces!
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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March 18, 2014
Feel your food

It is a good idea to touch your food products, especially vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats, when you are buying them and when you are cooking them. Touching and looking for the texture of ingredient is always very telling. I have been told that I am very sensual with my ingredients when I cook. But I know that I understand them much better when I have handled them. I can tell if meat is stingy and tough, and I can tell how fresh fish is by how firm it is. I can tell that vegetables are fresh when they are firm and crisp, when an artichoke squeaks under my fingers, the string bean snaps when I bend it, the pepper squirts when I break it open, and an eggplant is shiny and firm to the touch.