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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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Finding the right olive oil
Many people are familiar with wine tasting, but how about olive oil? When tasting an olive oil, examin...
 
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Lidia will be appearing on Un Mondo Da Amare"tonight at"8:00pm on Rai 1. It will be a spectacular evening filled with great...
 
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Lidia will be appearing on The Talk today December 8th preparing a hearty meal that is perfect for the holidays. Be sure to check...
 
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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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November 8, 2014
Finding the right olive oil

Many people are familiar with wine tasting, but how about olive oil? When tasting an olive oil, examine the color before taking a sip. The riper the olives, the more yellow their oil, while young olives make for greener hues. Freshly pressed olive oil can be shocking in its greenness, but the longer the oil ages, it mellows in color and taste. Next, take in the oil’s aroma. Does it smell of grass? How about tomato leaf or almond? Finally, sip the olive oil while sucking in air and exhaling from your nose. High quality olive oil should have flavors to match its aroma and should not feel heavy or greasy in the mouth. The different flavors of olive oil are determined by the varietals of olives used in making the oil. In choosing olive oils, remember that there’s no right answer—go with your gut!