Lidia Bastianich has been described as the reigning queen of Italian cuisine in America. She is the host of cooking shows on PBS, including Lidia's Italy, a new 26-episode series which features American and Italian chefs preparing regional Italian dishes.
Bastianichs family fled Communist Istria in 1956 and became political refugees in Italy, before moving to the United States. Bastianich trained in kitchens in New York City and opened her first restaurant with her husband at the age of 24. Since then, she has opened several restaurants, including Felidia and Becco. She has also authored several cookbooks including Lidia's Family Table and Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen.
Question: Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the way the world is headed?
Transcript: Oh I am very pessimistic. No, no. The other . . . quite the other way. I am very optimistic. I think that as the world, as human beings we are very positive. And really all of us would like the best for ourselves, for our families, and even for our neighbors – absolutely. So there are those exceptions; but I have optimistic hopes and views, and almost assured that we will optimistically prevail.