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: Who would you interview, and what would you ask?
Lidia Bastianich: I think I would like to talk to Gandhi. And that inner peace – how can we sort of make an epidemic of it? If at all, how can that spread throughout the world? Because I think when people are peaceful with themselves and understand, then they’re much more accepting of everything else.
Question: What should we be asking ourselves?
Lidia Bastianich: I think the question that we should ask ourself, again, is, “Am I happy with myself?” Just take . . . Go outside yourself for a moment and say, “Is this the person that I wanna be?” If yes, then continue. What is no, then try to correct.
Recorded on: 10/4/07