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Lidia Bastianich

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[…]

We need to collectively finding more time to sit together at the table and eat. Dinners provide a way to permeate each others’ thoughts.

Topic: Food is Love

Lidia Bastianich: I think collectively we should be all together at the table much more often than we are. Because I think that the table is such a magnet for interaction. From the family on to world issues. It’s . . . Food is a conduit, a venue that we can sort of permeate each others’ thoughts. So at the table beginning with the family and the family eating together; to the leaders eating each others’ food at the table and maybe discussing the poignant issue over a nice bowl of pasta. I think individually, we should have a consciousness of ourself, of our body, of living well, and using food to get there in a positive fashion. You know using food to give us pleasure. Using food to lose those few pounds enjoyably, not in a negative negation. Because I think today food is negated a lot. You know, “No, no, no.” It’s that food is, “Yes, yes, yes.” It’s the right food, it’s the right amount, at the right time.

Recorded on: 10/4/07