How do you contribute?

Question: What impact does your work have on the world?

Lidia Bastianich: I know I . . . Humbly I will say it has a tremen . . . substantial . . . a substantial impact. And how do . . . how do I know that? Well because my restaurant, and now with my son Joseph, and with __________ and so on, in partnership we have more than 12 restaurants. I have published just my fifth book. My television series is in its eighth year. And at the end of the day there’s 50 million viewers. My books sell in the 400,000 or 500,000 copies. So I know I reach people out there. My show has been bought in Australia, in New Zealand, Asia satellite, Canada. So I know that there is a want for what . . . the message that I’m giving. And I know that people are buying it and listening. So I am humbled by this, but I feel it is a great responsibility.

 

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