What inspires you?

Question: Do you have a creative process?

Lidia Bastianich: Yes. I think that to create, I first need to take in, and learn, and assimilate. And on that basis then, I have to give myself a place or a situation to create. For me, I think time with myself, with nature – specifically the sea, the water – classical music. Music really sets me in a great state of creation. Traveling. Traveling. Different cultures will stimulate creativity in the basis of information that I have. So I see something, “Oh I can do this. Or this will be better this way.” So I think it’s taking time to nourish oneself physically and mentally. One is able to reproduce . . . produce ideas.

 

Classical music and travel stimulate Bastianich's creativity.

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