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  • Nonna's Birthday Surprise

  • Italian chef and icon, Lidia Bastianich, shares her family table in this adorable book for kids.
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  • Lidia Bastianich is a renowned chef and host of the famous cooking show Lidia's Italy. She is also a best-selling author and chef/owner of half a dozen restaurants. But maybe more than that Lidia is  "nonna," or grandmother to 5 grandchildren. In her newest book, Nonna's Birthday Surprise, Lidia shares the joy of food and cooking with the grandchildren, culminating in a birthday dinner for her mother, Nonna Mima. Along the way Lidia shares memories of growing up in Istria, and the central role food played in her life.

    Spring 2 The book contains adorable illustrations by Renée Graef and eighteen recipes, which emphasize fresh seasonal ingredients. Nonna’s surprise  is Pasta Primavera, that can be put together with a variety of vegetables.  Each recipe  contains a “Kids Can” section, which lays out tasks for the kids,  such as measure out ingredients and pick parsley leaves for chopping. Recipes 2 Sharing simple, joyful meals with loved ones--also growing, harvesting, and preparing the foods we ate. Our lives were in sync with the rhythms of nature--the land, plants, animals and seasons. We knew where our food came from and respected is, using everything and wasting nothing.--Lidia Bastianich --By Alexandra Rose See Alexandra Rose make the Tomato Almond Pesto with Spaghetti on our blog Brought to you by: Relish

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