Lidia Bastianich

Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church of Dallas

In conversation with Paula Lambert, founder, Mozzarella Company and Viaggi Deliziosi
Promotional Partner: KERA
Bestselling cookbook author, beloved television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich returns to the page with My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. This heartwarming memoir begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's Communist regime. Here, Bastianich learns everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. Eventually, her family is forced to flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States, an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life.

Twelve-year-old Lidia starts a new life in New York and begins working in restaurants, taking the first steps toward fulfilling her American dream. Told with her hallmark warmth and gusto, this memoir details Bastianich’s close-knit family and her passion for food, which ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, 13 cookbooks, and 20 years on public television as the Emmy Award–winning host of Lidia's Kitchen.

Bastianich is a successful business owner/partner in restaurants including Felidia, Becco, Esca, and Del Posto, as well as the acclaimed Eataly marketplaces.

VIP Experience includes reserved front section seating, a hardcover signed copy of My
American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food
, and a three-course dinner at 6:00 p.m. in
the Founders Room featuring some of Bastianich's favorite recipes and brief commentary by the author.

One ticket + one book: Public: $65, Member/Educator: $60, Student: $55
Two tickets + one book: Public: $85, Member/Educator: $80, Student: $75