Lidia Bastianich was at my local Carlino's Market for a book signing on November 4th! I just adore her, and the fact that she never sold out to Food Network. She remains loyal to PBS, and she cooks with her Mamma - still!
I remember meeting her at Felidia, one of the restaurants she owns in NY. She was so gracious, and came up to out table to introduce herself and ask how our meal was. I was like a silly fan, grinning from ear to ear.
This time, I grabbed all 4 of my Lidia recipe books and shoved them in a backpack. My daughter and I donned our Wellies, and traipsed through the rain to Carlino's. I didn't have to wait long before she signed all four books (which I will give as gifts) and talked to me and my daughter. Kiddo was amazed that she was talking to someone she knew from TV.
Here she is! Love this special lady.