My pal Radzilla was kind enough to score us some tix to see one of our favorite culinary icons, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.
I love her because she reminds me so much of my Italian aunt in Rome. I also love that her rustic, unpretentious recipes are accessible to every kind of cook. No one does simple, Italian comfort food better. And she's just as real in person as she seems to be on tv.
I told her that I grew up watching PBS cooking shows (Julia Child and Jacques Pepin) and that now my daughter and I watch her together. She loved that we're sharing experience. "Cook with your children," she said. "Take fresh herbs and hold them up to your daughter's nose and tell her what everything is." Great advice for all parents.
Here's the day in pictures: