Lidia Bastianich is a popular chef who has a long running show on PBS. (Scroll down for a video with Lidia making a quick and delicious meal.) In Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen, she has written the heartwarming tale of recounting her early Christmas memories to her beloved grandchildren. I love reading stories about loving families and their special traditions and this book is no exception. Nonna Tell Me a Story starts with Lidia gathering her grandchildren to decorate the Christmas tree. Of course, they all want to hear the stories from Lidia’s childhood, so she happily complies. Christmas on her grandparents’ farm proved to be an exciting place for a child, with all kinds of treats and treasures to discover and enjoy (I love the picture of Lidia caring for little, fluffy bunnies!).
Her wonderful memories give her family some ideas of how to make their own Christmas extra special. The lovely illustrations in the book are by Laura Logan and they really bring the story to life, and give it so much warmth. An extra special addition to Nonna Tell Me a Story is that several of Lidia’s favorite Christmas-cookie recipes are included in the back! From the inspiring story, to the beautiful pictures, and with the delicious recipes, Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen is a delightful book in many ways, and I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Lidia Bastianich first learned how to cook in Italy when she was a little girl. She now owns four restaurants in New York City, one in Pittsburg, and one in Kansas City. She has three television shows on PBS, including Lidia’s Italy. In addition, Lidia has her own line of pasta sauces, a winery in Italy, and loves to cook with her five grandchildren! She lives in Long Island, NY.
About the Illustrator:
Laura Logan is a passionate children’s books illustrator. She has illustrated Two to Cuddle, The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, and The Easter Bunny’s Workshop. Laura lives near Austin, Texas with her husband and two children.
If you aren’t familiar with Lidia, here is a video you can watch to see her warm personality and excellent cooking skills.