Open Book/Open Mind: Lidia Bastianich, Author “My American Dream,” March 21

Montclair Public Library and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host Lidia Bastianich, author of 11 cookbooks and Emmy award-winning host of public television’s “Lidia’s Kitchen,” to discuss her book My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food, (Penguin Random House 2018) on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Bastianich will be in conversation with Montclair food writer Marissa Rothkopf Bates, a trained chef and author of Newsweek’s “Gadget Lust” column.

My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food

Bastianich’s memoir details her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito’s communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security – despite the family’s poverty –learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they 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 Bastianich for the rest of her life. At age 12, she starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and 20 years on public television as the host of her own cooking show.

Tickets to this event will include a paperback copy of the book which can be signed by the author at the event. Please visit LidiaTickets or call 973-744-0500 x 2275 to purchase tickets. Full event details here.

“The Montclair Public Library is delighted to have Lidia share her story with us.  We are proud to bring another fascinating, worthwhile conversation to our community,” said Peter Coyl, Director of the Montclair Public Library.  “We also look forward to helping Toni’s Kitchen continue its mission to feed our neighbors in need.”

Donations of non-perishable food items to Toni’s Kitchen at St. Luke’s Church are welcome at the event. Montclair Public Library and Toni’s Kitchen partner to provide free lunches for children at MPL when school is not in session during spring and summer breaks. Toni’s Kitchen and its friendly staff is also known for serving nutritious, homemade meals four days a week at its soup kitchen, and so much more.

Open Book/Open Mind: My American Dream
Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

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