From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur - a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.
Lidia's story begins with 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, Nonna Rosa. 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 Lidia for the rest of her life.
At age 12, Lidia 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. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.
What made the experience of listening to My American Dream the most enjoyable?
This was a timely book about an immigrant experience to the United States. The author's narration made it even more interesting.
What other book might you compare My American Dream to and why?
I would compare this book to Threading My Prayer Rug. Both books were narrated by the authors who came to the U.S. and made a life here.
Which scene was your favorite?
So many amazing scenes ... the descriptions of living in the refuge camp for 2 years awaiting authorization to immigrate to the US were heart-wrenching but at the same time filled with patience and love.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was too long to listen to in one sitting, but a book to look forward to getting back to as soon as possible.
Any additional comments?
My American Dream is a timely thought provoking immigrant story. The author’s well done narration gives the book a personal touch. Chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich describes her journey as a young girl with her family through their immigrant experience to the present day; a reminder that the United States is truly a melting pot.