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Lidia's Family Kitchen: Nonna’s Birthday Surprise
By (author) Lidia Bastianich Illustrated by Renee Graef

Summary

It's Nonna Mima's birthday, and Nonna Lidia and her grandkids are determined to throw her a surprise feast! While planning the evening's menu, Nonna Lidia shares her memories of growing up on the farm during each season of the year, gardening her own fruits and vegetables, and being surrounded by animals of all kinds. After a trip to the farmers' market, Lidia and the kids prepare a pasta primavera, perfect for a family celebration!

Renée Graef's warm, heartfelt illustrations capture Lidia Bastianich's love for her family and the food that they share. Included are eighteen recipes that emphasize the ingredients abundant during each season and the use of leftover ingredients, while "Kids Can" suggestions note ways that kids can participate in the making of the meals.

Whether you are looking for an intergenerational family story or are a fan of America's favorite Italian chef, Nonna's Birthday Surprise delivers a savory treat.


about Lidia Bastianich and Renee Graef

  • 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.

    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.

reviews

"As warm and homey as a Sicilian country kitchen, this latest foray . . . should appeal across generations."—The New York Times

"[Lidia's] exhortations about seasonal, fresh and healthful eating and her celebration of the sensuous joys of touching, tasting and experiencing food are evocative and winning. The 18 recipes at the back are excellent.'—Kirkus Reviews

"[S]oft, cheery scenes of intergenerational interaction, highlighting the idea that children can play active roles in family meals."—Publishers Weekly

"It's a recipe of roles that makes for a delightful little story."—Chicago Tribune

"The book contains adorable illustrations by Renée Graef and eighteen recipes, which emphasize fresh seasonal ingredients."—Relish.com


other editions

  • Hardcover | ISBN 9780762446551
    Pub date: 03/26/2013 | Price: 19.95 Canada/$16.95
    60 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
    JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons
    JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762451364
    Pub date: 03/26/2013 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    60 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
    JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons
    JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
  • eBook | ISBN 9780762451371
    Pub date: 03/26/2013 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    60 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
    JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons
    JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
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