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Lidia's Family Kitchen: Nonna's Birthday Surprise

Lidia's Family Kitchen: Nonna's Birthday Surprise

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.

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Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Fiction / Cooking & Food

On Sale: March 26th 2013

Price: $16.95 / $19.95 (CAD)

Page Count: 60

ISBN-13: 9780762446551

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"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."—

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