Nonna Tell Me a Story

Lidia's Christmas Kitchen

By Lidia Bastianich; Laura Logan (Illustrator)
(Running Press Kids, Hardcover, 9780762436927, 56pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

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Description

America’s favorite Italian-American cook, Lidia Bastianich, shares the story of the Christmases she used to celebrate in Italy with her five grandchildren.

When Lidia was a child, she spent Christmas with her grandparents, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa by preparing food in their smokehouse and kitchen. Lidia and her brother would also find a big beautiful juniper bush to cut down for their holiday tree. And they made their own holiday decorations with nuts, berries, and herbs they collected for their meals.

This delightful picture book is filled with the story of Lidia’s Christmas traditions, delicious recipes, and decorating ideas all perfected over the years by Lidia and her family.




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.

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.




Praise For Nonna Tell Me a Story

Kirkus Review
A Christmas reminiscence from the Italian-American cooking-show host. Her warmhearted autobiographical story begins in a contemporary Christmas setting with the author, her five grandchildren and her own mother. The author then gathers her grandchildren around to recount her memories of childhood Christmases in Italy, when all the decorations for their trees were homemade cookies and ornaments made from natural materials such as figs and bay leaves. The next section includes the recipes for the 16 holiday treats mentioned in the story, primarily different types of Christmas cookies. A final section describes the family’s traditions for decorating their tree in more detail. Logan’s pleasant illustrations of the happy family add to the amiable overall effect. The main story is accessible enough to children, but making the recipes will clearly require an adult’s assistance. (author’s note) (Informational picture book. 5-8) 

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