Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen

Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen

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by Lidia Bastianich, Laura Logan
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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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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“The book contains adorable illustrations by Renée Graef and eighteen recipes, which emphasize fresh seasonal ingredients.”

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Nonni Lidia tells her five grandkids about what Christmas was like in Italy when she was a child, with a juniper bush hung with real fruit, cinnamon sticks, and cookies. She so successfully evokes the fun and the tantalizing smells that the children decide to decorate their tree the same way. Bastianich, a television chef and cookbook author, clearly bases this story on her own family and experiences, and she includes plenty of delicious, if somewhat challenging, cookie recipes. The illustrations show round-faced, beaming family members cooking, eating, and celebrating together. A cheerful depiction of the making and sharing of holiday traditions.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

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 clearlyrequire an adult's assistance. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762443208
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
1,031,808
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

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Nonna Tell Me a Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Lidia's cookbook, and was so happy she wrote a children's Christmas book. She instills family tradition, food, and spending time together. That's the best Christmas present anyone would love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleased to find this book/cookbook as a gift for a dear friend who is Italian, is a grandmother who is called Nonna and is interested in cooking (especially with her grandchild).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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