Inadequate ingredients can make a pasta dish bland or a fish recipe, well, fishy. That's why Lidia Bastianich of PBS's "Lidia's Italy" teaches viewers how to select the best ingredients as well as how to prepare them. Lidia presents a practical, sensible and unflappable demeanor, which she comes by honestly as owner of four New York City restaurants. She's also written cookbooks and hosted other cooking shows, so she's prepared for whatever happens.
Since the show debuted in 2007, Bastianich has featured recipes from multiple areas in Italy. Topics include using wine and chocolate, featuring fontina cheese in recipes, stirring up simple sauces and making fresh pasta. Before cooking, Bastianich might pay a visit to the source of her ingredients, seeking out wine or prosciutto makers. The food prep part of the show is designed so viewers are able to cook the dish right along with Bastianich -- she might as well be in your kitchen.