SOLD OUT! - Long Island LitFest Presents LIDIA BASTIANICH

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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Fri, Sep 28 7:30 PM


Long Island LitFest Presents


Friday, September 28, 7:30 pm


Tickets include a copy of her memoir, My American Dream, audience Q&A, book signing reception
Members $30/Public $35

Meet Public Television’s Lidia Bastianich, in conversation with Newsday’s longtime food writer Erica Marcus!
LIDIA BASTIANICH is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives in Douglaston, Queens.
Lidia grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Pola, a small city on the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula.  In her new memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, Lidia takes readers from her life under communism, a dramatic escape across the border and life as a refugee, to her journey to America - penniless – and the launch of her food business. She describes the struggle to open her flagship Manhattan restaurant, Felidia, and all the accolades that followed, including the night that Julia Child and James Beard came to dine (which later resulted in the launch of Lidia’s TV career). The rest, they say, is history.
ERICA MARCUS has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She regularly blogs at and, in 2016, she took on the additional role of restaurant reviewer. After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica worked at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn where she still lives.