Fresh Air/NPR: How 'Peasant Food' Helped Chef Lidia Bastianich Achieve Her 'American Dream

On how Julia Child encouraged her to start cooking on television

As far as television, when I was the chef in Felidia [Restaurant], … one of the [people] that came was Julia Child, and with her, also, James Beard came for dinner. And she was very interested in risotto — how to make it. So we became friends, I taught her how to make risotto, and we continued our friendship.


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