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Lidia Celebrates America

Join Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels across the country visiting the men and women serving on the front lines, from firefighters in California battling wildfires, to medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Lidia meets first responders who’ve worked quietly in the shadows, and now find themselves thrust into the spotlight by crises facing the country in 2020.

Lidia Celebrates America: A Salute to First Responders

56m 20s

Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich travels across the country visiting the men and women serving on the front lines, from firefighters in California battling wildfires, to medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Lidia meets first responders who’ve worked quietly in the shadows, and now find themselves thrust into the spotlight by crises facing the country in 2020.

Episodes

  • Lidia Celebrates America: A Salute to First Responders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lidia Celebrates America: A Salute to First Responders

    56m 20s

    Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich travels across the country visiting the men and women serving on the front lines, from firefighters in California battling wildfires, to medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Lidia meets first responders who’ve worked quietly in the shadows, and now find themselves thrust into the spotlight by crises facing the country in 2020.

  • Lidia Celebrates America: The Return of the Artisans: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lidia Celebrates America: The Return of the Artisans

    56m 26s

    Join Lidia Bastianich this holiday season, as the renowned chef, author and food ambassador journeys across the country to explore how food artisans and artisanal crafts are gaining momentum in the U.S.

  • Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast

    56m 34s

    In her latest documentary special A Heartland Holiday Feast, Lidia Bastianich takes viewers on a cross-country journey. She explores how Americans representing diverse heritages are both preserving their own culinary traditions and transforming local cuisine. The people she meets in these small rural towns provide inspiration for a magnificent celebratory meal.

Extras + Features

  • Lidia Makes Shoofly Pie in Pennsylvania: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lidia Makes Shoofly Pie in Pennsylvania

    2m 30s

    In Bethlehem, PA, Bonnie Boyer and her grandson Adam show Lidia how to make shoofly pie. Bonnie is locally renowned for her Pennsylvania Dutch recipes; she has the reputation for making some of the best shoofly pie in the area. In her latest special A Heartland Holiday Feast, Lidia Bastianich travels cross-country meeting Americans with diverse heritages and culinary traditions.

  • Home For the Holidays: Christopher Walken: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Home For the Holidays: Christopher Walken

    1m 36s

    Academy award winning American actor, Christopher Walken is an old friend of Lidia Bastianich. His father owned and operated a bakery, which a young Lidia Bastianich worked at. The first guest to arrive for the holiday dinner, Walken prepares a delicious dish with Lidia, which she coins 'Scallops A La Walken.'

  • Homegrown Heroes: Alvina Maynard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Homegrown Heroes: Alvina Maynard

    1m 24s

    In this clip from Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes, Alvina Maynard describes how farming gives a person purpose. Alvina raises alpacas, as the owner of River Hill Ranch in Richmond, Kentucky.

  • American Spoon Jam: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Spoon Jam

    2m 40s

    Lidia takes a tour of American Spoon Jam, in Petoskey, Michigan. American Spoon offers a rigorous training program to teach workers how to produce the finest fruit preserves while remaining committed to using centuries-old cooking techniques.

  • A Salute to First Responders Extended Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Salute to First Responders Extended Preview

    2m 33s

    Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich travels across the country visiting the men and women serving on the front lines, from firefighters in California battling wildfires, to medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Lidia meets first responders who’ve worked quietly in the shadows and now find themselves thrust into the spotlight by crises facing the country in 2020.

  • Lidia Cooks in the Tradition of the Buffalo Soldiers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lidia Cooks in the Tradition of the Buffalo Soldiers

    1m 22s

    As part of her latest special A Heartland Holiday Feast, Lidia Bastianich travels to Lawton, OK, and learns the history of the Buffalo soldiers, and their role in the 1800s, making the West safe for settlement. Lidia and Wallace, a soldier who works to keep the history of the Buffalo Soldiers alive, share cornbread, some dumplings, baked beans, and coffee, cooking everything over an open fire.

  • Home For the Holidays: Carlo Ponti: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Home For the Holidays: Carlo Ponti

    2m 53s

    Growing up, cooking was always a part of daily life for Carlo Ponti Jr. His mother, Sophia Loren, was a skilled cook, and the author of several cook books, while Sophia’s mother and sister were also fantastic cooks. Here, Lidia Bastianich and Carlo make pasta together in honor of his mother. Carlo Ponti Jr, is a former actor, now award winning conductor.

  • Homegrown Heroes: Kelly Carlisle: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Homegrown Heroes: Kelly Carlisle

    1m 57s

    In this clip from Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes, we learn about Kelly Carlisle's journey, from her youth in a crime ridden neighborhood, to the Navy, and now farming. Kelly explains how farming and gardening made her a better person. She has founded Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, a non-profit urban farm that focuses on serving at-risk youth from kindergarten to 8th grade.

  • Benton's Smoked Country Ham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Benton's Smoked Country Ham

    2m 50s

    In Madisonville, Tennessee, Lidia catches up with Allan Benton, of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, who has spent 45 years mastering the art of curing meat and making traditional country ham, slow-smoked bacon and sausage using century-old techniques rather than modern technology—customs that spring from his Appalachian upbringing.

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