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Lidia Bastianich on Her New PBS Special “Lidia Celebrates America: Flavors That Define Us”

The chef and TV host discusses her life, career, and how food brings cultures together across the U.S.


Lidia Celebrates America on Immigrant Food restaurant in Washington, DC on November 7, 2022.


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For the full hour, we are joined by James Beard and Emmy Award-winning public television host and internationally renowned chef, Lidia Bastianich who discusses her new PBS special Lidia Celebrates America: Flavors That Define Us.

The special features Bastianich as she travels across the country meeting with recent immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans to reflect on their journeys and what being an American means to them.

Also, Bastianich shares details from her life including her Italian heritage and coming to America at an early age, as well as her career as a restauranteur and chef on public television.

Plus, one of the two Houstonians featured in the special, Khalil Arab, calls in to share his personal story as a former interpreter for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan and his journey to the U.S.

Lidia Celebrates America: Flavors That Define Us is now streaming on and the PBS App.



Lidia Bastianich

  • Emmy Award-winning Public Television Host
  • Internationally Renowned Chef
  • Bestselling Author
  • Restauranteur, Becco in New York City & Lidia's in Kansas City

Khalil Arab

  • Former Interpreter for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan
  • SIV's and Allies Program Manager, Combined Arms

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