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Cook Like Nonna with Lidia Bastianich’s Latest Cookbook

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Let’s face it—nobody can cook like Nonna. If you have ever attempted to dazzle family and friends by recreating authentic Italian recipes and you don’t have an Italian grandmother handy, you need to go to the source. It doesn’t get more authentic than Lidia Bastianich, the Emmy-winning host of WGBH’s Lidia’s Kitchen. Bastianich’s newest book, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook (Knopf, October 28 2015), is a comprehensive guided tour through the world of real Italian ingredients, recipes and techniques. In the introduction to the cookbook, Lidia Bastianich writes about growing up in Northern Italy and cooking with her grandparents under the Communist Yugoslavian regime. According to her,…

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web Plot Details Revealed

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You know, years later, I’m still wondering how Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became as popular as it did. But, unlike my usual ponderings on popularity (à la: 50 Shades of Crap), The Millennium Series’ rise to fame baffles me because it’s actually quite good. And, as a contrarian, underground, pseudo-pre-hipster-type guy, I’m not used to things I like being all that popular. But Larsson pulled it off somehow and was, reportedly, prepared to keep pulling it off for at least seven more novels past The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2007) before he died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2004. A lot of people thought the series was as dead as Henrik Vanger, but on…

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