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A Korean Wedding in Queens

A Korean wedding tradition, the groom carries the bride on her back

A blushing bride glows in her gold-trimmed red sari. Mardi Gras Indians dressed in vibrant feathers move to the beat of a drum. A happy couple, clad in jewel-toned robes, bow reverently before their elders. From jumping the broom to tying the knot, wedding celebrations in America are as diverse as the nation itself. Join celebrity chef and culinary author Lidia Bastianich, as her “plus one” on a cross-country matrimonial odyssey, in her new PBS prime-time special, Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New.

Lidia selects a fabric for her dressIn Flushing, Queens, New York, Lidia meets David and Jessica, who are preparing for their traditional Korean wedding ceremony. Jessica welcomes Lidia into her kitchen for an appetizing introduction to Korean cooking – a cuisine that Lidia finds surprisingly familiar.

“There were parallels between the Korean cuisine, what they were cooking, and the Italian cuisine,” she notes.

Noted designer Isaac Mizrahi creates a special outfit for Lidia to wear to her first Korean-American wedding, while Survivor champion and America Revealed Host Yul Kwon offers his insight on Korean food, as well as Korean culture, and tradition.

“Korean cuisine is very spicy, it’s very flavorful,” Kwon tells Lidia. “I think Korean food is one of the ways I sort of reconnected to my culture.”

Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New aired in April, 2012 on PBS.

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