“Freedom and independence are tangible concepts to me, and the opportunities we enjoy in a free society resonate deeply, given my firsthand experience living in a place where these things are absent,” says Lidia. “I am eternally grateful to my adopted homeland of America and feel so fortunate to live in a place where we can enjoy a vibrant, richly diverse, multicultural society–something I want to communicate to viewers with this entire series as things to celebrate and cherish.”
— Lidia Bastianich
Renowned chef, culinary author and TV personality Lidia Bastianich sets out on a compelling new adventure, traveling across the country with celebrity guests to celebrate diversity and explore moving tales of hard-won freedom. Joining her on her journey are actress Anna Deavere Smith, opera singer Renee Fleming, chef Jacques Pepin, singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright and actor/comedian Alec Mapa. Lidia also recounts her own family’s powerful story of fleeing life behind the Iron Curtain to come to the USA after World War II.
Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence, aired on Friday, June 28, 2013 on PBS.
In Freedom and Independence Lidia experiences four diverse ways to celebrate freedom: