Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions

“At the heart of Lidia Celebrates America is my own immigrant experience. When I came to this country at the age of 12, I had already spent two years in a political refugee camp. Whenever I meet American families with roots in other countries I know immediately that we have something in common.”
— Lidia Bastianich

An Italian Christmas Eve. A Mexican-American Christmas Day. A Chinese New Year. A Passover Seder. Four holidays, four very different tables and traditions. Join celebrity chef and culinary author Lidia Bastianich as she travels across America in a celebration of culture through food in the new PBS prime-time special, Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions, aired Tuesday, December 20, 2011 on PBS.

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The first in a series of Lidia Celebrates America specials for PBS, this one-hour program explores the American immigrant experience through the revelry of the holidays. In future specials, viewers will join Lidia for a variety of tasty ethnic celebrations, including weddings, rites of passage, and celebrations of independence.

In Lidia Celebrates America, Lidia embarks on four holiday adventures: