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 Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions.
Lidia returns to New York City to celebrate a Passover Seder with food author Ruth Reichl and the fourth-generation owners of the specialty food shop Russ & Daughters. On the menu: smoked salmon, charoset, chicken soup with matzo balls, and, of course, beef brisket and horseradish. Reichl, former editor of Gourmet and a longtime Russ & Daughters customer, joins Lidia in the kitchen. “As you know, my mother was the world’s worst cook,” says Reichl. “So this is maybe the only recipe of hers that I would ever dare to share. She loved showing up at Seder with her brisket and everyone would gasp and say I’ve never seen anything like that before!”Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions aired in December, 2011, on PBS. More from Holiday Tables & Traditions: