Past Lidia Specials - PBS Food

Past Lidia Specials

In previous specials, Lidia Bastianich has explored the American immigrant experience through the revelry of the holidays, and embarked on a cross-country matrimonial odyssey. She has encountered stories of hard-won freedom, while traversing America with celebrity guests, and she has shared some of life’s milestones with diverse families and communities.

Watch the full specials of Lidia Celebrates America online.

A Salute To First RespondersA Salute To First Responders

In A Salute To First Responders, Lidia Bastianich visits men and women on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. From medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, to firefighters battling wildfires in rural California, Lidia discovers what motivates them and, more importantly, how the community can better support them.

Watch a preview and learn more: A Salute To First Responders


Eating In with LidiaEating In with Lidia

Eating In with Lidia, rises to the challenge presented by the COVID-19 epidemic. Lidia shares stories, tips, recipes and strategies on how to approach food and meal preparation during stressful times.

Watch a preview and learn more: Eating In with Lidia


The Return of the ArtisansThe Return of the Artisans

Lidia Bastianich journeys across the country to explore how food artisans and artisanal crafts are gaining momentum in the U.S. This documentary special, from Lidia Celebrates America, shows Lidia Bastianich traveling to Tennessee, California, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin and New Jersey to meet with American makers who are mastering the art of meat curing, coopering, coppersmithing, jam-making, and more—and finds out what inspires and fuels them.

Watch a preview and learn more: The Return of the Artisans


A Heartland Holiday FeastA Heartland Holiday Feast

Internationally-acclaimed chef and food ambassador Lidia Bastianich takes viewers on a cross-country journey to explore how Americans representing diverse heritages are both preserving their own culinary traditions and transforming local cuisine. In A Heartland Holiday Feast, Lidia travels to small rural towns, immersing herself in the unique customs of the people she meets, which provide a source of inspiration and pave the way for a magnificent celebratory meal.

Watch a preview and learn more: A Heartland Holiday Feast


Homegrown HeroesHomegrown Heroes

Internationally-acclaimed chef and food ambassador Lidia Bastianich again pays homage to the men and women of our military and all they’ve sacrificed for this country. In Homegrown Heroes, Lidia looks at veterans who return home and find farming to be a path back to civilian life.

Watch a preview and learn more: Homegrown Heroes


Home for the HolidaysHoliday for Heroes

In the uplifting special, Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes, Lidia meets with veterans who reflect on their service. Each discusses their longing to be reunited with family during holidays, the challenges and sacrifices of their work, and the pride they take in having defended our country. Together, they create a distinct image of the diversity of the United States military.

Watch a preview and learn more: Holiday for Heroes


Home for the HolidaysHome for the Holidays

For celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich there is no place like home – especially at Christmas, her favorite time of year. In this intimate, hour-long documentary special, Lidia celebrates her native Italian holiday traditions, along with the traditions of six celebrity guests. Watch this multi-faceted documentary about the culinary traditions that make up America.

Watch a preview and learn more: Home for the Holidays


Life's MilestonesLife’s Milestones

Chef Lidia Bastianich continues her cross-country journey of the United States experiencing the exuberance of American culture through food. This time she shares, with four families, special rites of passage marking some of the most meaningful moments in life’s journey.

Watch a preview and learn more: Life’s Milestones


Freedom & IndependenceFreedom & Independence

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.

Watch a preview and learn more: Freedom & Independence


Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something NewWeddings: Something Borrowed, Something New

Lidia Bastianich explores America’s rich cultural heritage as seen through the lens of its wedding ceremonies and the special foods and traditions associated with them.

Watch a preview and learn more: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New


Holiday Tables & TraditionsHoliday Tables & Traditions

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.

Watch a preview and learn more: Holiday Tables & Traditions

Follow Lidia’s adventures by reading Lidia’s Blog, or visit Lidia Celebrates America and share a favorite recipe or story.

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