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KPBS Holiday Programming

Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables And Traditions

Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables And Traditions

Airs Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates a Passover seder with the fourth-generation owners of the specialty food shop Russ & Daughters and with food writer Ruth Reichl.

Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with Stanley Tucci.
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Above: Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with Stanley Tucci.

Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates Christmas with the Cortez family.
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Above: Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates Christmas with the Cortez family.

Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates a Chinese New Year feast with Shirley Fong-Torres and family.
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Above: Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates a Chinese New Year feast with Shirley Fong-Torres and family.

Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates culture through food.

Join her for an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with actors Mo Rocca and Stanley Tucci; a Mexican-American Christmas Day with four generations of the Cortez family in San Antonio, Texas; a Chinese New Year feast and celebration with the Fong-Torres family; and a Jewish-American Passover seder with the Russ family of the famed specialty shop Russ and Daughters and food author Ruth Reichl in "Holiday Tables And Traditions."

Lidia explores how other immigrants have preserved their unique culinary traditions for generations, weaving their culture into the fabric of the diverse melting pot of America.

Lidia will live, breathe and experience the country’s diversity through the lens of culture, tradition and mouth-watering food.

As viewers participate in the various ethnic and religious celebrations across the country, it’s clear food is the common denominator that ties all human beings.

“No matter what your religion, or your ethnicity,” Lidia says, “we have the opportunity to celebrate whatever we worship, whoever our families are, and this is something to celebrate: America is something to celebrate.”

Lidia Bastianich is on Facebook, and you can follow @LidiaBastianich on Twitter.

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Preview: Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables And Traditions

Above: Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates culture through food in "Holiday Tables And Traditions."

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