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My American Dream

A Life of Love, Family, and Food
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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For decades, beloved chef Lidia Bastianich has introduced Americans to Italian food through her cookbooks, TV shows, and restaurants. Now, in My American Dream, she tells her own story for the very first time. Born in Pula, on the Istrian peninsula, Lidia grew up surrounded by love and security, learning the art of Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother. But when Istria was annexed by a communist regime, Lidia’s family fled to Trieste, where they spent two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States. When she finally arrived in New York, Lidia soon began working in restaurants, the first step on a path that led to her becoming one of the most revered chefs and businesswomen in the country. 

Heartwarming, deeply personal, and powerfully inspiring, My American Dream is the story of Lidia’s close-knit family and her dedication and endless passion for food.  

©2018 Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"This audiobook is an immigrant story that reminds each new generation of the sacrifices made by their predecessors so that their lives would be better. Bastianich's remembrances are wholly satisfying." (AudioFile)

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great lessons

wonderful and detailed story teller. life, family, cooking, patriotism and faith all wrapped in one book.

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My American Dream Is Everyone's Dream

What made the experience of listening to My American Dream the most enjoyable?

This was a timely book about an immigrant experience to the United States. The author's narration made it even more interesting.

What other book might you compare My American Dream to and why?

I would compare this book to Threading My Prayer Rug. Both books were narrated by the authors who came to the U.S. and made a life here.

Which scene was your favorite?

So many amazing scenes ... the descriptions of living in the refuge camp for 2 years awaiting authorization to immigrate to the US were heart-wrenching but at the same time filled with patience and love.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was too long to listen to in one sitting, but a book to look forward to getting back to as soon as possible.

Any additional comments?

My American Dream is a timely thought provoking immigrant story. The author’s well done narration gives the book a personal touch. Chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich describes her journey as a young girl with her family through their immigrant experience to the present day; a reminder that the United States is truly a melting pot.

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A poignant and beautiful story of immigration,.

The strength of the family, their love and determination shines through. Grazie Lidia for sharing your story.

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Love it.

I have been watching Lidia for years on PBS. I have all of her cook books. This book is my new favorite,love her story. I enjoyed hearing about the journey from Europe to America,especially in Lidia's own voice.

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Wonderful story!

A story so well told. I especially enjoyed hearing it read in Lidia’s voice. I have even more respect for her hearing how involved in charities she has been. My grandparents also came from Italy so I thoroughly enjoyed her story.