Acclaimed New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov writes three columns—The Pour, Wines of the Times and Wine School—in which he explores a specific type of wine each month. Part memoir and part manifesto, his latest book How to Love Wine tells the story of how he went from writing beer reviews for his high school newspaper to becoming America’s most trusted wine critic.
Recently I sat down with celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich for a long conversation that was produced and broadcast by i-ItalyTV. We talked about Lidia’s new book Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine; as well as what it’s like being a TV chef, the genesis of the Eataly concept, cooking for several Popes, including most recently Pope Francis, and, most importantly, how cooking is, and has always been for Lidia, “a family affair.”
James Oseland is the author of several cookbooks and former editor-in-chief of
award-winning Saveur food magazine. He recently left Saveur to work on Rodale’s Organic Life, a new magazine about global food, wellness, gardening and interior design launched this past spring. Here he shares his passion for Italy and Italian food