Lidia Bastianich writes for kids

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Lidia Bastianich and her grandchildren are together again in her second children’s picturebook, “Nonna’s Birthday Surprise: Lidia’s Family Kitchen” (illustrated by Renée Graef, Running Press Kids, $16.95), thinking up a feast for Bastianich’s mother, Nonna Mima, who is in her 90s. Bastianich recalls for them her own childhood in Italy surrounded by seasonal foods, grown at her grandparents’ home in Istria, eaten or canned, cured, and preserved (“our own little grocery store”).

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