Lidia Bastianich Saves Our Dough

Paul Gelsobello

Chef Lidia Bastianich.

As consumers cut back on spending, the famed chef and author of Lidia's Italy zeroes in on one way to stretch your food dollar:

"Americans waste a lot of food. For example, we all love bread, but we all have bread left over, and we ultimately throw it out. So let's recycle it, and make it into a great new meal.

"I come from a very basic family. I grew up in Italy, where my grandmother lived not too far from us. She had all the animals that were necessary to feed an extended family--chickens, geese, pigeons, rabbits, goats. Plus, she...

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