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Lidia Batianich, celebrity chef, TV host, author and restaurateur, recipient of a Food For Life award at the Expo Milano 2015 pre-launch at MDC & the Freedom Tower in Miami


Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,” 

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Lidia Batianiach, celebrity chef, TV host, author and restaurateur, is going a step further: For her, the way to a better world is through the kitchen. Lidia just received a Food For Life award at the Freedom Tower in Miami, in conjunction with the pre-launch of the Expo Milano 2015, the world’s biggest event on Food and Nutrition held at the Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College.

This year’s Expo theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” was reflected in forums and seminars where world-renowned experts  explored the role of food in health, culture and the modern lifestyle. Lidia Bastianich, along with Paolo Cuccia Publisher of Gambero Rosso, Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation and Dorothy Cann Hamilton, CEO of the International Culinary Center and President of the USA Pavillion at Expo Milano 2015, were on the panel discussing bridging new and old world cuisines.   .

Over her 40-year career in the kitchen, Lidia championed the Italian way of cooking and good of living as the chef/owner of six acclaimed restaurants, four in New York City, one in Kansas and one in Pittsburg. 


Listen as the grande dame of Italian food talks about her life, the importance of education, her philosophy of a better world through food, food as business,  and,  as a strong advocate of the family that eats together stays together, her opinions on the role of tradition for a healthy society.