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Lake Effect Weekend: Chef Lidia Bastianich, Astrobotany, Christmas Food Traditions

This weekend on Lake Effect:

Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich talks about how she fell in love with food and why regional Italian cooking is so popular. Then, a look at a Wisconsin research lab which is working on ways to help astronauts grow their own food in space. And food historian Kyle Cherek shares the history of some of our traditional Christmas foods.


  • Lidia Bastianich, chef and cookbook author, Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant
  • Richard Barker, research scientist, Gilroy Astrobotany Lab at UW-Madison
  • Kyle Cherek, food historian