It is her struggles as a young girl caught behind the Iron Curtain and her sensibilities as a naturalized American citizen, plus her love of food cultures, that she brings to her PBS special Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom & Independence, which airs ...
which includes a segment at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home in Virginia.
What were your most memorable experiences from the show?
"I think cooking in Jefferson's kitchen. Here I am an immigrant who almost didn't have the liberty to do anything and given this great opportunity to come to America and grow here, and here I am cooking in his kitchen. He was such a proponent for food diplomacy. For me that was a magic moment."
"I think that people that came and looked for freedom and needed freedom will appreciate it much more than people who were born with it. I was for two years in a refugee camp. When you are in a situation like that and you're in line for food as a 12 year old, you remember it vividly. For me, thank God, it all turned positive."