“Nonna’s Birthday Surprise: Lidia’s Family Kitchen” ($16.95) by Lidia Bastianich is a cookbook like no other. Part children’s picture book, part recipe guide, Bastianich takes us through her childhood on a farm and the beginning of her love affair with food. Thanks to illustrations by Renee Graef and easy to make recipes, this is a book the whole family can enjoy.

Running Press Book Publishers, 2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 www.runningpress.com

Published by WholeFoods Magazine Online, April 2013