Why We'd Want to Be Stuck on a Deserted Island with Lidia Bastianich

Why We'd Want to Be Stuck on a Deserted Island with Lidia Bastianich
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It's a question we ask ourselves countless times, but are never bored by the answer: "If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you bring?" Survivalists may pack a trusty knife or matches, and gadget geeks might list their smartphone and a robust Wi-fi connection. For chef, television host and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich, who built her business specializing in Italian cuisine, it's all about olive oil.

"I certainly would have olive oil, extra virgin olive oil," Lidia told us when we asked what she would bring to a deserted island. "Then, I would have some San Marzano tomatoes... They have a long shelf life, so on an island they would be fine. And you know, dry pasta, that keeps well also, and maybe some cheese, some Grana Padano, to go along with the pasta, or to eat with those tropical foods that I find down there." Sounds like a tasty island vacation to us!

Check out the slideshow above to discover what Lidia wouldn't mind eating for the rest of her life, the type of pasta she can't live without and her kitchen essentials. Then, discover 10 facts you didn't know about the chef, check out 8 of her favorite recipes and learn how her business became a family affair.