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Christina Pirello shares healthy, fresh Italian and Mediterranean recipes as well as her brassy, insightful approach to liver, kidney and heart health and diabetes prevention. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1983, Christina turned to a macrobiotic diet of whole grains and vegetables to aid in her recovery, launching the 20-plus year run of her Emmy Award-winning series Christina Cooks.

In a home kitchen in Tuscany, Christina creates a luscious meal with her friend Sandro.
Eating like an Italian is holding a deep respect for food and tradition.
Eating locally-grown food has become mainstream, but what does “local food” actually mean?
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Christina meets a chef who adapts Italian dishes to be healthier and kinder to the planet.
Call it tomato sauce or gravy, why is this dish so important to the Italian culture?
What is Italy doing for sustainability?
Christina travels to an ancient town in Tuscany that has produced chestnuts for centuries.
Christina meets a former New York police officer who has landed in a small town in Italy
Eating like an Italian is holding a deep respect for food and tradition.
Choosing more plant and less animal food intake is our best shot at making a difference.
Can kale save the planet? What is green living and why should we live that way?
How can we adapt our lifestyles to step a little lighter on our planet?
In a home kitchen in Tuscany, Christina creates a luscious meal with her friend Sandro.
Eating locally-grown food has become mainstream, but what does “local food” actually mean?
How can we manage stress when stress is a part of life? Italians have a clue.
Christina cooks with an instinctive chef who to creates luscious meals for each customer.
Is it easy to be vegan? And Italian?
How can we take back control of our wellness…and our blood sugar levels?
Looking back on our roots to discover who we are and why we are as we are.
Do you ever wonder how styles of eating became what they are? What’s the history of food?
Discover all things pasta and visit an amazing family pasta company.
Explore the world of caffe in Naples.
It's off to Naples we go to see how pizza became the food we love so much.
There’s more to heart health than kale? Life is short so let’s live well and thrive.
Exploring the unconditional love and support from friends.
Travel to Pompeii to cook with one of the coolest, strongest and finest cooks I know.
The Beatles sang it and it has become an anthem for living well.
Gather around the table and celebrate those we love.
Food choices to help put you on the right path.
Let Christine show you why there’s never enough pasta.
Give your hearts some seriously delicious TLC with these recipes.
Eating beans is one of the healthiest habits we can develop. Let's cook some beans!
Follow the lead of Mediterranean countries and embrace aging well with what we eat.
Take care of yourself and live the sweet life with these recipes.
Discover recipes combining food and wellness for a delicious and way to nourish ourselves.
Recipes highlighting the tomato, a great source of nutrients like Vitamin C and lycopene.
Let’s sample the world’s sexiest diet - the Mediterranean Diet.
Recipes for Italian food that are bold and bright and demand your full attention.
Fall in love with vegetables, the heart and soul of plant-passionate cooking.
Discover what veggies and great olive oil have to do with living long and well.
Three veggies that create wellness like no others.