A look at freedom and the immigrant experience through food and cultural traditions, featuring Anna Deavere Smith, Renée Fleming, Jacques Pépin, Martha Wainwright and Alec Mapa. Included: a July 4th naturalization ceremony at Jefferson's Monticello, Va., estate; a Bastille Day party; Juneteenth events in Texas; and a Philippines Independence Day celebration in New York. Host Lidia Bastianich also recalls arriving in the U.S. in 1958 after her family fled Yugoslavia and lived in a refugee camp.
Customs and food that surround meaningful moments in life's journey are examined. Included: a French-Cajun sweet-16 party; a country-music debut in Nashville; a Greek Orthodox baptism; a Brazilian-American culinary student's college graduation; and a Navajo house-blessing ceremony. Guests include chef Gabrielle Hamilton ("Blood, Bones & Butter"), chef Freddie Bitsoie, singer Radmilla Cody, FBN reporter Nicole Petallides and songwriter-producer Victoria Shaw.