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LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE, the 30-minute cooking series starring Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, will release 26 new episodes in January 2006 as the acclaimed show begins its second season.

LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE, which made its debut on public television stations nationwide in the spring of 2005, is distributed nationally by American Public Television and is presented nationally by WHYY in Philadelphia.  

Season two of LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE continues to feature one of America's best-loved Italian chefs preparing classic Italian recipes in her warm, Mediterranean-style kitchen surrounded by her family. Everybody chips in, and at any given time, four generations gather to cook, eat and celebrate the joys of life. The program will air at various times on local public broadcasting stations across the nation.  

Bastianich has been a public television favorite since her first cooking series premiered in 1998.   Over the past seven years, Lidia has become one of America’s most beloved television chefs and her two previous series, LIDIA'S ITALIAN-AMERICAN KITCHEN and LIDIA'S FAMILY KITCHEN continue to attract record viewers.

The new 2006 season includes some wonderful new shows -- "The Cod Story," with her mother, known as Grandma Erminia; "La Festa," with her son Joe; and "Lasagna for Dinner & Dessert." 

The recipes prepared on the show can be found in the Lidia’s Family Table companion cookbook (Knopf 2004, $35.00).

LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE is produced by Tavola Productions, Inc., presented by WHYY in Philadelphia and will premiere in January 2006 on public television stations throughout the country. Please check local listings for the exact date and time.  

In addition to her weekly show, Lidia will continue to make personal appearances at public television pledge drives and events in several cities throughout the country.   Her past pledge appearances include KRMA, KQED, WTTW, WLIW, DPTV, WQED, KCPT, WHYY and NJN.

About Lidia Bastianich

In addition to being the star of a nationally syndicated television series on public television, Lidia Bastianich is a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and entrepreneur. Her cookbooks include her most recent book, Lidia's Family Table -- a companion book to the new television series, as well as Lidia's Italian American Kitchen, Lidia's Italian Table and La Cucina di Lidia. She is the chef/owner of three very successful New York City restaurants -- Felidia, Becco and Esca -- and is the proud chef/owner of Lidia's in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Together with her son, Joseph, and Mario Batali of the Food Network, she is opened Del Posto New York City's meatpacking district in December 2005.   

She is also founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces broadcast productions of quality including LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE.  In addition, Lidia has developed her own line of specialty sauces that are sold at upscale retail establishments nationally, and heads up an exclusive travel company that develops and implements customized excursions to Italy that often combine gastronomy with art history. She recently launched a new interactive website which includes recipes, descriptions of her restaurants and a monthly newsletter as well as an interactive monthly subscription club that enables fans to cook along with her.  

For more information about Lidia Bastianich, and Lidia’s Italy, please visit


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