Lydia Comes to Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers on Thursday

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich will be at Stew Leonard’s from 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday. All the details, after the jump.

WHAT: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, “The First Lady of Italian Cuisine,” will visit Stew Leonard’s Yonkers store to meet fans and sign copies of her newest cookbook, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes (Knopf; $35.00). The cookbook is the companion volume to the new season of her public television series, Lidia’s Italy, which began airing in September 2009. Stew Leonard’s is offering the cookbook at a price of $27.99 or two for $50.00.

Stew Leonard’s is also holding a raffle for twenty lucky fans to win a private meet & greet with Lidia Bastianich! The winners will meet Ms. Bastianch and have their book signed at 5:30 p.m., a half-hour before the signing officially begins at 6:00 p.m. Fans can submit their entries via www.stewleonards.com/html/10lidiaraffle.cfm <http://www.stewleonards.com/html/10lidiaraffle.cfm> or the ballot box at Stew Leonard’s store Yonkers. Entries will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Monday, May 10. Winners will be notified by email on Tuesday, May 11.

In Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes, Lidia brings to us the culinary treasures of 12 lesser known regions of Italy, including Molise, Liguria, Umbria, Abruzzo, Calabria, Valle d’Aosta, Le Marche, Trentino Alto Adige, Basilicata and Sardinia. She shares new recipes and highlights local ingredients from the north, sheep country, the farmlands and coastal areas, including new pasta dishes from all of these regions. The cookbook also includes passages from Lidia’s daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who shares her love of Italy and its art.

WHO: Widely regarded as “The First Lady of Italian Cuisine,” Lidia Bastianich is a restaurateur, best-selling cookbook author and public television personality. She has written six cookbooks, including Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, Lidia’s Italy, Lidia’s Family Table, Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia’s Italian Table, and La Cucina di Lidia. Four of her books have been accompanied by a nationally-syndicated public television series. Her restaurants include Felidia, which received three stars by New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, Becco, Esca and Del Posto in New York and Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Lidia also travels throughout the country lecturing on Italian cuisine.

WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

WHERE: Stew Leonard’s Yonkers Store

One Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers, N.Y.

Store Phone for Customer Questions: 914.375.4700 or www.stewleonards.com <http://www.stewleonards.com>

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