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The Tucci Cookbookby Stanley Tucci
Synopses & Reviews
The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers.
Actor Stanley Tucci’s association with wonderful foods began for fans with the movie Big Night and resonated in his role as Julia Child’s husband in Julie & Julia. Now he and his parents share a heart-warming Italian cookbook, featuring more than 200 recipes, wine pairings, and fifty luscious, full-color photographs.
Starting with simple and delightful antipasti, such as flavorful Caponata, decadent Venetian Seafood Salad, or aromatic Baked Clams on the Half Shell, the recipes include such tempting pasta and risotto dishes as the rich and gratifying Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese and authentic and creamy Traditional Risotto from Milan. Main courses vary from delicate Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary and Fruity Roast Duck with Fresh Figs to wonderful Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust. Completing this trove of delights are numerous dolci, such as buttery Plum and Polenta Cake and Traditional Flaky Cake with Mascarpone Sauce. Readers will feel like a member of the family while thumbing through heirloom photographs and enjoying the heritage they represent. Brimming with delicious recipes and engaging family lore, The Tucci Cookbook teems with all the robust flavors of Italian culture and tradition. Buon apetito!
The recipes in this book were previously published in Cucina y Famiglia.
"Stanley Tucci, before The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, and Julie & Julia, first wrote, directed, and starred in a small but brilliant film called Big Night, about Italian brothers who open a restaurant along the 1950s Jersey shore. That film inspired the cookbook Cucina & Famiglia, written by Tucci's mother, Joan, and Gianni Scappin, then chef at New York City's Le Madri. Now Tucci has written his own cookbook, along with his parents and Scappin. There are few surprises, but no matter, as Tucci's recipes evoke the comforting, elegant simplicity of Italian home cooking. Writing about a 'variation on the traditional prosciutto with melon,' Tucci recalls his father's backyard fig trees and suggests draping a slice of prosciutto over a quartered fig. With each recipe, Tyler Coleman offers an accessible wine pairing ('bubbly and light white' for the fig recipe). There's a risotto with butternut squash, lobster, and sage that Tucci remembers Scappin preparing for him while researching Big Night. For meat dishes, Tucci presents pork tenderloin with fennel and rosemary, as well as seared tuna with tomato and bread salad. And for dessert, the northern Italian staple polenta is combined with plums (though, as in his appetizer, Tucci suggests substituting figs). Finally, in keeping with the theme of Big Night, Tucci offers in this truly delightful cookbook a recipe for the timpano — drum of pasta — as well as a vegetarian version. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
There is some truth to the old adage and#8220;Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where youand#8217;re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fresh vegetables . . . simple hearty soups . . . sumptuous stuffed meats . . . all punctuated with luscious, warm confections. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;For acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, teasing our taste buds in classic foodie films such as andlt;Iandgt;Big Night andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;Julie andamp; Julia andlt;/Iandgt;was a logical progression from a childhood filled with innovative homemade Italian meals: decadent Venetian Seafood Salad; rich and gratifying Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese; spicy Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna; delicate Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary; fruity Roast Duck with Fresh Figs; flavorful Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust; savory Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes; buttery Plum and Polenta Cake; and yes, of course, the legendary Timpano. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, andlt;Iandgt;The Tucci Cookbook andlt;/Iandgt;is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the familyand#8217;s kitchen.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Stanley Tucci andlt;/bandgt;has appeared in more than fifty films, including andlt;iandgt;The Devil Wears Pradaandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Terminalandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Road to Perditionandlt;/iandgt;, as well as more than a dozen plays, on and off Broadway. Stanley starred in andlt;iandgt;Julie andamp; Juliaandlt;/iandgt;, opposite Meryl Streep, and andlt;iandgt;The Lovely Bonesandlt;/iandgt;, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination along with Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, and Broadcast Film Critics nominations.
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