Actor Gannascoli, best known for his role as Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos, with an assist from Kupfer (The Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing), serves up a solid debut filled with mouth-watering recipes. Mobbed-up Brooklyn chef Benny Lacoco prepares the dinner of a lifetime, knowing that someone stands to get whacked when the last course is served. The rat who set up the reigning capo for 10 to 20 is one of the made men at the table, but Benny realizes suspicion could fall anywhere: "I'll be cooking all night and my reward could be a piece of lead in the head." Benny ruminates on how he fell into his life of crime, acting as a food fence to move stolen stock out to select restaurants, "transfusing" inferior olive oil or wine into higher-ticket containers. The mix of haute cuisine and Mafiosi is a natural—obviously Julia Child and Tony Soprano both like to eat, right? And how often do you see a mobster getting disrespect for "revealing his limited knowledge of food and even more limited food choice experience"?
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I was looking for a good mystery. This story is primarily about a young chef's experience with the mob. The environment is more New Jersey "Goodfellas" than a kitchen. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Clae Maxwell
..the story drags..In a nutshell the story is as follows;Benny,theleading charecter is both a gourmet chef and a wiseguy.. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Sharon Levenson
I am not a mob fan; I don't really like the characters and the violence much, but I got this because I've been on a culinary mystery jag and it got good ratings. Well. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by audrey
''l love you Johnny Cakes'' is what Joey G. is best known for. But after reading this book, you'll think you're on the 0rient Express chasing a killer than a bed & breakfast in... Read morePublished on September 12, 2006 by Smegma Cheese