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The Goomba Diet: Living Large and Loving It Hardcover – May 9, 2006

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Praise for Steven R. Schirripa's Goomba Diet

“Actor, author, film and TV star, talk show host, and now diet guru? Forget James Brown. Steve Schirripa is the hardest working man in show business.” —Michael Imperioli, “Christopher Moltisanti” on The Sopranos

“I’ve read Steve’s book and I’ve seen his cholesterol report. They’ve both got mozzarella all over them.” —Vince Curatola, “Johnny Sack” from The Sopranos

“When it comes to goombas, Steve is one of the best . . . Just don’t take him out and feed him!!!” —Tony Sirico, “Paulie Walnuts” on The Sopranos

“Finally a diet even I could stick to.” —James Gandolfini, “Tony Soprano” on The Sopranos

“I’m staying open-minded, but all I know is before the diet Steve was playing Gandhi—now he’s playing India.” —Steve Van Zandt, “Silvio Dante” on The Sopranos

“A great career, a great family, a great attitude, and a great appetite! Who wouldn’t want to live this way?” —Mario Batali, host of Molto Mario and author of Molto Mario

“Author Steve Schirripa loves food like no one I’ve ever met. His “Ode to a Calzone” moved me to tears.” —Terence Winter, writer and executive producer on The Sopranos

“If all my customers ate like Steve I could get my own TV show.” —Michael DeGeorgio, owner, Il Cortile restaurant

“If only Steve lifted weights the way he lifts his fork, he’d be Mr. Olympia.” —Hans Felcher, Steve Schirripa’s personal trainer

“These are lessons on how to live well and eat well from a guy who really knows how to do both.” —Ilene S. Landress, certified dietician and executive producer on The Sopranos

“Steve’s a great guy with a healthy and wholesome goomba appetite. We hope he’ll never tire of his love for garlic and olive oil.” —Dan Tana, owner Dan Tana’s restaurant



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About the Author

Steven R. Schirripa, a native of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is a six-season veteran of HBO’s The Sopranos, a correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the host of Spike TV’s Casino Cinema. He has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. He is the coauthor (with Charles Fleming) of the national bestsellers A Goomba’s Guide to Life and The Goomba’s Book of Love and a children’s book, Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family. Steve Schirripa lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.

Charles Fleming is the author of the novels The Ivory Coast and After Havana, and the nonfiction bestsellers High Concept and Three Weeks in October. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140005463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andre B on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a really funny, self-deprecating book about celebrating life, spending time with friends and family, and not taking yourself too seriously. The title is quite misleading actually. It has nothing to do with diets, weight loss tips or recipes. The diet angle is only a small part of the book and it refers more to the customs and lifestyles of a goomba, not eating habits. It really reads more like a sequel to his first book, "A Goomba's Guide to Life". If you're a fan of that book you'll enjoy this very much. Steven Schirripa's stories about his days working in Las Vegas to hanging around with cast members from "The Sopranos" are interesting and insightful. Any fan of the show will also love the personal benind the scenes photos, worth the price of the book alone. My favorite though is a photo of Steven Schirripa's mother and P. Diddy. The caption reads, "Don't ask. I have no idea." The man obviously has a colorful history and despite his rising stardom hasn't forgotten where he's from.

The book is peppered with jokes about being fat, goomba diet tips, goomba eating etiquette, and other things goomba. - many of them laugh out loud funny. I noticed in the acknowledgements that the authors thank Nick Di Paolo who happens to be one of the funniest comedians in the country. He clearly lent a humorous hand. But again it's all tongue in cheek. Anyobody who thinks this is a real diet book probably thinks "Scrubs" is about real hospitals. Buy the book and don't take it nor yourself so seriously!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Dorm on May 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book on Friday as a gift. The book happened to get passed around my office. My co workers were laughing hysterically as they were all reading excerpts from the book. I have never seen anything like it. The book is very funny and would make a great gift for someone who can use a laugh. I plan on buying another copy to give to my Dad on Fathers day. 2 thumbs up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry R. on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Steve Schirripa's new book "The Goomga Diet". The book is a hilarious, insightful and interesting look at one man's experience as an Italian-American and, of course, is a must read for fans of The Sopranos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kip Addotta on May 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and refer back to it often! The recipes, stories and humor are savory treats that satisfy the stomach and the mind! We should all (As the author recommends) live large and love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan T. Rolander on May 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steve Schirripa's new book kept me laughing the entire time! In an age of celebrity diets and exercise programs, it is a needed relief! Great book!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Omar Moreno on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steve Schirripa's "The Goomba Diet" does for Italian cuisine what "The Da Vinci Code" does for Catholicism -- the only difference is that once the Pope reads Schirripa's book, he's going to make Steve an official Saint. Following in the tradition of his previous literary masterpieces, ("The Goomba's Guide to Life" and "The Goomba's Guide to Love") Schirripa has accomplished the impossible by writing a book that's even funnier than his first two. Whether you're Italian or Jewish, fat or thin, heterosexual or a fanook, "The Goomba Diet" delivers a powerful message from which the world can benefit. And by "the world", I mean overweight Italian criminals indicted under the RICO Statute who enjoy Penne Arrabiata. Not only is "The Goomba Diet" superior to any book currrently on the New York Times bestseller list, but it proves why Steve Schirripa deserves to host his own late night network television talk show -- he's far more talented than Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly, and or that annoying Scottish guy on CBS. And if boring idiots like "Jerry R. from Montreal" like this book, then it can be enjoyed by EVERYONE.
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