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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446530573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446530576
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In what is quite possibly the most fun of all the Sopranos-themed titles being published in time for the show's September return, this tongue-in-cheek cookbook brings homestyle Soprano family cooking to the table. Artie Bucco, the character (played by John Ventimiglia) who is the chef at the show's Vesuvio restaurant, sets the tone of this book of insider "family" secrets by explaining his family's move from Campania, Italy, to New Jersey, then turns to various Soprano characters. (A brief chapter on Neapolitan cooking is explained by the Newark Public Library's Natalie del Greco, who offers recipes for a simple Marinara Sauce as well as a Sunday Gravy.) In a chapter entitled "The Soprano Family Tradition," Bucco listens as Corrado Soprano Jr., or Uncle Jun', reminisces about Newark's Little Italy (which at one time felt like an "Italian Disneyland") while whetting his appetite with thoughts of Pasta Fagiole and Panzerotti (Neapolitan Potato Croquettes). While the book's conceit is playfully written by Rucker (The Sopranos: A Family History) in the voice of each character, the recipes, by Scicolone (Italian Holiday Cooking), are solid and honest-to-goodness Italian-American dishes. In a conversation with Bucco, Carmela Soprano reveals her Sicilian upbringing through such recipes as `Shcarole and Garlic (sauteed escarole), while scale-tipping Bobby Bacala pontificates on the importance of sweets and offers his own way to make Cannoli. Even the godfather himself, Tony Soprano, lectures on the art of the grill (fans will remember his BBQ panic attack). In the end, readers are left with a book-filled with stills from Soprano episodes-that is alternately enticing and wonderfully tacky, just like the Soprano family members themselves.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"...a wonderful cookbook...simple, well done, and easy to make...this book deserves its own Emmy!" -- Frank Pellegrino, co-owner Rao's Restaurant and author of Rao's Cookbook

"This is a fantastic 'celebrity' cookbook that really makes sense." -- David Rosengarten, publisher of The Rosengarten Report

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The recipes are EASY, WONDERFUL and DELICIOUS!
"ainsleysmommy"
Great book, with personalized recipes from different Sopranos' characters with stories of their favorite Italian food.
Emma E. Mcduffie
I already had this book and bought it as a birthday gift for an Italian male friend who loves to cook.
Sara Van Artsdalen

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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Psboston7 on September 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a Director of Catering I collect a lot of cookbooks. In fact if you like this review you might want to check out my listmania list I have several on cookbooks.
Now to my review. This book, in my opinion, is Beautifully put together. Recipes are easy to read with items that are accesible at most grocery stores. The stories throughout the books and little articles that in reference to the series was a excellent idea. This book had so many different little added extras that it was hard for me to remember that this was a fictional family they were speaking of LOL. I especially like the page of top 10 Famous Food scenes in Mob movies it was interesting. The book has recipes from Appetizers to Desserts. No Fuss to a little Elaborate. Pictures are nice and I had the feeling, after reading this book, that I could do many of these recipes even if I wasn't a Director of Catering.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys Italian Food or the Series, in fact I had an idea to do a Gift Basket for Christmas with the DVD's (from the series), this Cookbook, a Sinatra CD and a bottle of Ruffino Chiante what a perfect evening.
If you find that you like this style of cookbook, ethnic or because it tells a story along with the recipes also check
Van Gogh's Table (the artist life story is throughout the book), and Soul Food: Recipes & Reflections from African-American Churches by Joyce White
Respectfully Reviewed
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Haux on January 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book. I bought it this afternoon and read it by this evening. I love it for the following reasons: 1. The recipes are authentic & outstanding. I learned to cook in a Culinary Institute internship kitchen, and I know good when I see/taste it. Having spent lots of time in old country Southern Italian families, I know what's real. Take for instance, "spaghetti sauce". This book differentiates between simple Marinara, and "Sunday Gravy". You learn about Sunday Gravy from little old ladies in black who live to cook for the familia. And... how many non Italians know how to choose a wine like "Lacrima Christi"??? 2. The interviews and conversations, by the letter of the Law are fictitious... but so well done that they fulfil the spirit of the intended conversations. I'll attest to that from years of experience in the Italian-American world and as a retired homicide detective. From my present vocation as a Priest, I'll give this comment: "Nonne dulce est familiam totam in unem locum cogere"? (Isn't it great to have the whole family together?)
My advice: BUY THIS BOOK !!!
Fr. Bob Haux
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2002
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This book is great, and not just because it has anything to do with one of the greatest tv shows ever, the Sopranos. This cookbook has excellent recipies! If you live in NY/NJ then you will recognize almost all of the dishes as the staples of any neighborhood italian restaurant. If you don't live here, this is a great way to bring the taste of NY/NJ Italian cooking home to your neck of the woods! I've already made the Chicken Francais (lemon chicken) and it came out excellent. My husband is Italian and this is one of his favorite dishes that when I've tried to make it before, it never came out quite right. This came out perfect and he loved it, as did the rest of my family. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, whether or not you are a Sopranos fan (and who isn't?!).
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Allen Rucker has captured the Sopranos perfectly and the recipes are delicious. You can really imagine each character in the book talking to Arite Bucco or writing their own section. Tony's tips for controlling the heat on the grill are hilarious! And Bobby Bacala's thoughts on dessert are equally funny.
But on top of this being a great book for any Sopranos fan, it is a great Italian cookbook on its own. I cook Italian food all the time and I've already tested many of the recipes...and they are great!
Whether a Sopranos fan or a lover of Italian food, this book is a must for you!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
On a whim I scooped this one up today off the 'new' books stacks at work. I love watching the Sopranos, which if you haven't heard, is a very strange look at modern America through the eyes of a mobster family. And like most families, one of the topics here is Food.
Specifically, southern Italian, heavy on the cheese, pasta and tomato sauce variety. That's ok, this is food that sooths, and brings back happy memories. Or, in the case of the Sopranos, some not too happy memories.
Told as a journey down memory lane by the character of Artie Bucco himself, the owner and principal chef at the Nuovo Vesuvio, we get various interviews from various characters from the series. From AJ's three pop tarts and a Coke breakfast, to Meadow's self-absorbed fears of getting fat, Carmela's tips on having a party, to Adriana's guide to a sexy night out, it's giggle from start to finish. The men wiegh in as well, with Junior's memories of life with Tony's dad, a screamingly funny bit from sister Janice to Tony's rules for grilling. (Lighter fluid is for sissies) And of course, Furio's take on American cuisine. Even Dr. Melfi joins the fun with a paper on the eating habits and styles of Italian-Americans.
So, besides the in-jokes for followers of the series, there's also plenty of family style recipes. Some are pretty basic, from 'Sunday Gravy' -- a very rich meat and tomato sauce, to a cholestrol heavy Baked Ziti with meatballs, various zuppe or soups, and plenty of hearty meals. Photographs in lush, mouthwatering detail accompany most of the recipes -- the one of the standing rib roast made me drool, and I'm going to try very hard not to enthuse about the cannoli shot.
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