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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451661258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661255
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This cookbook was created by a collaboration—and much love—between actor Stanley Tucci, his family, and his friends (especially Gianni Scappin, executive chef for New York’s Castellano restaurants), combining expertise and artistry to bring a simple culinary collection to life. As sometimes happens in collaborative cookbooks, here the identity of the particular creator of each of nearly 200 recipes is murky. Is it the professional, French-trained chef; Tucci’s mother or father or grandparents; or a very close family friend? Although the voice behind a particular recipe can be puzzling to identify, the end results are not unclear. These are well-crafted traditional dishes that mirror the best of northern and southern Italian cuisines, including fried pasta, frittatas, grissini, polenta, braciole, chicken cacciatore, and biscotti. Prefaced by food star Mario Batali and with a resonant essay advising how to pair foods and wines (e.g., sweet tames spice), this is a warming cookbook, well worth savoring. --Barbara Jacobs

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“Stanley’s masterful artistry and talent on screen is inevitable, and having cooked with Stanley in my own kitchen, I can say with confidence that Stanley has talent behind the stoves as well. He is at ease and most skilled while cooking, and delivers truly delicious recipes. This cookbook is an intimate glimpse into the Italian heritage that Stanley holds dear—sharing the memories and flavors of his family table. And, it is with much admiration that I recommend this delicious read.”
—Lidia Bastianich, New York Times bestselling author of Lidia’s Italy in America

“Stanley Tucci understands Italian food and Italian cooking. If that wasn’t immediately apparent upon viewing his brilliant film Big Night, it will be when you read this book. . . . Stanley’s co-author Gianni Scappin taught me everything important I needed to know about the food of Northern Italy. . . . His recipes and the techniques he taught me are fundamental to my life and have saved me from untold embarrassment every time I cook for my Italian in-laws.”
—Anthony Bourdain, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential

“Chefs and actors share a wonderful bond, the warm friendship of their respective colleagues. Stanley has learned to straddle both professions and this terrific book is a testament. Stanley is totally passionate about his Italian culinary history, and he is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of how home cooks and professional chefs approach recipes. I adore his family anecdotes and recipes, especially when one region has a strong opinion how a tomato sauce is to be prepared. I am jealous, Stanley is the consummate actor/director, and now we can add chef/cookbook author. Well done!”
—Jonathan Waxman, author of Italian, My Way

"The best adjective for The Tucci Cookbook is generous: from portion sizes to the constant theme of hospitality to Tucci's decision to donate a portion of the profits to the Food Bank of New York City. The Tucci Cookbook will appeal both to serious home cooks and to film buffs." (Pamela Toler, blogger for History in the Margins)

Customer Reviews

Can't wait to try many more recipes in this cookbook.
Long Island Momma
Every time I look in the book, I find something else that I want to try.
Max
Recipes are excellent and easy to follow with great pictures.
Susan

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dino Rachiele on November 29, 2012
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Being a very busy business owner, I love the simple recipes and awesome photography. Many of the recipes are what I grew up with growing up in this family. Many of the recipes remind me of the wonderful past days when we all used to get together for Christmas. We had such a rich and loving environment. Rich in the sense of culture and tradition, some of which is passed on in this cookbook.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jill Tamari on October 11, 2012
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I've been a huge fan of Stanley Tucci since his turn as Julia Child's husband in Julie & Julia, and I was so excited to see him share his love of food, cooking, and his Italian heritage in this gorgeous cookbook. The recipes range from Italian food staples like lasagne to less traditional family favorites like poached pears, and all are accompanied by charming personal stories and easy to follow directions and wine pairings. And the food photography is just gorgeous -- I highly recommend to foodies and Tucci fans alike!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jen on October 11, 2012
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Forget about the fact that this cookbook is by a celebrity that we all LOVE...

This is one of the best Italian cookbooks I've ever bought (and I own an entire collection). Stanley Tucci's recipes are simple yet creative. He dedicates the book to his family (and ours!) and it couldn't be more appropriate. Filled with memories and flavors, this is a cookbook that not only celebrates Italian food but family! Trust me, you'll want to plan a dinner party the moment you crack open the spine. I'm going to buy a copy for everyone on my Christmas list!

Buon Appetito!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicola O'Connell on October 12, 2012
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The whole Tucci clan really know their food. In fact, they don't just know it; they live, breathe, dream it. And most of all, they eat it. From the preparing, to the assembling, the cooking to the eating, Stanley Tucci's enthusiasm for taste, flavour, and ultimately just good food literally jump from every page of this stunning new cookbook. First off, the photography really is mouth-wateringly sumptuous. And it comes with wine pairings - what more could you want?! I'm going home to make a risotto with butternut squash and lobster right now. And pair it with the perfect wine.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Claire on October 11, 2012
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I've been a fan of Stanley Tucci since the movie Big Night -- and it's clear from THE TUCCI COOKBOOK that he puts as much care and attention into cooking a delicious Italian meal as he does with acting! Not only does the book include wonderful family stories and gorgeous photographs, the recipes are user-friendly and DELICIOUS. I made the eggplant and zucchini casserole and it was a knock-out!
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 11, 2012
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This book is beyond helpful in the kitchen and a staple that everyone should have -- if you can cook or not. Some recipes are fast and easy and they allow you to be creative in the smallest of spaces. I highly suggest this book to anyone. Delicious foods, great ideas for any dinner party (or even dinner home for a smaller group).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 21, 2013
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Since I purchased this book about a month ago, I have referred to it at least a half dozen times. Most of the recipes contain ingredients that are readily available, and the story of the Tucci family is thoroughly enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ogr8ys1 VINE VOICE on December 22, 2013
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When you are looking for a cookbook these days, sometimes I am hard pressed to lay out any money because of the vast amount of recipes you can get for free online, through tv shows, and even buy visiting the cookbooks you have amassed over the years. I loved the movie The Big Night and the story it told and this cookbook in itself is an extension of that film. Through the pages you get to know the Tucci family and the traditions that lace a family together through the generations.

Oh yeah you also get some fantastic recipes (albeit a few of them are very challenging though through practice and patience you can attain the desired results (see drum of ziti and great stuff)). If you are a fan of Italian cooking this book won't disappoint, will look good on your coffee table, and even look better opened in your kitchen.

Highly recommended.
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