- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Northstar Media Books; Brdbk edition (June 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981980260
- ISBN-13: 978-0981980263
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yo Cuz! My Life My Food My Way: From Humble Beginnings in South Phily, the Story of Steve Martorano and How He Became the Heavy Weight Champ of Italian-american Cooking. Hardcover – June, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
To those seeking the traditional literary master piece, you may be disappointed. To those seeking a "cook book" with real Italian-American food elevated to an exciting level of presentation and taste; with life experiences written in a language articulated as if Steve were telling these stories to the guys on the corner; then you found a real treasure.
This book is a compilation of real memories, real people, and traditional Italian-American cooking. Fantastic!
To truly understand the content of this book the reader must not only read but feel the intimate fusion of Steve's life and its connection to the entire food experience as an important tradition in the Italian-American family living in South Philly.
Steve, through his words, his stories, his memories, brings to the surface this unseen connection, exposing his life and more importantly his soul to the reader. If you're not moved by this book you clearly missed its intent. You either didn't feel the emotions poured onto these pages or you're dead. My recommendation, read it again.
This book is an evolution of his life as well as his food. The chapters in this book portray the struggles, the revelations and the obstacles he experienced on his path to realizing a dream. This is an enduring and loving acknowledgement as well as a true testimony to his family and friends.Read more ›
This book is a true testament to who Steve Martorano is and what he's about. Holding on to his dream and making it happen, taking the punches (like his idol Rocky Balboa)and never giving up. you will learn the about the man behind The Cafe Martorano brand and how he took his favorite passions; food, music and movies to turn it into a mecca for people who love to have a unique dining experience. Steve and Son spin and show their favorite movies while the patrons eat his world famous meatballs which he put "on the map" , a simple pizzarea item is now his specialty and rated "best in the world"...
His inspirational messages throughout the book will motivate you to find yourself or perhaps follow your dream of opening your own place or it can just inspire you to find the joy in cooking for family and friends, with SIMPLE COMFORT FOOD COOKING.
This book is a tribute to his mother/grandmother and their culture and Italian American values and what she gave her family from their love of food and amazing family secret recipes from her Sunday night dinners.
" YO CUZ,"the S. Philly hello what's up..So YO CUZ is a must read!
You'll find recipes for his famous Italian dishes as well as a painfully honest account of his life growing up in South Philly that led to the life he enjoys today as a famed-chef, or as Steve humbly says, "a cook," of award-winning Italian cuisine.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and most of all, you'll learn what makes Chef Steve's food so great!
I've met Chef Steve and have eaten at Cafe Martorano - Chef Steve is a class-act and so is his establishment.
Get the book, Cuz!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been to his restaurant in Fort Lauderdale,Fla., and the recipes are just as I watched him prepare them over the counter! Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Gramofone
As a cook coming up a must read... Perseverance and patience things will come just don't give up EVER !!!!Published on July 15, 2011 by siaka
Yo Cuzzz, this book is Steve's heart and soul. He let's us take a peek at his personal life, his struggles and his passions. He inspires... Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Vida
Great book...Couldn't put it down!! Besides being very inspirational-the recipes are amazing- I have been making them all-- & making my family and friends very happy!! Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Diane
I was looking forward to Steve Martorano's book- and
was excited when it arrived.
The excitement was short lived as I read the book. Read more
I received this book from my husband as a gift. Cafe Martorano is our favorite Italian restaurant!! We eat there several times during our visit from New York every summer. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by NYAngelo
Im only 27 years old, Im an Inspired cook to hopefully one day open up my own Italian restaurant. I dont have the time to goto culinary school to learn. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by John Difronzo
Yo Cuz! Fantastic book sharing your life and your recipies. I wish the book was longer because you captured me and I did not want your story to end. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Richard J Santini
No matter where you live this cookbook is definitely more than just receipies!! I had the privilege to grow up with steve in south philadelphia and his remembrances are very... Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by bernadette defelice