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The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. There is some truth to the old adage “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.” What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where you’re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fre The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. There is some truth to the old adage “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.” What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where you’re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fresh vegetables . . . simple hearty soups . . . sumptuous stuffed meats . . . all punctuated with luscious, warm confections. For acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, teasing our taste buds in classic foodie films such as Big Night and Julie & Julia was a logical progression from a childhood filled with innovative homemade Italian meals: decadent Venetian Seafood Salad; rich and gratifying Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese; spicy Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna; delicate Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary; fruity Roast Duck with Fresh Figs; flavorful Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust; savory Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes; buttery Plum and Polenta Cake; and yes, of course, the legendary Timpano. Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen.


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The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. There is some truth to the old adage “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.” What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where you’re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fre The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. There is some truth to the old adage “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.” What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where you’re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fresh vegetables . . . simple hearty soups . . . sumptuous stuffed meats . . . all punctuated with luscious, warm confections. For acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, teasing our taste buds in classic foodie films such as Big Night and Julie & Julia was a logical progression from a childhood filled with innovative homemade Italian meals: decadent Venetian Seafood Salad; rich and gratifying Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese; spicy Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna; delicate Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary; fruity Roast Duck with Fresh Figs; flavorful Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust; savory Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes; buttery Plum and Polenta Cake; and yes, of course, the legendary Timpano. Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen.

30 review for The Tucci Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    This is an amazing & authentic Italian cookbook. I was so excited when I heard it was being released - and - by Stanley Tucci!! He's a favorite actor of mine. The book is packed with wonderful main courses, side dishes, appetizers, and we can't forget, desserts. It's nice when you see a cookbook that has "new" recipes, not just recycled ones or the usual, run-of-the-mill Italian dishes. The photos are gorgeous and Stanley Tucci has a little section in the beginning about his love for food & a f This is an amazing & authentic Italian cookbook. I was so excited when I heard it was being released - and - by Stanley Tucci!! He's a favorite actor of mine. The book is packed with wonderful main courses, side dishes, appetizers, and we can't forget, desserts. It's nice when you see a cookbook that has "new" recipes, not just recycled ones or the usual, run-of-the-mill Italian dishes. The photos are gorgeous and Stanley Tucci has a little section in the beginning about his love for food & a few photos from his childhood & family. All in all, it's one of the best Italian cookbooks I have - and I have many. Plus I have a little thing for Italians ...( : Enjoy! It's not to be missed ~~

  2. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I made the best risotto of my life while reading this book. The pumpkin risotto. Do it. If you are just sitting down to read it, it gets repetitive, and one more round of editing wouldn't hurt. In a way, though, this makes it function better as a cookbook. You can flip to the middle of it, see something you like, and it wouldn't matter if you hadn't read the 200 pages before - you have before you all the information you need to make a wonderful meal. I was somewhat disappointed with the dessert se I made the best risotto of my life while reading this book. The pumpkin risotto. Do it. If you are just sitting down to read it, it gets repetitive, and one more round of editing wouldn't hurt. In a way, though, this makes it function better as a cookbook. You can flip to the middle of it, see something you like, and it wouldn't matter if you hadn't read the 200 pages before - you have before you all the information you need to make a wonderful meal. I was somewhat disappointed with the dessert section. I was forced to drown my sorrows in that glorious risotto.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Stanley Tucci was so sexy in Big Night, that I bought both of his cookbooks, which I have enjoyed cooking from. I understand from another fan that he owned a restaurant in NJ before he became an actor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    A behemoth of a book, delivering to lovers of Italian food over 200 recipes, details of dozens of wine pairings and a lot of commentary to boot by Italian-American author and actor Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, etc). This book is described as a love letter to his parents, to his Italian roots and to the entire Italian-American "experience", a combination of recipe book, history book and social commentary all wrapped up in a parcel like a piece of perfect pasta. Many books te A behemoth of a book, delivering to lovers of Italian food over 200 recipes, details of dozens of wine pairings and a lot of commentary to boot by Italian-American author and actor Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, etc). This book is described as a love letter to his parents, to his Italian roots and to the entire Italian-American "experience", a combination of recipe book, history book and social commentary all wrapped up in a parcel like a piece of perfect pasta. Many books tend to feature some form of tribute or history, ascribed to the author's love and enthusiasm to their roots and being, yet not so many manage to make a lengthy, comprehensive section really readable and engaging. Even though you don't know the family and possibly don't know the background, you can begin to feel that you are a lot closer after reading this. Wine is an often misunderstood, under-utilised and wrongly-applied addition to a mealtime and here an engaging, informative section provides a clear, common-sense overview that might help you broaden your horizons and select wines to really enhance and highlight your meal. Of course, should you not imbibe, you can still enjoy the knowledge and understand the symmetrical relationship between wine and food. Should you imbibe, you can only benefit. Then it is on to the food, with the chapters split into appetisers and salads; soups; eggs; bread and pizza; pasta; rice and risotto; vegetables and side dishes; meat; poultry; fish and shellfish and finally deserts. Whilst there may be many familiar recipes within this book, there might be a different twist, a particular variation or some unknown nugget of knowledge waiting to be consumed. Many of the recipes show that simplicity can be often the best judge, with things like grilled mozzarella cheese coming to the fore as a prime example of a simple, yet addictive dish. Many top-flight colour photographs additionally make for mouth-watering encounters as you browse your way about. Fried pasta? Yes, fried pasta too. This name jumped out and this reviewer did a cartoon "double take" when he read that and had to be sure he wasn't daydreaming. Fortunately the recipes feature much commentary and background material to help reassure the reader, in this case, that it wasn't a terrible misprint. But once you start to think it through, it can make sense and, yummmmm! Each recipe is well-written and presented and contains nearly all the key information you might require (prep and cook time notwithstanding). Fortunately, for those of us who could lose a little weight, there are no pesky boxes with nutritional information to make you feel guilty. Perhaps this should have appeared as a discreet section at the back, so you could ignore it "by accident" but maybe at times you should and must treat yourself and just go forth, eyes closed. To further bolster the wine education given at the start of the book, wine pairings are also given as a suggestion. This book ends with a series of acknowledgements and an index but this review version was missing the latter pages, but one can imagine and expect the index to be fairly comprehensive it is following the general pattern shown within this book. The Italian food sub genre is an incredibly congested section in your typical bookstore, yet here the author has managed to carve out a credible, interesting corner for themselves that is clearly worthy of serious further consideration. The price tag might feel a bit too high, but you are getting potentially a lot for your money in return. The Tucci Cookbook, written by Stanley Tucci and published by Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781451661255, 400 pages. Typical price: USD35. YYYYY. // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Actor Stanley Tucci is the author of this wonderful Italian cookbook. The first recipe is one of my favorite dishes to eat: bruschetta with tomato. The accompanying photo looks amazing and the recipe sounds delightful! The book contains the following chapters: Appetizers and Salads Soups Eggs Bread and Pizza Pasta Rice and Risotto Vegetables and Side Dishes Meat Poultry Fish and Shellfish Desserts At the beginning you will also find an introduction by chef Mario Batali, a history of Tucci's famil Actor Stanley Tucci is the author of this wonderful Italian cookbook. The first recipe is one of my favorite dishes to eat: bruschetta with tomato. The accompanying photo looks amazing and the recipe sounds delightful! The book contains the following chapters: Appetizers and Salads Soups Eggs Bread and Pizza Pasta Rice and Risotto Vegetables and Side Dishes Meat Poultry Fish and Shellfish Desserts At the beginning you will also find an introduction by chef Mario Batali, a history of Tucci's family and their love of food as well as a section on wine. The photos are beautiful as they should be in a cookbook! I love the sauce recipes in the Pasta section. And the poultry recipes...chicken with rosemary, chicken cacciatore, simple chicken breast with sage, and roasted chicken with vegetables. A wonderful cookbook to add to your cookbook collection!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Nice Italian recipes. I doubt I would make most of it, and if I did, I couldn't help but think of Ceasar Flickerman's crazy blue hair making sauce.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    Loved getting a glimpse of Tucci and his family. There are some great recipes here but very few that demanded to be cooked by me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Great recipes , wish can try the bread and pizza recipes and many others.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz W

    Stanley Tucci (like my family) is from the Calabria region of Italy. He shows us how to produce those hearty pasta dishes, how to make beautiful seafood dishes, and how to enjoy the food you cook. There are family memories added to the family recipes, as well as wine pairings. I have especially enjoyed the different sauces his family contributed to the book, and the bruschetta is the tastiest I have ever made. This is just the best of Italian cookbooks. I do wish there was a photo to accompany e Stanley Tucci (like my family) is from the Calabria region of Italy. He shows us how to produce those hearty pasta dishes, how to make beautiful seafood dishes, and how to enjoy the food you cook. There are family memories added to the family recipes, as well as wine pairings. I have especially enjoyed the different sauces his family contributed to the book, and the bruschetta is the tastiest I have ever made. This is just the best of Italian cookbooks. I do wish there was a photo to accompany each recipe so I can see what the dish is supposed to look like when I am finished. But, that did not stop me from trying several recipes already. If you want true Italian cooking... try the recipes in the book. It is almost like being back in Scigliano.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Viktoria

    A great Italian cookbook that is a fusion of family history and the tradition of eating well. The recipes are authentic and easy to understand while Stanley Tucci is my spirit unicorn so let's be honest I wouldn't say anything bad about his cookbook. (There is a real handy section in the beginning about how to match wine to the food you're making)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Passenger B.

    Enjoyable introduction and detailed instructions on how to prepare the recipes. More pictures would have been nice though, it got a little dull for me personally after a while, because I prefer seeing beforehand what I'm trying to recreate in order to find out if I'm "doing it right".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    Stanley Tucci in his new book, “The Tucci Cookbook” published by Gallery Books teams with Gianni Scappin to give us recipes that blend both Northern and Southern Italy cuisine. From the back cover: There is some truth to the old adage “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.” What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where you’re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fresh vegetables . . . simple hearty soups . . . sumptuous stuffed meats Stanley Tucci in his new book, “The Tucci Cookbook” published by Gallery Books teams with Gianni Scappin to give us recipes that blend both Northern and Southern Italy cuisine. From the back cover: There is some truth to the old adage “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.” What is it about a good Italian supper that feels like home, no matter where you’re from? Heaping plates of steaming pasta . . . crisp fresh vegetables . . . simple hearty soups . . . sumptuous stuffed meats . . . all punctuated with luscious, warm confections. For acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, teasing our taste buds in classic foodie films such as Big Night and Julie & Julia was a logical progression from a childhood filled with innovative homemade Italian meals: decadent Venetian Seafood Salad; rich and gratifying Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese; spicy Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna; delicate Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary; fruity Roast Duck with Fresh Figs; flavorful Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust; savory Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes; buttery Plum and Polenta Cake; and yes, of course, the legendary Timpano. Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen. His characters have danced with Richard Gere, played the husband of Julia Child and help create Captain America and now this very versatile, incredible actor shows us that he can cook as well and shares his wonderful recipes with us. Mr. Tucci gives us recipes for Appetizers and Salads, Soups, Eggs, Bread and Pizza, Pasta, Rice and Risotto, Vegetables and Side Dishes, Meat, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish and Desserts. Don’t know how to cook or you feel as if you are the worst cook in the world don’t panic, Mr. Tucci has given recipes that can be made by anyone as long as you plan out some time to make the recipe and follow it step by step. And what recipes! You can almost taste the meal just by reading the ingredients. You are going to want to create every single recipe in the book and your family and friends will love you even more for making them. Mr. Tucci has provided recipes that you will not get anywhere else. Want to cook Italian? Then “The Tucci Cookbook” is the cookbook for you. You will be constantly using this book. It is just that good! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Moore

    I've always loved Italian food, but after reading Stanley Tucci's "The TUCCI Cookbook" I understood why. Inspired by his movie "Big Night" it included some of the dishes he created for the film and under the tutelage of chef Gianni Scappin. In addition to recipes and historical information contributed by his parents and other family members, Scappin was also one of the book's main contributors. Since wine is such an important accompaniment for Italian food, the book included a special section a I've always loved Italian food, but after reading Stanley Tucci's "The TUCCI Cookbook" I understood why. Inspired by his movie "Big Night" it included some of the dishes he created for the film and under the tutelage of chef Gianni Scappin. In addition to recipes and historical information contributed by his parents and other family members, Scappin was also one of the book's main contributors. Since wine is such an important accompaniment for Italian food, the book included a special section about the types of wine that're appropriate for each dish. At the end of most of the recipes there's a wine suggestion to aid the person preparing the meal too. Glamorous, full color photos especially brought the food to life for me as I read the book, and made it so vivid I could practically smell and taste everything presented on each page. It all looked and sounded so good I couldn't wait to try then, even if it meant brushing up on my cooking skills to make the more complex dishes. The way it was arranged to illustrate the way Italians eat a meal was also interesting to me and changed how I previously viewed dining. By the time I finished the book I felt Stanley Tucci had done an amazing job of immersing me in the culture he's so proud of and a wonderful advocate for.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book speaks so well to the Italian-American experience, but also includes a hybrid of Northern, Southern, and family-contrived recipes. It is familiar while still being authentic, informative, and valuable. Tucci is inviting in his writing because his stories are relevant and warm. His appreciation for the food is so obvious in his writing, his choices, and his simplicity. I read this cookbook like a work of narrative nonfiction. (The shortness of this review is not an indication of my lack This book speaks so well to the Italian-American experience, but also includes a hybrid of Northern, Southern, and family-contrived recipes. It is familiar while still being authentic, informative, and valuable. Tucci is inviting in his writing because his stories are relevant and warm. His appreciation for the food is so obvious in his writing, his choices, and his simplicity. I read this cookbook like a work of narrative nonfiction. (The shortness of this review is not an indication of my lack of interest in the book, but in my frustration for having lost my first draft of this review.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    First off, I love Stanley Tucci as an actor. I was skeptical about this cookbook but from the moment I opened it I was loving it. Great intro, stories, tips and the recipes look amazing. Easy to follow instructions and the ingredients are not too difficult to find. Great book and I'll enjoy cooking from it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This is a beautiful cookbook. The pictures are inspiring and then there are the recipes! I have a number of sauces marked to cook up- its winter so I will use canned tomatoes- but I will definitely be planting specific vegetables this spring just to try them in the recipes Stanley lays out. Focaccia, salads, the lasagnes mmmm.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    You learn the history of Stanley Tucci's parentage. Thus the history of many of the recipes in this book. Not entirely new or different but what I did try was delicious. A simply carrot salad, a basic vinaigrette and an orange cookie were my favorites. I liked the wine pairings for each recipe as well. Nice touch! Even if you only find one recipe that you adore, it's worth reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Great ideas and the stories of how the recipes came together was very touching. Part of the proceeds will go to a local NY food bank (love that idea). Some recipes have tons of steps and ingredients which were a bit much for a working mom.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vita

    Stanley Tucci’s cookbook is chock full of wonderful family stories, gorgeous photographs, and easy Italian recipes. He provides a plethora of information on living, breathing, and cooking Italian. Read this and you will be arranging an Italian dinner party soon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I love cookbooks. I love Stanley Tucci. The only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 is I want more pictures. Part of the food experience is using one's eyes. While the pictures included are completely worthy of licking the page, I wanted to see more of the dishes. Otherwise, this would get a 5.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    pork tenderloin with fennel and rosemary... seared tuna with tomato and bread salad ... timpano (drum of pasta).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    An OK Italian Cooking 101. A good basic to read – but, given the layout, not the best to work with while actually cooking.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Cordner

    Beautiful book and I adore Stanley Tucci, but the recipes are too easy. Bruschetta, really? I feel bad but nothing in the book was a revelation. Proceeds go to charity, though, so hard to complain.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Flatley

    Tucci may be a great actor and he is.....but he is also a fabulous cook and this will remain on our shelves for a long time to come. Excellent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Two of my favorite things--food, and Stanley Tucci!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is a good Italian cookbook, but I wish there were more pictures.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Some good recipes and memories of living in an Italian American family. I certainly can relate.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JDAZDesigns

    The best reason to read this cookbook? The timpano alla big night. But then, you can find that online. Right. No great reason to read it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I love Stanley Tucci and loved his book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    refgoddess

    Stanley Tucci and Italian cooking. What more is there to say? Gorgeous pictures, good recipes, and some unusual options: who knew you could make a pasta sauce with lentils?

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