Entertaining with the Sopranos

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Overview

Fans of a certain multi-award-winning HBO dramatic series and lovers of fine eating everywhere made The Sopranos Family Cookbook a runaway #1 bestseller, thanks to its intimate vignettes and delectable Old Country recipes. But that just got the party started. Now comes the ultimate guide to making every event the perfect occasion, served up by the Garden State's most gracious hostess, Carmela Soprano.

From graduation parties to holiday gatherings to poolside barbecues, Carmela ...

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Overview

Fans of a certain multi-award-winning HBO dramatic series and lovers of fine eating everywhere made The Sopranos Family Cookbook a runaway #1 bestseller, thanks to its intimate vignettes and delectable Old Country recipes. But that just got the party started. Now comes the ultimate guide to making every event the perfect occasion, served up by the Garden State's most gracious hostess, Carmela Soprano.

From graduation parties to holiday gatherings to poolside barbecues, Carmela gives you everything you need to keep your personal crew as happy as a clam in red sauce: over 75 delicious new Neapolitan-based recipes as well as scores of Soprano-approved tips on picking the ideal location, choosing tasteful decorations, whipping up the best drinks, and selecting the right music. Sweetening the festa are dozens of never-seen illustrations and insightful commentaries from Soprano relatives and intimates. You'll find "AJ" Soprano's confirmation invitation, advice on "party anxiety" from therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, a term paper by Meadow Soprano on "Why My Grandmother Can't Cook," advice from family friend Paulie Walnuts on throwing a surprise party, and much, much more.

Unsure about wine? Follow the advice of Artie Bucco, proprietor of the renowned Nuovo Vesuvio restaurant in Newark, New Jersey: "If you have steak, a 'big' meat dish, think of a 'big' red wine like a California Burgundy. I guess you could match it with a big white wine, too, but I don't know of any big white wines."

Want to surprise with a birthday gift? Model yours after what Carmela plans on giving her husband, waste management executive Tony Soprano, on his fiftieth: a Dean Martin impersonator, an outdoor screening of his favorite film, The Public Enemy, starring James Cagney, and a monogrammed putter. (But no ritzy watch. He has a dozen of them.)

Planning a wedding? Find inspiration in the vision of Carmela's sister-in-law, Janice Soprano Baccilieri: "As guests enter a cathedral of pines, they would pass an ancient wishing well where they could deposit small presents or deep thoughts about life and love. Ideally, I would love for the whole ceremony to be done in the nude, but unfortunately, the time for that kind of pagan openness has long passed."

Flustered by funerals? Heed the wise suggestions for his own wake from Tony's Uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano: "A lot of food, no crap, a lot of homemade Bucassi vino, a nice speech from Bobby Bacala, since he was always the nicest to me of all those bums, and me singing like Caruso on the Victrola."

In Carmela's words: "What's closer to a celebration of life than celebrations? Look for them, jump into them, charger plates and all, and have a ball."

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Editorial Reviews

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As perfectly timed as a Mob hit, Entertaining with the Sopranos coincides with the sixth and final season of the HBO series. This family cookbook "as compiled by Carmela Soprano" includes recipes for graduation get-togethers, holiday celebrations, poolside barbecues, neighborhood shindigs, and, of course, "sitdowns" and Sopranos parties.
Library Journal
Soprano has "written" the second cookbook based on the characters of the popular HBO series. Rucker and Scicolone return as ghost writers and work with a format similar to their The Sopranos Family Cookbook. The swearing, blood, and gore of the TV series are not evident as Soprano suggests plans for a variety of parties-literally from birth to death. There are 75 well-thought-out recipes to accompany these occasions, from a simple Spaghetti Pie to a more difficult Easter Sweet Bread. Soprano provides many examples of Italian American culture, including the origin of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, courtesy of Natalie Del Greco of the Newark, NJ, Public Library. Other members of the extended Soprano family provide commentary on the events. Daughter Meadow recommends gifts for graduation parties-no dictionary but consumer technology or cash! Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri speaks on how to give a toast; the last suggestion, "Make it short-it's a toast-not an address to Congress." This would not be the first purchase for an Italian cookbook, but it will be popular among fans who would like to emulate the Sopranos' celebrations.-Christine Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641869914
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/13/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Entertaining with the Sopranos

As compiled by Carmela Soprano
By Allen Rucker

Warner Books

ISBN: 0-446-57911-4


Chapter One

NEAPOLITAN CROSTINI

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe tomatoes 1/2 teaspoon oregano Salt and freshly ground pepper 12 thin slices of Italian bread, preferably semolina bread 8 ounces fresh mozzarella 12 anchovy fillets Extra virgin olive oil

PREPARATION Cut the tomatoes in half through the core and squeeze gently to extract the seeds and juice. Trim away the core. Chop the tomatoes into half inch pieces and toss them in a bowl with the oregano, salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 450°. Oil a large roasting pan. Arrange the bread slices on the pan. Toast the bread 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, but leave it turned on. Place a slice of mozzarella on top of each piece of bread and then an anchovy. Spoon a little of the tomato on each. Drizzle with a few drops extra virgin olive oil. Return the pan to the oven and bake 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Great recipes !

    All recipes by Michele Scicolone in this book or any that she contributes to are excellent. My husband is the cook and has prepared many of her recipes with total success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    I love this cookbook.

    The recipes are simply delicious, and I do mean simple. All of them are easy to follow. At first, I hesitated to pick up this book because of the name "Soprano". However, it tells delightful stories of entertaining traditions of the actors and actresses in the Soprano series. Because I have an Italian background, I could relate to so much of this. In fact the recipes remind me of Grandma Salvi's cooking.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Great Gift

    This was a great gift for a Soprano's fan. He is anxious to try the recipes.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    shelbear

    A fun book if you are into the Sopranos and love to try new recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    So much fun

    So much fun with planning a party and what to fix other than the standard foods everyone seems to fix for a dinner party. Wonderful stories as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    Great Fun for a Sopranos Fan!

    A fun gift for my mother for Christmas, a huge Sopranos fan! Nothing can go wrong with a gift that is a fun compliment to bring a giggle.

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