I Never Forget a Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence

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Best known for his portrayal of Stuart Markowitz on the hit television series L. A. Law, actor Michael Tucker is as accomplished a bon vivant as he is an actor. In this delightful memoir he vividly evokes the personal and professional highlights of his life through his fondest food memories - from a childhood crab feast on Chesapeake Bay to a bluefish lunch in Boston with Julia Child. Recalling a well-fed, highly spiced past, Tucker reveals how all the important events in his life are somehow related to food: his...
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Overview

Best known for his portrayal of Stuart Markowitz on the hit television series L. A. Law, actor Michael Tucker is as accomplished a bon vivant as he is an actor. In this delightful memoir he vividly evokes the personal and professional highlights of his life through his fondest food memories - from a childhood crab feast on Chesapeake Bay to a bluefish lunch in Boston with Julia Child. Recalling a well-fed, highly spiced past, Tucker reveals how all the important events in his life are somehow related to food: his memories of falling in love with Jill Eikenberry, for instance, are forever linked to the cheesesteak sandwiches he ate after sneaking over to her apartment. Here are teenage reminiscences of Baltimore brisket sandwiches, Hollywood eats with pal Steven Bochco, and a year in Rome with Lina Wertmuller and Italian food - "the most emotional, most soul-satisfying in the world."

In a warm and witty, memoir, Michael Tucker, former star of TV's L.A. Law, reveals how all the important events in his life are somehow related to food. What emerges from this charming memoir is a portrait of a man who loves food and life in equal--and outsize--measure.

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Library Journal
"The stories in this book are memories, each one prodded back to life by the sensual evocation of a meal." This statement sets the premise for this book as Tucker, a stage and screen actor best known for his role in L.A. Law, looks back on his life and his love for food and cooking. From his childhood in Baltimore (a recipe for crabcakes is included) to the present, the author rhapsodizes over food. He provides 29 recipes, with pasta and Italian dishes dominating the collection. Most of the recipes are geared toward readers who have some experience with basic cooking techniques rather than the novice chef. Recipes aside, it is Tucker's earthy, humorous, and poignant stories that will draw readers in. Medium and large public libraries may want to consider this title if their patrons' interest in cooking and celebrities warrants.-John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., Ariz.
Alice Joyce
Years of theater work could not begin to generate the fame Tucker achieved as an actor on television's "L.A. Law", the number-one show during much of its tenure on the air. In his genuinely warm, vastly entertaining memoir, Tucker's passion for food adds a mouthwatering element to reminiscences that extend over the course of his marriage to costar Jill Eikenberry, and a successful acting career. Doting father of two children, Tucker has led a charmed life surrounded by industry luminaries; Philip Glass is a cousin, of sorts; Meryl Streep, a dear friend; and Steven Bochco, an old school buddy. By all accounts, the major events in his life were punctuated by incredible meals shared with family and colleagues. Tucker's anecdotes are often very funny, sometimes heartrending, but always liberally seasoned with recipes offering the perfect dish for each occasion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316856256
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker

Rob Cooper is a Test Lead on the Access team at Microsoft. He started at Microsoft as a support engineer in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1998 and joined the Access 2003 test team in Redmond in 2001. During the Access 2007 release, he led the security efforts across the test team and worked on several new features including disabled mode, database encryption, Office Trust Center, and sorting, grouping, and totals. Rob also led efforts around the Access object model and continues to provide direction around programmability and security in Access.

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