The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco

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Nuovo Vesuvio. The "family" restaurant, redefined. Home to the finest in Napolitan' cuisine and Essex County's best kept secret. Now Artie Bucco, la cucina's master chef and your personal host, invites you to a special feast...with a little help from his friends. From arancini to zabaglione, from baccala to Quail Sinatra-style, Artie Bucco and his guests, the Sopranos and their associates, offer food lovers one hundred Avellinese-style recipes and valuable preparation tips. But that's not all! Artie also brings ...

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Overview

Nuovo Vesuvio. The "family" restaurant, redefined. Home to the finest in Napolitan' cuisine and Essex County's best kept secret. Now Artie Bucco, la cucina's master chef and your personal host, invites you to a special feast...with a little help from his friends. From arancini to zabaglione, from baccala to Quail Sinatra-style, Artie Bucco and his guests, the Sopranos and their associates, offer food lovers one hundred Avellinese-style recipes and valuable preparation tips. But that's not all! Artie also brings you a cornucopia of precious Sopranos artifacts that includes photos from the old country; the first Bucco's Vesuvio's menu from 1926; AJ's school essay on "Why I Like Food"; Bobby Bacala's style tips for big eaters, and much, much more. So share the big table with: Tony Soprano, waste management executive "Most people soak a bagful of discount briquettes with lighter fluid and cook a pork chop until it's shoe leather and think they're Wolfgang Puck." Enjoy his tender Grilled Sausages sizzling with fennel or cheese. Warning: Piercing the skin is a fire hazard. Corrado "Junior" Soprano, Tony's uncle "Mama always cooked. No one died of too much cholesterol or some such crap." Savor his Pasta Fazool, a toothsome marriage of cannellini beans and ditalini pasta, or Giambott', a grand-operatic vegetable medley. Carmela Soprano, Tony's wife "If someone were sick, my inclination would be to send over a pastina and ricotta. It's healing food." Try her Baked Ziti, sinfully enriched with three cheeses, and her earthy 'Shcarole with Garlic. Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri, associate of Tony Soprano "I have heard that Eskimos have fifty words for snow. We have five hundred words for food." Sink your teeth into his Eggs in Purgatory-eight eggs, bubbling tomato sauce, and an experience that's pure heaven. As Artie says, "Enjoy, with a thousand meals and a thousand laughs. Buon' appetito!"

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Knowing that his Sopranos buddies enjoy a good meal as much as a late night at the BaddaBing, Vesuvio owner Artie Bucco has compiled a cookbook that even Carmela will envy. Including a history of Neapolitan cuisine for out-of-towners, Artie presents 100 recipes created with the characters in mind. His baked ziti is so good that if you don't like it, you swim with the fishes.
Arthur Schwartz
...tells you how to cook like an Italian Mama and how to eat like a wiseguy...the TV show with shopping and recipes...
David Rosengarten
This is a fantastic 'celebrity' cookbook that really makes sense.
Frank Pellegrino
...a wonderful cookbook...simple, well done, and easy to make...this book deserves its own Emmy!
Publishers Weekly
In what is quite possibly the most fun of all the Sopranos-themed titles being published in time for the show's September return, this tongue-in-cheek cookbook brings homestyle Soprano family cooking to the table. Artie Bucco, the character (played by John Ventimiglia) who is the chef at the show's Vesuvio restaurant, sets the tone of this book of insider "family" secrets by explaining his family's move from Campania, Italy, to New Jersey, then turns to various Soprano characters. (A brief chapter on Neapolitan cooking is explained by the Newark Public Library's Natalie del Greco, who offers recipes for a simple Marinara Sauce as well as a Sunday Gravy.) In a chapter entitled "The Soprano Family Tradition," Bucco listens as Corrado Soprano Jr., or Uncle Jun', reminisces about Newark's Little Italy (which at one time felt like an "Italian Disneyland") while whetting his appetite with thoughts of Pasta Fagiole and Panzerotti (Neapolitan Potato Croquettes). While the book's conceit is playfully written by Rucker (The Sopranos: A Family History) in the voice of each character, the recipes, by Scicolone (Italian Holiday Cooking), are solid and honest-to-goodness Italian-American dishes. In a conversation with Bucco, Carmela Soprano reveals her Sicilian upbringing through such recipes as `Shcarole and Garlic (sauteed escarole), while scale-tipping Bobby Bacala pontificates on the importance of sweets and offers his own way to make Cannoli. Even the godfather himself, Tony Soprano, lectures on the art of the grill (fans will remember his BBQ panic attack). In the end, readers are left with a book-filled with stills from Soprano episodes-that is alternately enticing and wonderfully tacky, just like the Soprano family members themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446530576
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 69,495
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Cooking the Neapolitan Way 7
Chapter 2 The Soprano Family Tradition: A Conversation 25
Chapter 3 Sunday Dinner: As Remembered 37
Chapter 4 Feeding My Family: A Chat with Carmela Soprano 55
Chapter 5 Mia Cucina 73
Chapter 6 Cooking for the Whole Famiglia: Party Planning with Charmaine Bucco 97
Chapter 7 Rage, Guilt, Loneliness, and Food: Excerpts from a Paper 113
Chapter 8 My Nucci 133
Chapter 9 Cibo D'Amore: Advice from Adriana La Cerva 149
Chapter 10 Grilling--Italian Style 161
Chapter 11 If I Couldn't Eat, I'd F**king Die: Bobby Bacala Speaks Out 177
Afterword 197
Index of Recipes 198
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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    good book

    good recipes,easy

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Sorpranos cook with and Iron fist!

    Being 100% Italian (thank you GOD)! I will tell you that the dishes in the cook book are A1. Now some of the dishes have been Americanized but hey what's wrong with that right. Buy the book and join the family!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Mama Mia-That's Good

    Both sets of my grandparents came over from Italy and my father's father lived with us until I was 9 years old. So many of the recipes bring back such great and vivid memories. Eggs in Purgatory was the recipe both my sisters and I could not recall.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Not every Italian calls sauce "gravy"!

    This is a fun book, interestingly written, nice recipes and enjoyable to read. Doesn't take itself too seriously. It would make a nice Christmas gift maybe with a bottle of an old fashioned Chianti.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    this book is great

    i cooked up a feast for the family ,then the whole family told me how great the food was .they were really impressed .except for cousin vinny he didnt like the food he said it had way to much garlic .so we had him whacked .now me and the family can enjoy a home cooked meal with out any problems . great book!! one downside it should also have ways to whack people who dont like the food.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    N o gravy

    The authors are trying to make Italian dishes sound like French cuisine. If it is truly "Soprano Italian" everything would be covered in "gravy." Not sauce this or that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Good Italian Cookbook

    Love it! Has some basic Italian recipes and some not hard to cook recipes and yummy!

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Great Simple Cookbook

    Easy home cooked meals that all turn out perfect...I have made so many...

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Full of personality!

    We're Italian, and our family got such a kick out of this cook book. Some of the recipes reminded me of the simple Italian recipes my parents made when I was a kid. I almost forgot about some of them so it was a walk down memory lane. The stories along with the recipes were hallarious, we laughed and laughed. We loved this book so much I told my co-workers about it and they all purchased the book, some of them purchased two, one for friends. It'a a great buy! Easy to use and very traditional. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Good Italian Food

    Use for Family Stlye Meals. Great recipes!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    Fun read!

    It was a fun read and I found some recipes I would like to try. Did in fact use one--something my husband had had years ago and I had never made. Turned out delicious. So good recipes and also a fun book to read especially if you are a Sopranos fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Great Book

    Being married to an italian - it is a very easy book to follow... very funny as well. Love it... food is wonderful also

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  • Posted October 7, 2008

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    For Classic and Easy Italian Cooking

    Loved this for the simple and delicious Italian standards. A busy cooks's dream requiring ingredients one would have already. Perfect for the average cook to reference homey and classic dishes loved by all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    I love this cookbook!! It is just like my family recipes. They are simple and easy to make and always hit!!! Now, I don't have to keep calling my mother to find out how do you make ''. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Italian-American cooking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    Feed It To The Fish !

    A list of recipes not worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Nothing Like It

    I love this cookbook. Of course my favorite is Penne ala Vodka! Just like the true Italians make it back in New York. Recommend it to anyone who loves Italian cooking. My family just loves it when I cook from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    A very good cookbook, even for a cheapskate such as myself:)

    I got a little bit of Soprano in my blood line, Of course mine is on the Iowa timber side of the family...My wife bought me this book for Christmas and I must say it's a keeper! If your a Rick Black fan, than I being Rick Black, recommends this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Tour of Italy with the Sopranos

    I got this wonderful cookbook as a Christmas gift and have been cooking ever since. People are amazed at the spectacular recipies and the simplicity of their creation. There is something for everyone in this book. A delightful tour of Italy from top to bottom with recipies from the heart. No 3 hour preparation needed, many things are common in all our kitchens, you can enjoy this book and its recipies right away. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    Just like Mama's!

    I received this cookbook as a gift, and have been delighted with it! Like my mother before me, I learned to cook by being in the kitchen with my mom, and every Sunday and especially on holidays, we'd make macaroni (we never called it pasta) meatballs and sausage, and if it was an occasion, bracciole. Gravy (not sauce) cooked all morning, flavored by the meat. Today I make these recipes but have never had them written down. Reading through the different dishes in the cookbook, I see that they are prepared exactly the way my family has always made them. I can't wait to try some of the other dishes I've always loved but didn't know how to cook. Thank you, Artie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    What a gift

    A great christmas gift for any sopranos fan! I've ordered 20 of these books already for christmas presents and 15 of another book called Dreams: Gateway to the True Self. Dreams... is a inspirational book about finding yourself and realizing your infinite potential. I higly recommend both books for this holiday season.

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