The Tucci Cookbook

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Overview

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...

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Overview

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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"A tavola non si invecchia." ("At the table, one does not grow old.")—Italian proverb. For actor/director Stanley Tucci, the pleasures of a warm family meal constitute the combination of magic and pasta that Federico Fellini sought in life. In this plentiful cookbook, he joins with his Italian-American parents to serve nearly 200 mouth-watering recipes, including Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary; Roast Duck with Fresh Figs; Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust; and Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna. The main courses are each pair with wines.

Publishers Weekly
Stanley Tucci, before The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, and Julie & Julia, first wrote, directed, and starred in a small but brilliant film called Big Night, about Italian brothers who open a restaurant along the 1950s Jersey shore. That film inspired the cookbook Cucina & Famiglia, written by Tucci’s mother, Joan, and Gianni Scappin, then chef at New York City’s Le Madri. Now Tucci has written his own cookbook, along with his parents and Scappin. There are few surprises, but no matter, as Tucci’s recipes evoke the comforting, elegant simplicity of Italian home cooking. Writing about a “variation on the traditional prosciutto with melon,” Tucci recalls his father’s backyard fig trees and suggests draping a slice of prosciutto over a quartered fig. With each recipe, Tyler Coleman offers an accessible wine pairing (“bubbly and light white” for the fig recipe). There’s a risotto with butternut squash, lobster, and sage that Tucci remembers Scappin preparing for him while researching Big Night. For meat dishes, Tucci presents pork tenderloin with fennel and rosemary, as well as seared tuna with tomato and bread salad. And for dessert, the northern Italian staple polenta is combined with plums (though, as in his appetizer, Tucci suggests substituting figs). Finally, in keeping with the theme of Big Night, Tucci offers in this truly delightful cookbook a recipe for the timpano—drum of pasta—as well as a vegetarian version. (Oct.)
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“Stanley’s masterful artistry and talent on screen is inevitable, and having cooked with Stanley in my own kitchen, I can say with confidence that Stanley has talent behind the stoves as well. He is at ease and most skilled while cooking, and delivers truly delicious recipes. This cookbook is an intimate glimpse into the Italian heritage that Stanley holds dear—sharing the memories and flavors of his family table. And, it is with much admiration that I recommend this delicious read.”
—Lidia Bastianich, New York Times bestselling author of Lidia’s Italy in America

“Stanley Tucci understands Italian food and Italian cooking. If that wasn’t immediately apparent upon viewing his brilliant film Big Night, it will be when you read this book. . . . Stanley’s co-author Gianni Scappin taught me everything important I needed to know about the food of Northern Italy. . . . His recipes and the techniques he taught me are fundamental to my life and have saved me from untold embarrassment every time I cook for my Italian in-laws.”
—Anthony Bourdain, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential

“Chefs and actors share a wonderful bond, the warm friendship of their respective colleagues. Stanley has learned to straddle both professions and this terrific book is a testament. Stanley is totally passionate about his Italian culinary history, and he is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of how home cooks and professional chefs approach recipes. I adore his family anecdotes and recipes, especially when one region has a strong opinion how a tomato sauce is to be prepared. I am jealous, Stanley is the consummate actor/director, and now we can add chef/cookbook author. Well done!”
—Jonathan Waxman, author of Italian, My Way

Pamela Toler
"The best adjective for The Tucci Cookbook is generous: from portion sizes to the constant theme of hospitality to Tucci's decision to donate a portion of the profits to the Food Bank of New York City. The Tucci Cookbook will appeal both to serious home cooks and to film buffs."
Library Journal
Acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, the grandson of Calabrian immigrants, is no stranger to food; while researching his 1996 film Big Night, he trained for a year and a half with chef Gianni Scappin. He also co-owned Finch Tavern in New York and currently hosts the public television series Vine Talk. Here, with Scappin, his parents Joan and Stan Tucci, and writer Mimi Taft (coauthor, The Tribeca Cookbook), Tucci shares family memories and recipes for appetizers (Potato Croquettes), pasta (Linguine with Clam Sauce), main dishes (Roast Duck with Fresh Figs), and other courses. Most recipes include variations and suggested wine pairings. VERDICT A celebrity cookbook of uncommon quality that balances rustic and sophisticated fare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594532118
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Tucci has appeared in more than fifty films, including The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, and Road to Perdition, as well as more than a dozen plays, on and off Broadway. Stanley starred in Julie & Julia, opposite Meryl Streep, and The Lovely Bones, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination along with Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, and Broadcast Film Critics nominations.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mario Batali viii

Preface Stanley Tucci xi

An Introduction to the Tropiano and Tucci Families Stan Joan Tucci xvii

A Note About Wine Tyler Coleman xxx

Appetizers and Salads Antipasti ed Insalate 1

Soups Zuppe 51

Eggs Uova 71

Bread and Pizza Pane e Pizza 83

Pasta Pasta 107

Rice and Risotto Riso e Risotto 187

Vegetables and Side Dishes Vegetali e Contorni 205

Meat Carne 243

Poultry Pollame 277

Fish and Shellfish Pesce 299

Desserts Dolci 323

Acknowledgments 352

Index 353

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    Easy to follow recipes, with great results! So glad I purchased this cookbook (not like I needed yet another cookbook). I saw him on GMA a few months back and tried the recipe from the show, delicious! Thank you mr Tucci, not only do I enjoy your acting....but you cook great too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    10 stars

    Now thats what I call a wonderful cookbook!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Excellent

    Unbelievable Italian recepies! Easy to follow as well

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    Stanley Tucci in his new book, ¿The Tucci Cookbook¿ published by

    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!

    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.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Big Night Timpano Winner

    Bought the book because of the Timpano recipe. Loving the other recipes also.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

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    Beautiful book!

    When Family stories are melded into the cooking it warms the heart. Loved this book and Stanley Tucci is one very special man....

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    As a mezza-Italiana, I'm partial to good Italian cuisine. I prep

    As a mezza-Italiana, I'm partial to good Italian cuisine. I prepared not one, but three, recipes from Tucci's cookbook for a dinner gathering I hosted last night...All were simple and quite delicious! It's a lovely cookbook from one of my favorite actors. I'm glad I found this little gem and it will see much use along with other favorites from Marcella Hazan. Biba Caggiano and Giada DiLaurentis!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Beautiful photos and fun to read

    Beautifully presented book.....some very appealing recipes .....easy to follow recipes

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    it was okay

    I was a little disappointed in the cookbook as I thought there would be more recipes that would be easy to follow and I would recognize. I would not order it again.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Great Recipies- Great personal stories

    Excellent for all those who love Italian cuisine. Terrific family recipies and a great history of the Tucci family and all things Italian. This is a must cookbook which you will enjoy reading as a biography and enjoy even more making some of the great recipies.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

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    What a beautiful book!

    Bought this for a friend for Christmas, but couldn't resist peeking inside...very, very nicely done!

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    Posted November 20, 2012

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