Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cookbook Review: The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451661258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661255

Book Description

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.

About 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.

My Review

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!

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