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The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. 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 fre The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. 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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The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. 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 fre The Tucci Family brings wine pairings, updated recipes, gorgeous photography, and family memories to a new generation of Italian food lovers. 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.

30 review for The Tucci Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    The perfect companion to the current TV series "Stanley Tucci's Searching for Italy". Filled with lots of family stories and delicious food! The perfect companion to the current TV series "Stanley Tucci's Searching for Italy". Filled with lots of family stories and delicious food!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I made the best risotto of my life while reading this book. The pumpkin risotto. Do it. If you are just sitting down to read it, it gets repetitive, and one more round of editing wouldn't hurt. In a way, though, this makes it function better as a cookbook. You can flip to the middle of it, see something you like, and it wouldn't matter if you hadn't read the 200 pages before - you have before you all the information you need to make a wonderful meal. I was somewhat disappointed with the dessert se I made the best risotto of my life while reading this book. The pumpkin risotto. Do it. If you are just sitting down to read it, it gets repetitive, and one more round of editing wouldn't hurt. In a way, though, this makes it function better as a cookbook. You can flip to the middle of it, see something you like, and it wouldn't matter if you hadn't read the 200 pages before - you have before you all the information you need to make a wonderful meal. I was somewhat disappointed with the dessert section. I was forced to drown my sorrows in that glorious risotto.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Everyone loves Stanley Tucci. Who doesn't love Stanley Tucci? His love of Italy and Italian food is so evident here. It was fun to revisit recipes for Italian standards and compare them to my family's version of them. And it was fun to read about new dishes and think about how I might tweak them. And, it was fun to daydream about a return trip to Italy! Mangia! Mangia! Everyone loves Stanley Tucci. Who doesn't love Stanley Tucci? His love of Italy and Italian food is so evident here. It was fun to revisit recipes for Italian standards and compare them to my family's version of them. And it was fun to read about new dishes and think about how I might tweak them. And, it was fun to daydream about a return trip to Italy! Mangia! Mangia!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    What can I say? Mr. Tucci, actor & cook, presents a stunningly well written and inspiring cookbook... he is a Renaissance man with panache! This inspiring, approachable tome of recipes will have a place of honor in my small collection of extra ordinary cooking volumes. Salad, Stanley!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    A behemoth of a book, delivering to lovers of Italian food over 200 recipes, details of dozens of wine pairings and a lot of commentary to boot by Italian-American author and actor Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, etc). This book is described as a love letter to his parents, to his Italian roots and to the entire Italian-American "experience", a combination of recipe book, history book and social commentary all wrapped up in a parcel like a piece of perfect pasta. Many books te A behemoth of a book, delivering to lovers of Italian food over 200 recipes, details of dozens of wine pairings and a lot of commentary to boot by Italian-American author and actor Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, etc). This book is described as a love letter to his parents, to his Italian roots and to the entire Italian-American "experience", a combination of recipe book, history book and social commentary all wrapped up in a parcel like a piece of perfect pasta. Many books tend to feature some form of tribute or history, ascribed to the author's love and enthusiasm to their roots and being, yet not so many manage to make a lengthy, comprehensive section really readable and engaging. Even though you don't know the family and possibly don't know the background, you can begin to feel that you are a lot closer after reading this. Wine is an often misunderstood, under-utilised and wrongly-applied addition to a mealtime and here an engaging, informative section provides a clear, common-sense overview that might help you broaden your horizons and select wines to really enhance and highlight your meal. Of course, should you not imbibe, you can still enjoy the knowledge and understand the symmetrical relationship between wine and food. Should you imbibe, you can only benefit. Then it is on to the food, with the chapters split into appetisers and salads; soups; eggs; bread and pizza; pasta; rice and risotto; vegetables and side dishes; meat; poultry; fish and shellfish and finally deserts. Whilst there may be many familiar recipes within this book, there might be a different twist, a particular variation or some unknown nugget of knowledge waiting to be consumed. Many of the recipes show that simplicity can be often the best judge, with things like grilled mozzarella cheese coming to the fore as a prime example of a simple, yet addictive dish. Many top-flight colour photographs additionally make for mouth-watering encounters as you browse your way about. Fried pasta? Yes, fried pasta too. This name jumped out and this reviewer did a cartoon "double take" when he read that and had to be sure he wasn't daydreaming. Fortunately the recipes feature much commentary and background material to help reassure the reader, in this case, that it wasn't a terrible misprint. But once you start to think it through, it can make sense and, yummmmm! Each recipe is well-written and presented and contains nearly all the key information you might require (prep and cook time notwithstanding). Fortunately, for those of us who could lose a little weight, there are no pesky boxes with nutritional information to make you feel guilty. Perhaps this should have appeared as a discreet section at the back, so you could ignore it "by accident" but maybe at times you should and must treat yourself and just go forth, eyes closed. To further bolster the wine education given at the start of the book, wine pairings are also given as a suggestion. This book ends with a series of acknowledgements and an index but this review version was missing the latter pages, but one can imagine and expect the index to be fairly comprehensive it is following the general pattern shown within this book. The Italian food sub genre is an incredibly congested section in your typical bookstore, yet here the author has managed to carve out a credible, interesting corner for themselves that is clearly worthy of serious further consideration. The price tag might feel a bit too high, but you are getting potentially a lot for your money in return. The Tucci Cookbook, written by Stanley Tucci and published by Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781451661255, 400 pages. Typical price: USD35. YYYYY. // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  6. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    This is an amazing & authentic Italian cookbook. I was so excited when I heard it was being released - and - by Stanley Tucci!! He's a favorite actor of mine. The book is packed with wonderful main courses, side dishes, appetizers, and we can't forget, desserts. It's nice when you see a cookbook that has "new" recipes, not just recycled ones or the usual, run-of-the-mill Italian dishes. The photos are gorgeous and Stanley Tucci has a little section in the beginning about his love for food & a f This is an amazing & authentic Italian cookbook. I was so excited when I heard it was being released - and - by Stanley Tucci!! He's a favorite actor of mine. The book is packed with wonderful main courses, side dishes, appetizers, and we can't forget, desserts. It's nice when you see a cookbook that has "new" recipes, not just recycled ones or the usual, run-of-the-mill Italian dishes. The photos are gorgeous and Stanley Tucci has a little section in the beginning about his love for food & a few photos from his childhood & family. All in all, it's one of the best Italian cookbooks I have - and I have many. Plus I have a little thing for Italians ...( : Enjoy! It's not to be missed ~~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Hubby and I are loving Stanley's new TV series about dining at various locals in Italy. It reminds us of all the wonderful meals we had there and the glorious sights we saw. There are a lot of good recipes and his family history in this book; however, I was struck by the fact that as an American many of my own family recipes come from places all over the world and aren't confined to just one country. America truly offers one gigantic culinary melting pot. Although I've always felt that if I had Hubby and I are loving Stanley's new TV series about dining at various locals in Italy. It reminds us of all the wonderful meals we had there and the glorious sights we saw. There are a lot of good recipes and his family history in this book; however, I was struck by the fact that as an American many of my own family recipes come from places all over the world and aren't confined to just one country. America truly offers one gigantic culinary melting pot. Although I've always felt that if I had to choose only one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, I'd choose Italian (in spite of my heritage being Scottish, English, Irish, and Swedish.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Great recipes , wish can try the bread and pizza recipes and many others.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Martinez

    This is a cookbook I may consider purchasing! So many yummy Italian recipes including a lot of bread recipes! I enjoyed reading about the Tucci family, and once again, wished I was Italian, 😀

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Stanley Tucci was so sexy in Big Night, that I bought both of his cookbooks, which I have enjoyed cooking from. I understand from another fan that he owned a restaurant in NJ before he became an actor.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    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 famil 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!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi

    Just love him!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nash

    I love cookbooks. I love Stanley Tucci. The only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 is I want more pictures. Part of the food experience is using one's eyes. While the pictures included are completely worthy of licking the page, I wanted to see more of the dishes. Otherwise, this would get a 5. I love cookbooks. I love Stanley Tucci. The only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 is I want more pictures. Part of the food experience is using one's eyes. While the pictures included are completely worthy of licking the page, I wanted to see more of the dishes. Otherwise, this would get a 5.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Driver

    Enjoyable introduction and detailed instructions on how to prepare the recipes. More pictures would have been nice though, it got a little dull for me personally after a while, because I prefer seeing beforehand what I'm trying to recreate in order to find out if I'm "doing it right". Enjoyable introduction and detailed instructions on how to prepare the recipes. More pictures would have been nice though, it got a little dull for me personally after a while, because I prefer seeing beforehand what I'm trying to recreate in order to find out if I'm "doing it right".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aidan

    Most of the recipes do not have pictures of what it is you're actually supposed to be making. This is very disappointing. I rarely want to bother with the recipes that do not have accompanying images. Most of the recipes do not have pictures of what it is you're actually supposed to be making. This is very disappointing. I rarely want to bother with the recipes that do not have accompanying images.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Nice Italian recipes. I doubt I would make most of it, and if I did, I couldn't help but think of Ceasar Flickerman's crazy blue hair making sauce. Nice Italian recipes. I doubt I would make most of it, and if I did, I couldn't help but think of Ceasar Flickerman's crazy blue hair making sauce.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cordner

    Beautiful book and I adore Stanley Tucci, but the recipes are too easy. Bruschetta, really? I feel bad but nothing in the book was a revelation. Proceeds go to charity, though, so hard to complain.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    Loved getting a glimpse of Tucci and his family. There are some great recipes here but very few that demanded to be cooked by me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz W

    Stanley Tucci (like my family) is from the Calabria region of Italy. He shows us how to produce those hearty pasta dishes, how to make beautiful seafood dishes, and how to enjoy the food you cook. There are family memories added to the family recipes, as well as wine pairings. I have especially enjoyed the different sauces his family contributed to the book, and the bruschetta is the tastiest I have ever made. This is just the best of Italian cookbooks. I do wish there was a photo to accompany e Stanley Tucci (like my family) is from the Calabria region of Italy. He shows us how to produce those hearty pasta dishes, how to make beautiful seafood dishes, and how to enjoy the food you cook. There are family memories added to the family recipes, as well as wine pairings. I have especially enjoyed the different sauces his family contributed to the book, and the bruschetta is the tastiest I have ever made. This is just the best of Italian cookbooks. I do wish there was a photo to accompany each recipe so I can see what the dish is supposed to look like when I am finished. But, that did not stop me from trying several recipes already. If you want true Italian cooking... try the recipes in the book. It is almost like being back in Scigliano.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Connie Ciampanelli

    There are cookbooks that are beautiful to look at but virtually impossible for the average home cook to use in her/his kitchen. The Tucci Cookbook, published in 2012 (originally entitled Cucina & Familia, 1999) is not that. I was not born, but married into an Italian-American family, and with Italian cuisine my favorite, for me Tucci's book of recipes an anecdotes is a treasure trove. Along with his own stories of family, love, and food, obviously paramount in his life, are those of his mother a There are cookbooks that are beautiful to look at but virtually impossible for the average home cook to use in her/his kitchen. The Tucci Cookbook, published in 2012 (originally entitled Cucina & Familia, 1999) is not that. I was not born, but married into an Italian-American family, and with Italian cuisine my favorite, for me Tucci's book of recipes an anecdotes is a treasure trove. Along with his own stories of family, love, and food, obviously paramount in his life, are those of his mother and father, who cook alongside him. Replete with gorgeous photos, this is a must-have for anyone who loves to cook and to eat Italian food. I read through every recipe, many of which I plan to recreate and all of which stirred my appetite. Highly recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dona

    I’ve always been a fan of Stanley Tucci and with his new CNN show, Searching for Italy, I had a great deal of interest in reading his first cookbook. I have to say I was impressed. The recipes are ones that anyone with basic kitchen knowledge should be able to prepare and the list of ingredients are not ridiculously lengthy or filled with obscure (and hard to find) ingredients as they can be in many high profile cookbook author's books. I especially found the chapter on wines interesting and dow I’ve always been a fan of Stanley Tucci and with his new CNN show, Searching for Italy, I had a great deal of interest in reading his first cookbook. I have to say I was impressed. The recipes are ones that anyone with basic kitchen knowledge should be able to prepare and the list of ingredients are not ridiculously lengthy or filled with obscure (and hard to find) ingredients as they can be in many high profile cookbook author's books. I especially found the chapter on wines interesting and down to earth. It explains the different varieties of wines and the recommended parings very thoroughly.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mason Jones

    Rating before trying the recipes, but from reading through them it's clear that they're both traditional and not overly complicated: these are recipes that normal people can make. After thoroughly enjoying his wonderful show about Italy's cuisine (waiting for season 2 now...), this is the natural next step. After reading through it and marking some recipes to try, my main criticism is that it would be an improvement if all of the recipes had a photo, rather than just the occasional photo. Seeing Rating before trying the recipes, but from reading through them it's clear that they're both traditional and not overly complicated: these are recipes that normal people can make. After thoroughly enjoying his wonderful show about Italy's cuisine (waiting for season 2 now...), this is the natural next step. After reading through it and marking some recipes to try, my main criticism is that it would be an improvement if all of the recipes had a photo, rather than just the occasional photo. Seeing a picture of what you're trying to make is always extremely helpful; plus it would, I'm sure, make them even more tempting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Katz

    Like walking through my childhood memories. Food is pivotal to identity with culture and family and this book really brings me back. Wonderful descriptions and easy directions. Favorites include; roasted bell peppers, stuffed mushrooms, mussels, clams baked in a half shell, calamari, scungeli, artichokes, peppers and eggs, pastina, Easter bread, zeppole, lasagna, marinara sauce, lentils, gnocchi, cannelloni, broccoli rabe, braciole, meatballs, stuffed peppers, rosemary chicken, biscotti, cannoli Like walking through my childhood memories. Food is pivotal to identity with culture and family and this book really brings me back. Wonderful descriptions and easy directions. Favorites include; roasted bell peppers, stuffed mushrooms, mussels, clams baked in a half shell, calamari, scungeli, artichokes, peppers and eggs, pastina, Easter bread, zeppole, lasagna, marinara sauce, lentils, gnocchi, cannelloni, broccoli rabe, braciole, meatballs, stuffed peppers, rosemary chicken, biscotti, cannoli, tiramisu, ricotta cake.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is the cookbook that every family wishes that they compiled...all of the recipes from every relative! Stanley Tucci has recipes from his parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. In addition, he worked with Chef Gianni Scappin in preparation for the film he wrote/director/starred in, "The Big Night" and it contains many of his recipes. This book has more classic Italian family recipes than his later cookbook, "The Tucci Table." It includes memoirs from each of his parents, Stanley Tuc This is the cookbook that every family wishes that they compiled...all of the recipes from every relative! Stanley Tucci has recipes from his parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. In addition, he worked with Chef Gianni Scappin in preparation for the film he wrote/director/starred in, "The Big Night" and it contains many of his recipes. This book has more classic Italian family recipes than his later cookbook, "The Tucci Table." It includes memoirs from each of his parents, Stanley Tucci and Joan Tropiano Tucci. Overall, an excellent cookbook and tribute to an Italian family!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Watching Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy was global pandemic nirvana for those of us who miss traveling to this beautiful country. It was logical to then seek out more ways to keep that feeling alive. Before happening upon this show I was unaware of the depth of his roots let alone his seemingly deeper connection to cooking. The stories provided further fed my own interests. I look forward to making the family and Chef Scappin’s recipes offered here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Viktoria

    A great Italian cookbook that is a fusion of family history and the tradition of eating well. The recipes are authentic and easy to understand while Stanley Tucci is my spirit unicorn so let's be honest I wouldn't say anything bad about his cookbook. (There is a real handy section in the beginning about how to match wine to the food you're making) A great Italian cookbook that is a fusion of family history and the tradition of eating well. The recipes are authentic and easy to understand while Stanley Tucci is my spirit unicorn so let's be honest I wouldn't say anything bad about his cookbook. (There is a real handy section in the beginning about how to match wine to the food you're making)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

    Authentic Italian food is kind of intimidating to me because I always sense that Italians are very serious about their food. Stanley made it seem a lot less scary and serious, a lot more laid-back and do-able. I just wish the book had a little more style to it, although maybe they were going for a simple elegance type of cookbook. It's a hefty book with a lot of recipes, though! Authentic Italian food is kind of intimidating to me because I always sense that Italians are very serious about their food. Stanley made it seem a lot less scary and serious, a lot more laid-back and do-able. I just wish the book had a little more style to it, although maybe they were going for a simple elegance type of cookbook. It's a hefty book with a lot of recipes, though!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Crossette

    I enjoyed reading the family histories at beginning of the book. Family insights and memories included with recipes makes this a great read even if you don’t get around to cooking. Wine pairings with recipes a plus!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Interesting recipes and personal stories

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill List

    Very interesting biographical information on the authors as well as excellent recipes.

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