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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (Oct. 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451661258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451661255
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son was very happy to receive this book , I was disappointed in the way it was
shipped it was left at my side door which we never use in the winter and no note was
left in the mail box so it was outside for days in a cardboard box , it had rained & snowed so I had to dry the pages with my blowdryer and put a weight on top of the
book to try to get the pages back to somewhat normal. I don't think I will order again
in the winter because of this fact.
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By dda on Sept. 6 2013
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I love this cookbook. My husband is Italian and I kept trying to make sauce the way his mother did. I had been shown before, but the recipe "Tropiano Ragu Sauce" was a perfect and easy to follow. He loved and said how much it tasted like his mothers. Thank you Stanley Tucci for this cookbook.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Blanchette on Dec 14 2012
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More than a cookbook, we get insight into the Tucci family history. Reads like a novel. Great Christmas gift for anybody who likes food.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 8 2012
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This book has a beautiful cover with raised lettering. The photos of Stanley Tucci are nice. But there are few pictures of
the recipes. One recipe "drum of ziti and great stuff" also called "timpano allo big night" has 4 photos of Stanley preparing this dish....but I can't see anything in the photo that actually shows the food. This is the dish that caught my interest and I will be making it soon. I have looked it up on the Internet and it seems quite popular.
I'm a little bit disappointed in the recipes. Some are too basic. For eg. "Ziti with broccoli" - is just that, with some olive oil. garlic and pepper. Others are not for everyone's taste. I would never eat "eggs with peppers". or "eggs with tomato" The breads look interesting. There are a lot of vegetable, fish and seafood recipes.
The small print on the cover says "Recipes previously published in Cucina and Famiglia", so these are not new recipes. That is a book written by Stanley's mother. It gets excellent reviews, but seems to be quite expensive. "The Tucci Cookbook" is a reasonable price.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Mouth-Watering Recipes and Beautiful Food Photography Oct. 11 2012
By Jill Tamari - Published on
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I've been a huge fan of Stanley Tucci since his turn as Julia Child's husband in Julie & Julia, and I was so excited to see him share his love of food, cooking, and his Italian heritage in this gorgeous cookbook. The recipes range from Italian food staples like lasagne to less traditional family favorites like poached pears, and all are accompanied by charming personal stories and easy to follow directions and wine pairings. And the food photography is just gorgeous -- I highly recommend to foodies and Tucci fans alike!
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I am biased, as Stanley is my cousin. However the cookbook is awesome. Nov. 29 2012
By Dino Rachiele - Published on
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Being a very busy business owner, I love the simple recipes and awesome photography. Many of the recipes are what I grew up with growing up in this family. Many of the recipes remind me of the wonderful past days when we all used to get together for Christmas. We had such a rich and loving environment. Rich in the sense of culture and tradition, some of which is passed on in this cookbook.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best Italian Cookbook Ever! Oct. 11 2012
By Jen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Forget about the fact that this cookbook is by a celebrity that we all LOVE...

This is one of the best Italian cookbooks I've ever bought (and I own an entire collection). Stanley Tucci's recipes are simple yet creative. He dedicates the book to his family (and ours!) and it couldn't be more appropriate. Filled with memories and flavors, this is a cookbook that not only celebrates Italian food but family! Trust me, you'll want to plan a dinner party the moment you crack open the spine. I'm going to buy a copy for everyone on my Christmas list!

Buon Appetito!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Delicious recipes! Oct. 11 2012
By Susan - Published on
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This book is beyond helpful in the kitchen and a staple that everyone should have -- if you can cook or not. Some recipes are fast and easy and they allow you to be creative in the smallest of spaces. I highly suggest this book to anyone. Delicious foods, great ideas for any dinner party (or even dinner home for a smaller group).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A behemoth of a book... Dec 4 2012
By I. Darren - Published on
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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.

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