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The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci: Cooking with Family and Friends

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The series concludes in Sicily, where he finds Michelin-starred chef Tony Lo Coco, winemaker Ariana Occhipinti, and Princess Stefania di Raffadali in Palermo. He then travels hundreds of miles to the island of Lampedusa for sardines before arriving near the base of Mount Etna for a few more meals. Ingredients: canned tomatoes; basil; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; pine nuts; milk; nutmeg; ziti pasta Growing up, I remember watching movies with the bald guy with the glasses who looked super smart. As I started to select genres that I liked and prefered as one does with age, I was still able to find him in even the strangest of movie selections- of the top of my head, He was reassuring as the doctor in a movie I found utterly boring: The First Avenger, Captain America. He was the reassuring Head designer in that cult classic The Devil Wears Prada. He was frightening in a quiet and menacing way in The lovely Bones and for a while I was hesitant to watch anything else he was in - the mark of a great actor.

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During Felicity’s first summer in New York, we planted a vegetable garden together. We made almost daily runs to the nursery to buy topsoil, compost, and manure to enrich the soil. Too much manure, it turned out, because everything tasted like sh*t. The only vegetables that flourished were the tomatoes. Having achieved the proper balance, our garden in London has successfully yielded zucchini, spring onions, runner beans, and, of course, tomatoes. We are still working on the lettuce.” Food can bind and govern a family and no one knows this more than Hollywood actor and respected foodie, Stanley Tucci. Throughout his childhood, family and food were inseparable and cooking was always a familial venture evoking a wealth of memories and traditions. Featuring family-friendly dishes and stunning photography THE TUCCI TABLE will captivate food lovers' imaginations with recipes from Stanley's traditional Italian roots as well as those of his British wife, Felicity Blunt. Each dish is introduced by Stanley and he offers an insight into why each recipe is so special to his family. Recipes include Pasta Al Forno, Roasted Sea bass, Pan Seared Venison and even British classics such as Shepherd's Pie and Sausage Rolls, there is something to please everyone and bring the whole family together. THE TUCCI TABLE captures the true joys of family cooking. Plus it was nice to read some of Stanley's thoughts in the book about family and food. His wife also added a few words here and there, and it personalized the cooking even more. But if you think that a cookbook with a celebrity name attached to it is all that The Tucci Table is then you are about to be wonderfully surprised. The book is heavy on Italian food, naturally, and I am tempted to try his Polenta Fries, which Tucci calls a great alternative to French fries. They look delicious.I’ll have to say, my favorite part of the entire cookbook was the stories. Mr. Tucci has a wonderful way of expressing himself as he interweaves stories into each recipe’s introduction. In Lombardy, he enjoys the recipes of the Missoni family, glides through a Milanese aperitivo hour, fishes on Lake Como, and meets an Alpine cheesemaker to taste ancient Bitto. Finally, he reunites with his wife, Felicity Blunt, at an osteria that was once the headquarters for the rail workers’ union. Decades later, Tucci is still no stranger to professional kitchens. Dropping in on chefs in Italy, like Tony Lo Coco (I Pupi, Sicily), Sarah Cicolini (Santo Palato, Rome), and Fabio Picchi (Cibrèo, Florence), was one of the joys of making the series. “You have to know how to stay out of the way,” he says with a reverence that recognizes the demanding nature of restaurant work. “That’s what is really important. And be deferential and know what they’re doing. It’s almost like you’re walking on stage while a play is going on.” Tucci was comfortable filming in Italian restaurants. However, he admits, “It doesn’t matter if the chef cooked it 40,000 times... You’re supposed to turn it out perfectly every time, no matter what the circumstances are. And those circumstances change at any given night and at any given moment. And that is the most terrifying and exciting thing about being in a kitchen and being a chef.”

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The book is divided by course for easy navigation. In addition to anecdotes about Tucci's family, these recipes are paired with tips on how to store these dishes, how to make them better, or how to work with substitutions in a pinch. I really appreciated that for some of the more difficult recipes that step by step photos were included. The photography in this book is lovely, and while there's not a picture for every recipe, there are a lot of photographs. Tucci formatted the book so that the directions come first, then the ingredients, which may confuse some people. This is a book for confident cooks, more casual cooks who like to go more by instinct than exact measurements. (See glug of olive oil, above) Ingredients: fettuccine pasta; onions; shallots; pancetta; prosciutto; frozen peas; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; parsley Tucci’s latest creation, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, is a CNN Original Series documentary, and unsurprisingly, it’s all about Italian food. In the new series, Tucci eats his way through several of Italy’s 20 regions. In six episodes, shot before and during the pandemic, he travels to Tuscany, Lombardy, Sicily, Rome, Bologna, and Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Tucci, also the executive producer, pitched the idea to CNN.

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Our servers are getting hit pretty hard right now. To continue shopping, enter the characters as they are shown This was a beautiful book that captures the magic of eating together as a celebration of what we mean to one another in the sharing a meal. Stanley Tucci says it best:

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Featuring 100 luscious new full-color photographs, The Tucci Table captures the true joys of family cooking. Buon apetito! I have to say, I was expecting a cookbook filled with fantastic Italian food, given that Tucci is Italian (at least, I think he is). What this cookbook is, however, is a book of Tucci's family recipes... stuff they eat for breakfast, their favorite hors d'oeuvres, etc., and also the recipes of some of his celebrity friends. Stanley Tucci’s association with wonderful foods began for fans with the movie Big Night and resonated in his role as Julia Child’s husband in Julie & Julia. But well before these films, he was enjoying innovative homemade Italian meals throughout his childhood, when family and food were nearly inseparable and cooking was always a familial venture.In Campania with Enzo Coccia, world-renowned pizzaiolo and advocate for authentic Neapolitan pizza (photo courtesy of RAW CNN)

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He is also a Sunday Times bestselling author with his memoir, TASTE: MY LIFE THROUGH FOOD, published in October 2021 by Fig Tree. The recipes are carefully written so that they can be followed easily. But more than the food, there is a strong and powerful sense of family throughout.Ingredients: celery; carrots; onions; pancetta; ground beef; red wine; thyme; canned tomatoes; milk; long pasta of your choice; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

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