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Taste: My Life Through Food Hardcover – 19 October 2021
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Before Stanley Tucci became a household name with The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games, and the perfect Negroni, he grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the table. Taste is an intimate reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, NY, preparing for and filming the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love over dinner, and teaming up with his wife to create conversation-starting meals for their children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burnt dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last. Written with Stanley's signature wry humor and nostalgia, Taste is a heartwarming read for anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.
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An instant classic, Stanley Tucci's TASTE is as captivating, simple, charming and insanely moreish as the best Italian food. Take it to bed with you and you will fall asleep dreaming you're in Italy. But take it to the kitchen and you will find yourself using it as often as a pan or a peeler. ― Stephen Fry
It is as infectious as it is delicious, as funny as it is insightful. The only reason to put this book down, is to go cook and eat from it' ― Heston Blumenthal
A delicious story of appetite, family and pasta. A serious amount of pasta. In this gloriously written memoir, the ever tasteful Stanley Tucci invites us to his table and feeds us all the good stuff. ― Jay Rayner
This is a book I shall have in my kitchen, by the bed and in my suitcase whenever I travel to Italy. I plan to buy at least three for myself and my friends, and suggest you do too. ― Ruth Rogers, The River Cafe
Funny, heart-breaking, fascinating, intimate and beautifully-written ― Kate Mosse, author of 'An Extra Pair of Hands'
This superb book...Taste enriches the reader and establishes Tucci as one of the wisest and most generous personalities of our time. ― Roger Lewis, Daily Mail
The man, the myth, The Devil Wears Prada legend Stanley Tucci has blessed our hungry souls with a food memoir to feed our mounting appetite for the actor and cook's wit, warmth and, let's face it: tight polo shirts. He divulges some of his most treasured memories and stories behind favourite recipes - prepare to feel bereaved when it's over. ― Joanna Taylor, Evening Standard
Tucci, as all the world knows by now, likes to eat and drink...his memoir, however, takes his passion to another level...The world needs more men like this ― Rachel Cooke, The Observer
Luscious feast of stories ― i
He writes as if the reader were sitting as a guest at his table regaling them with memories from his childhood, life and work, and richly describing the meals that underpinned them ― Christian Bishop, New Statesman
A brilliant food-led memoir from the all-round gem, Stanley Tucci. It's a love letter to food and a life lived in the pursuit of the good things. ― Author of 'One Pot, Pan, Planet'
Taste confirmed my impressions of Tucci: he really would be a dream dinner party host; he really does know about food, and cares deeply about its connective role in family and community. His zestful celebration of cultural heritage and culinary creativity reminds us to savour la dolce vita ― Madeleine Feeny, Evening Standard
A divine celebration of food, Italy and life, this joyous memoir from the popular actor is a real treat. ― Woman & Home
It's heaven ― Sophie Dahl, author of Madame Badobedah
I loved it ― Zoe Ball
I read it through the night. Food memoirs are tough to pull off, but Tucci's has the essentials: honesty, humour, humility and real acquired knowledge...I want the sequel ― Rose Prince for the Spectator
About the Author
His memoir Taste- My Life Through Food is published by Fig Tree. He is also author of two cookbooks, The Tucci Table and The Tucci Cookbook.
- Publisher : Fig Tree; 1st edition (19 October 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241500990
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241500996
- Dimensions : 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My life through food.
Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games. George Harvey, a neighbourhood serial killer in The Lovely Bones and Dr Abraham Erskine in Captain America. These are just three of the many roles that Mr Tucci has played in his career. But it is his most recent role that has got people talking, and with good reason. Meet Stanley Tucci, author.
While Stanley has written cookery books in the past, now we have been gifted “Taste: My Life Through Food. Now is this another cookery book or is it a memoir? That’s what you’re thinking isn’t it. Well, my friends it is a memoir. But where an author usually illustrates his work through the medium of photos, our author here, demonstrates his work by sharing the recipes that have helped to shape the man that he has become.
Taste is exactly what it says on the cover, it’s Stanley’s life through food. One thing I noted and loved was how the writing is bookended beautifully by conversations. At the start, Stanley and his mother, as we learn they are watching a cookery show as Stanley’s mother makes him a sandwich. At the end of the book, Stanley is the parent making his child a sandwich. Of course, this is a beautiful demonstration of the circle of life.
Taste tells the story of Stanley, from how his father was always the genial host of guests arriving to their house all the way through to how food shaped the man he became. Stanley tells of acting and finding local eateries near the sets. Eateries that became regular places that spawned friendships lasting to this day. Eateries that gifted Stanley, and by virtue of this book us, all the recipes he has gathered through the years.
As someone who has had a cancer diagnosis myself, I can say with certainty, that to hear that word is like your own personal horror story. Taste tells Stanley’s story. Taste tells of a man with cancer who struggles to eat and needs a feeding tube. Taste tells of man who very literally, can’t taste. Taste tells of a man who loves to cook but due to the treatments needed, lacks the will and energy to get down to the kitchen due to his condition. But we must remember, it also shares his recovery. It shares the friends that stepped up when the Tucci world was falling apart.
Taste is a beautifully written memoir. It’s written with a clarity and honesty that sometimes can be dusted over in other memoirs. It’s written with respect to the people that Stanley knows and the lives that have touched his. The recipes are shared and almost like the fingerprint of those he has come into contact with. Taste honours the people he’s met, the places he has been, the work he has done and most of all, it honours his family.
All I need now is my glass of rose, with Stanley teaching me how to cook Italian….
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Stan cites Julia Childs and my hero Keith Floyd ,, the man who invented the slurp as you cooked.
But , most of all its family and his heritage that is the central core of this fabulous book.
Read at your peril because you be motivated to be at your kitchen table cutting and cooking before you know !! Thanks Stan.