Taste: My Life Through Food Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.
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. He shared the magic of those meals with us in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table, and now he takes us beyond the recipes and into the stories behind them.
Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, New York, 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 humour and nostalgia, Taste is a heartwarming story that will be irresistible for anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 49 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 October 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 135 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Italian Food
1 in Cooking
2 in Biographies of Culinary Professionals (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….
My 4.3 was due to (in my opinion) a couple slow points in the story.
Now I am going to try some of his recipes and hopefully channel some of his love into an edible dish of food. My apologies in advance to Mr Tucci; the state of deliciousness will be in my inability to throw caution to the wind, confidence and to just let love flow. Hoping for the best.
Top reviews from other countries
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.