THE TUCCI TABLE: Cooking With Family and Friends

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I love cookbooks, especially when I think there’s a chance I can prepare something within its pages. That’s the case with Actor/Foodie, Stanley Tucci’s new cookbook, THE TUCCI TABLE: Cooking With Family and Friends(Gallery Books). This time he and his wife, British actress, Felicity Blunt are sharing their love of food and have combined recipes they’ve collected over the years. We get to meet Stanley and his beautiful wife, as well as children Isabel, Nicolo and Camilla. Inside are also 100 vibrant photographs, many dramatic photos of curated cuisine and artistic photos you’d expect to see in someone’s home.

The book is user friendly, arranged by chapters to guide you logically: equipment you will need, soups & salads, chicchetti (small plates), pasta/rice/grains, fish/seafoods, meat/fowl, sides, desserts and basics such as chicken stock and marinara sauce.

Not one to miss out on all the fun, I decided to make one of the pasta dishes, uova da ravioli – spinach ravioli. I’m not a Chef but I can follow directions and I was pretty satisfied with the way my dish turned out. And so was the special someone I shared it with. Number one rule of cooking? Sharing! I had to refer to the basics section for both the pasta dough and dessert when I made the blueberry pie. There’s no better time than now to use seasonal fresh blueberries and the recipe for the dough? DELISH! YUMMY!

That’s what I loved about using Tucci’s cookbook, it invited me to delve in. It didn’t intimidate. The recipes were complimented with warm interesting stories, so I felt as if I was sitting down to the table for a meal with family.

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Stanley Tucci preparing to assemble a pizza.
Photograph courtesy: Tony Cenicola/NYT, 2012

Thanks to http://www.netgalley.com and Gallery Books http://www.simonandschuster.com for providing a kindle copy of THE TUCCI TABLE: Cooking with Family and Friends for an honest review.
Check out my website http://www.cindyroesel.com for more reviews.

THE TUCCI TABLE: Cooking with Family and Friends will be published Tuesday, October 28th. Be sure to pre-order your copy now.

FYI: If you don’t cook, I’m sure you know someone who does. This lovely book is a great gift!

BUON APETITO!

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