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

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Each recipe comes with a fun little story that introduces the people in Tucci's life, and makes you feel like you know them too. It made the recipes seem more personal, as though this book wasn't mass produced, but given to you as something special. There's a fair bit of humor in this book as well, which made it very easy to flip through for recipes. It's clear that this book was written in love.

Another huge hit in my home. What's not to love about a dish with bacon in it? Pancetta is basically Italian bacon. YUM! Simple and delicious. I grilled the potatoes instead of roasting them, left out the garlic and lemon, and used chives, parsley, and preserved lemon with mayo to taste.

His son Nico's Pasta with Proscuitto, Onions, Peas and Pancetta looks like a winning dish to me, and I appreciated the detailed instructions on the carbonara finish to the dish. This is a book that virtually anyone can use. There are some basic recipes for those who are new to the kitchen, and more complex dishes for those of us who have more experience with cooking. A few of the dishes that I most look forward to trying include Isabel's New York Cheesecake Ice Cream, Baked Ham with Mostarda di Frutta, and Pan-Seared Loin of Venison with Red Wine, Juniper and Quince.

Featuring 100 luscious new full-color photographs, The Tucci Table captures the true joys of family cooking. Buon appetito! The Tucci Table is a glimpse inside the private and intimate life of Stanley Tucci and the people he loves. He shares insights into family and caring that happen to be part of the food he makes and enjoys. Some of the recipes are his and some are friends and family. But what should be felt through it all is the setting of the family dinner, where food is prepared carefully and with the love that one brings to their family. These are not meals meant to impress others, these are the foods meant to bring people home. 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.

Featuring family-friendly recipes and stunning photography, an all-new cookbook from New York Times bestselling author, beloved actor, and respected foodie Stanley Tucci.

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