Taste: My Life Through Food
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 homemade 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 memories they inspired stories behind them.
Taste is a 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 for readers of Bill Buford, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Ruth Reichl — and anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.
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The actor Stanley Tucci is a famously charming man and in Taste, his belly-led memoir, he has written an utterly charming book. Happily, it is short on actorly anecdote and long on tips and recipes for the rustic pasta dishes that he grew up with as an Italian American in upstate New York, as well as the stories that underpin them.
This is an enriching book.Daily Mail
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
Tucci is an eater and a feeder, and this memoir shows how life and food intersect at every juncture, from his upbringing in Westchester, New York, to the family meals he shares with his wife and children now, with a few celebrity anecdotes thrown in for good measure. All told in Tucci's wry way, it updates the Hollywood trope that greed is good.The Times 'Books of the Year'
Tucci is a natural storyteller, with a sweet, poignant narrative that transforms the readers directly into his food world.
The writing style is classic Tucci -- witty, with a touch of wry interspersed with heart-tugging emotion.Toronto Star
It's impossible to read this without becoming ravenous!Nigella Lawson
Our relationship with fire and food has shaped us as human beings, it connects us in a unique way, to ourselves, the people we love and this beautiful planet we live on. It is a wonderful story of and told by a wonderful man through his food memories. 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
Funny, heart-breaking, fascinating and beautifully-written.Kate Mosse
Through food and scenes of family life, Stanley Tucci shares both his personal story and his celebration of all things taste. With tales from peanut butter sandwiches to lobster in Maine, with recipes from the perfect Negroni to his wife's roast potatoes, he draws us to his table. Come hungry for the food, the cocktails, the gossip and the fun. Just never, ever, cut up your spaghetti.Yotam Ottolenghi
An instant classic, Stanley Tucci's Taste is as captivating, simple, charming and 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
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.
This superb book [...]Taste enriches the reader and establishes Tucci as one of the wisest and most generous personalities of our time.
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.
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.
Reading this book will make you more attentive to the glorious — or modest — food on your table, and to the people with whom you are privileged to share it.
The Washington Post
Tucci gives us juicy behind-the-scenes intel on many of these canonical roles in his new book, the pages emitting such a warm, soul-soothing cosiness it’s basically like plonking yourself next to the man on the sofa and letting him hand-feed you a bowl of pasta. Here are some of the key things we learned.
It's not your average autobiography. Instead, it's told through Stanley's love of grub from when he was a little boy enjoying his mum's fabulous Italian cooking, to making glorious meals for the cast and crew on his film sets [...] the only problem is I guarantee you will be ravenously hungry while you read, and craving Stanley's pasta.
a deliciously funny history of Tucci food
[...] it’s not only about Tucci’s love of food; it captures the joy that he draws from cooking and sharing meals with friends. For Tucci, food is 'nothing more than everything'. My advice: don’t read this book on an empty stomach.