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    Cucina and Famiglia : Two Italian Families Share Their Stories, Recipes, And Traditions

    Tucci, Joan T.
    Scappin, Gianni

    Morrow Cookbooks
    Published: October 6, 1999
    ISBN: 0688159028

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    Book Description
    The best Italian food is prepared and enjoyed at home. Understanding this and the profound connection between food and Italian family life, Joan Tropiano Tucci (mother of Stanley Tucci, producer and star of the food-movie hit Big Night) and chef Gianni Scappin (who coached Stanley in food-making for the film) have created Cucina and Famiglia, a celebration of multigenerational Italian home cooking. With food writer Mimi Shanley Taft, they present 200 accessible recipes for every course of an Italian meal, while providing glimpses of the family life from which they and the dishes sprang. Cooks wanting a solid repertoire of at-home Italian dishes and anyone interested in Italian food culture will welcome the book.

    Beginning with photo-illustrated portraits of the Topiano, Tucci, and Scappin families, the authors present the dishes they grew up on and still make today. Outstanding versions of familiar dishes like Bruschetta with Tomato, Fried Zucchini Fritters, Chicken Cacciatore, and Ricotta Cake are offered with "finds" such as Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese; Farfalle with Artichokes, Potatoes, and Prosciutto; Shellfish and Bean Casserole; and the film-featured Timpano Alla Big Night, a drum of ziti, salami, provolone, meatballs, and more. Each recipe is introduced by the author to whom it "belongs," and these notes are telling. (For example, Scappin writes of Angela's Pear Cake, "My Aunt Angela was like a second mother to me, and every afternoon she baked a different cake."). To savor such a past, as well as the food that accompanied it, Cucina and Famiglia is indispensable. --Arthur Boehm

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    Foreword by Stanley Tucci

    Joan Tropiano Tucci -- mother of Stanley Tucci, producer and star of the movie Big Night -- and Gianni Scappin-who taught Stanley how to cook for his performance as Secondo in Big Night -- join together to bring you over 200 of their favorite Italian family recipes. Brimming with family anecdotes and filled with easy and accessible Italian dishes, Cucina and Famiglia is a delightful peek into what it means to grow up in an Italian family.

    Feel like a member of the clan as you thumb through family photographs and enjoy recipes like Fried Zucchini Fritters, Stuffed Mushrooms, Lasagna Made with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Veal Chops Stuffed with Fontina and Prosciutto, Chicken Cacciatore, and Mamma's Little Fritters (flavored with lemon and grappa). You'll never feel so at home.

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