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Taste: The Sunday Times Bestseller Hardcover – 7 Oct. 2021

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It's impossible to read this without becoming ravenous!Nigella Lawson

An instant classic, Stanley Tucci's TASTE is as captivating, simple, charming and insanely 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

brilliant food-led memoir from the all-round gem, Stanley Tucci. It's a love letter to food and a life lived in the pursuit of the good things.Anna Jones, Author of 'One Pot, Pan, Planet'

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

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. ― Jay Rayner

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.Ruth Rogers, The River Cafe

Funny, heart-breaking, fascinating, intimate and beautifully-writtenKate Mosse, author of 'An Extra Pair of Hands'

superb book...Taste enriches the reader and establishes Tucci as one of the wisest and most generous personalities of our time. ― Roger Lewis, Daily Mail

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. ― Joanna Taylor, Evening Standard

Makes you want to draw up a chair at their kitchen table, be part of their family, dive in and eat the food ―
Delicious, on ‘The Tucci Table’

A love letter to his Italian culinary heritage, his wife's classic English cooking, and all the people who matter most in their lives ―
The Times, on ‘The Tucci Table’

Tucci, as all the world knows by now, likes to eat and drink...his
memoir, however, takes his passion to another level...The world needs more men like this ― Rachel Cooke, The Observer

Luscious feast of storiesi

He writes as if the reader were sitting as
a guest at his table regaling them with memories from his childhood, life and work, and richly describing the meals that underpinned themChristian Bishop, New Statesman

Taste confirmed my impressions of Tucci: he really would be a dream dinner party host; he really does know about food, and cares deeply about its connective role in family and community. His zestful celebration of cultural heritage and culinary creativity reminds us to savour la dolce vitaMadeleine Feeny, Evening Standard

A divine celebration of food, Italy and life, this joyous memoir from the popular actor is a real treat. Woman & Home

It's heavenSophie Dahl, author of Madame Badobedah

I loved it Zoe Ball

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 sequelRose Prince for the Spectator

Funny and heartwarmingGQ

Moving, funny and greedy...If food is everything to you, you'll love itDiana Henry, Sunday Telegraph

This is an enriching bookDaily Mail

His descriptions of the
Italian food he grew up with, woven through with family stories and the recipes he's encountered on his travels, will leave you hungry - and in no doubt that this is a man who knows both how to eat and how to liveGuardian

The celebrated actor, director and producer, who grew up around the table of his Italian-American family, has written a delicious foodie memoir. It's an intimate reflection on the intersection between food and life, filled with anecdotes about his childhood, his roles in foodie films
Julie & Julia and Big Night, and the conversation starting meals he and hiswife make for their children ― Irish Daily Mirror

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'It's impossible to read this without becoming ravenous!' -- Nigella Lawson

'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

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 read that will be irresistible for anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fig Tree; 1st edition (7 Oct. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241500990
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241500996
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
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Stanley Tucci is an actor, writer, director, and producer. He has directed five films and appeared in over seventy films, countless television shows, and a dozen plays on and off Broadway. He has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Tony, and a spoken word Grammy; is a winner of two Golden Globes and two Emmys; and has received numerous other critical and professional awards and accolades.

A lover of all things culinary Stanley wrote and directed Big Night, the critically acclaimed movie about two brothers running a failing restaurant, starred in Julie and Julia and is the host of Emmy nominated Searching for Italy. He is also pretty adept with a cocktail shaker.

He is the author of Taste: My Life Through Food and two cookbooks, The Tucci Table and The Tucci Cookbook.

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