Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book review - The Sopranos Family Cookbook...

"The Sopranos family cookbook: As compiled by Artie Bucco"

Hardcover (208 pages)

Chapters: Introduction by Artie Bucco, Cooking the Neapolitan way, The Soprano family tradition (Corrado Soprano Jnr), Sunday dinner (Janice Soprano), Feeding my family (Carmela Soprano), Mis Cucina (Artie Bucco), Cooking for the whole famiglia (Charmaine Bucco), Rage, guilt, loneliness & food (Dr. Jennifer Melfi), My Nucci (Paul Gualtieri), Cibo D'Amore (Adriana La Cerva), Grilling - Italian style (Anthony Soprano), If I coudln't eat, I'd f***ing die (Bobby Bacala), Afterword by Artie Bucco.


I'm a BIG fan of the TV series The Sopranos, so immediately when I only saw this cook book I just had to have it :) It's great! If you are a Sopranos fan and a foodie as well, you have to have it. If you watched even only one episode you'll know that the food is an important part of their lives - they are eating something almost constantly! Lots of family parties, lots of wakes... Christmas dinners, BBQ etc. All the recipes in the book are easy to follow and with very clear instructions. You wont find ingredients that are hard to get, so all the dishes in the book will be available for you to make. The dishes I'm immediately thinking of when watching The Sopranos (mainly because they are 'family favourite and always present) are: Struffoli (p.31), Giambotta (p.42), Manicotti (p.56) or Ziti al Forno.

This book isn't a cook book as we know it. It's more a little history of The Sopranos Family and Italian/USA cooking traditions. The big appeal of this particular book is the way in which it ties into the show itself, which is visible here in the form of in-character narrations (different in each chapter) - Artie Bucco gives the history of Vesuvio's and shares a chapter of restaurant style recipes (he's also the main narrator in the book), Charmaine Bucco discusses the challenges and etiquette of professional catering before revealing some recipes that are easily prepared for a bigger crowd of guests, Adriana La Cerva gives a chapter of romantic recipes and tips for that perfect "dinner for two", Tony himself talks about Perfect grill party and Carmela about family gatherings. The chapters show characters well too, especially Janice's self-centered and artificial memories of days growing up around the Soprano family table and Uncle Junior's views (not only on food). There are many large photographs from the show as well as some letters and other family keepsakes. If you - as I - love The Sopranos... you really need to have this cookbook in your collection.

Some of the recipes I've already tried:

 
- Struffoli
Very easy to make and sooooo delicious!
But I'm warning you - it IS addictive! ;)









- Uova in purgatori (eggs in purgatory)
Quick and easy - perfect meal for lunch.






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