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

©2021 Stanley Tucci (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Simply Delicious!

Stanley Gucci’s autobiographical love letter to La Dolce Vita overflows with warmth and a soul-deep passion for the many and varied pleasures of the table.
A must-listen for experienced foodies and aspirant epicureans alike. A feel-good antidote to these uncertain times, the heady cocktail of Tucci’s agile prose and characteristic dry humour make every chapter a delight. Highly recommended!

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  • Cozzer
  • 10-10-21

As good as you'd hoped it would be

Have long admired the actor. Am now loving the writer. Bravo Mr Tucci, this is a wonderfully written culinary autobiography. Sobering towards the end but with the best possible outcome

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  • maz21
  • 12-02-21

Loved it

I loved it so much I started from the beginning again as soon as I finished it. I always loved Stanley Tucci as an actor and wasn't disappointed to hear his book. I'm now a bigger fan than I already was.

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  • Katherine Dodd
  • 12-01-21

Sublime Stanley

I didn’t want this to end and could listen to him to days. Do yourself a favour and get this book!

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  • Claire
  • 11-24-21

Taste

An entertaining and amusing book beautifully read by the author, I would highly recommend it. The reader learns so much about the enjoyment of food in its preparation and consumption amongst family and friends over generations.

Quite an inspiration.

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  • Richard Gallagher
  • 11-23-21

Utterly palatable

Beautifully written and performed book.
Such an Insightful and touching walk down memory lane through the tastes and smells of a life in love with family, friends and food.

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  • sallymac65
  • 11-22-21

A fabulous book, highly recommended

I purchased this book after seeing it written up in one of the Sunday papers. Ii was not disappointed. This really is a fabulous book. Im a great fan of Stanley Tucci as an actor but had no idea of his culinary talent at all. The recipes he gives in the book are provided with such warmth and always a great story to accompany them. It is a very touching book written about his family and the trials that a lot of us face, the passing of a loved one is hard for anyone, however he tells his story so well. An incredible man, his book so made me smile so many times. Highly recommended. Particularly as the author reads it, it couldnt be anyone else.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-21

Wonderfully tasty

What a wonderfully written and read book. Most had me salivating the way through. 😋. I’m now going to go find “ Searching for Italy”

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-14-21

A fantastic book

Extremely entertaining packed with humour and wonderful stories and of course recipes from around the globe.

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  • NicJ
  • 11-13-21

Absolutely Superb

If I could give Stanley Tucci’s Taste 6 stars, I would. I absolutely loved it.

A (mainly) light romp through Stanley Tucci’s life focused on his love/obsession/appreciation of food. The book is laugh out loud funny, insightful and hugely warm. Plus a couple of great tales involving Meryl Streep.

I listened to the audiobook and I cannot recommend this route more highly. It is narrated by Stanley Tucci and he brings with it a superb delivery and wit.

If you look food and/or Stanley Tucci, this one is for you.

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  • juho kojima
  • 10-30-21

Was looking forward to this...

I Found Tucci`s "foodie" videos a while back and really love them, but in this book he comes across as a complete snob. His telling a story of his "humble life", although it does not sound that humble. Tucci reads the book in way that`s saying I am better than you and I know it. His reading of this book sounds just tired.

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  • sdsouza
  • 11-05-21

Witty, endearing and moving!

Hearing Stanley Tucci talk about his life through food made me feel hungry and full at the same time. As a long time fan of his movies, it was no surprise that he is also a brilliant human being. I really enjoyed this book and am gifting it to many friends this Christmas.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-21

Totally tasteful.

I wasn't sure when commencing listening to this book how it would turn out. Would it just be a memoir of family events? A personal selection of family recipes? Perhaps a series of dialogues peppered by notes of some moderate interest? On all counts I was completely wrong. This book was a mouth watering collection of beautifully woven stories involving Stanley's family, his work, his illness, his passion for food and his joie de vivre bonded by all of the aforementioned. I salivate as I write this review recalling his delicious recipes. I only wish that I had stopped my drive and written them down. Perhaps in the future he may consider a collection of his favourite recipes. His articulate and melodic voice just added to the experience.

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  • Adelina Pagliocca
  • 10-23-21

I didn’t want this book to ever end.

Stanley Tucci walking me through his life of food took me right back to my Italian upbringing his wonderful descriptions made me smile and nod in recognition. I could almost taste the food he described at times. I absolutely loved it. Every single word of this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Utterly delightful

loved it. have already looked up some of those gorgeous recipes. The performance is perfect, engaging and warm.

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  • Belinda Shanahan
  • 01-02-22

Brilliant!

Absolutely bloody brilliant. Loved every minute of it all and will be very happily diving into the recipes throughout this year and bringing them to life in my kitchen. Can’t wait.

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  • Tinkerelle
  • 01-02-22

Deliciously Entertaining

Mr Tucci is a wonderfully effortless story teller, who keeps you entertained from the very first chapter. The way he links memories/experiences to food, draws you right in, and makes you want to "have what he's having", whi he you often can, as recipes are included! An absolute delight.

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  • AM
  • 12-27-21

loved this book.

great yarn and some great sounding receipes...I'll have to go back and bookmark them all👏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-21

Utterly Charming

Stanley Tucci is as charismatic an audiobook reader as an actor. The story is beautiful and lovingly told. I want to eat every dish he described, and then talk to Stanley about it.

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  • Katie Wyatt
  • 11-21-21

Exquisite food journey

Absolutely loved this. Stanley Tucci is an exquisite narrator and story teller. Warning: you will need an Italian feast and a martini afterwards.

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  • stephen
  • 11-14-21

Oh Stanley!

Such an enjoyable book, Takes you places, gives fabulous recipes and entertains. I feel I am part of the family albeit sitting on the edges. Have even dug out my copy of "Big Night" to rewatch after all these years.