• Taste

  • My Life Through Food
  • By: Stanley Tucci
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,466 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Taste  By  cover art

Taste

By: Stanley Tucci
Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $13.99

Buy for $13.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Instant New York Times Best Seller

Named a Notable Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post 

From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.

Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen 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 savory recipes and into the compelling stories behind them.​ 

Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burned dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last. 

Written with Stanley’s signature wry humor, Taste is for fans of Bill Buford, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Ruth Reichl - and anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal. 

©2021 Stanley Tucci. All rights reserved (P)2021 Penguin Audio. All rights reserved.

What listeners say about Taste

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,941
  • 4 Stars
    434
  • 3 Stars
    76
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    7
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,876
  • 4 Stars
    169
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,514
  • 4 Stars
    429
  • 3 Stars
    87
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Should include a pdf of recipes

I loved the book but it would be a much better experience with a pdf of the recipes. Without it, one has to buy the book. Not a great arrangement for the reader.

69 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Rebecca B

In truth, I am only into the 4th chapter, but as I am absolutely riveted by the story craft and incandescence of Mr. Tucci’s narration here ( THAT. Voice. YES). I just wanted to jump in and encourage audible listeners and readers alike to give this charming memoir an ear. Or a read. Warning: do not listen past the dinner hour. 😉

28 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Recipe? In an audio book?

Stanley Tucci is one of the most entertaining narrators you will ever hear. And he is equally as articulate describing scenes from his life, much of those being culinary scenes. The reason I gave five stars for Performance and Story, but only four for Overall is, well, the recipes. Not that any of the recipes are bad recipes. I’m absolutely sure they are wonderful. In fact, I want them all. But it is really difficult to use the recipes in an audio book. You’d have to stop and write them down, requiring “rewinding” over and over until you’ve got the whole recipe. I only heard recipes in an audio book once before in a spy novel, which included many Russian recipes. Frankly, I was not interested in Russian cooking. But I’m entranced by Italian cuisine. And Tucci’s recipes sound incredible. So, after listening to this one, I will have to buy a hard copy of “Taste” by Stanley Tucci. And we are all happy Stan Tucci has recovers and healed after his brush with cancer.

26 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great! Reads even better when gorging on Taco Bell

Especially when you're sitting in the parking lot at 10pm hiding from your family because they stress you tf out ahahahahaha. Thanks Stanley!

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Pure delight

I have been waiting for the release of Taste ever since I discovered Mr. Tucci’s “Searching for Italy” series on CNN (you can now watch the first season on HBONow). I devoured that series and continue to watch it on repeat. Mr. Tucci’s love for food, shared experience, and just general love of life is apparent in the series and this book just feels like bonus material. If you loved that series, you will adore this book. If you haven’t seen the series, stop reading this and go watch it. Right now.

But back to the book, Mr. Tucci writes as he speaks, with effortless humor, an honest curiosity and a bit of mischief. I’ve just finished the audio version, wrapped the hardcover as a gift for my sister and ordered another hardcover for me. I am so excited to try the recipes he’s included which is why I need to own the hardcover (I wrapped mine for my sister).

It’s so nice to have the audiobook however because it feels like you’re sitting at an alfresco dinner with Mr. Tucci and he’s stirring his beloved paella and spinning tales of his childhood. It’s an evening, I would never want to end, but as he suggests, we’d need to stop at two Negronis.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Too much "F" word + political views

Why do celebrities think I want to hear their political views? I don't. While his story is interesting, I don't care for the politics nor his frequent use of the "F" word. Nuff said.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Promising, but ultimately disappointing

I was really excited to read this--and loved that Tucci himself narrated the audiobook. He's got a fantastic voice to listen to!

From a narrative/story perspective, I enjoyed the read. A few things didn't lend themselves easily to the audiobook iteration--the recipes, and several conversations presented as:
"Me: says XYZ thing
"Them: says ABC thing
"etc."

Tucci proves elsewhere he can both write and narrate conversations from a more narrative standpoint (not the back-and-forth, interview-style presentation), so I'm a little confused why it got presented and narrated this way. But, not up to me.

I'll also note that there was a _ton_ of language (particularly f-bombs), which unfortunately increased as the read went on, and got very old very quickly. Unnecessary and distracting, especially in an audiobook. And, his political views also made their way in very blatantly at times; also unnecessary and off-putting after a while. No room for dialogue, just "my way is the right way." Disappointing.

So, 3 stars as a whole and one I'll probably not revisit.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Just lovely

If you enjoyed any of his work, especially his CNN series, you must get this book. Well done, sir.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Do Not Make The Recipes in This Book!

Stanley Tucci is witty, urbane, and a terrific storyteller. He is also elitist as hell. If you can get past his rather annoying and shameless tendency to name-drop and talk about his high-end kitchen equipment, you will be in for quite a ride.

The one true caution I would give the listener is this: don't try to make the recipes. Just. Do. Not. Here's MY Taste story: The recipe for Pino Posteraro's Parmigiano Stock calls for (according to Mr. Tucci) 7 ounces of coarse sea salt, a 1 1/2 pound piece of parmesan rind, 3 bay leaves-all boiled in gently in just a quart of water for about an hour. 7 ounces of salt is 14 tablespoons. in a quart of water. This seemed very wrong to me (as an avid home cook), but I shrugged, and decided to trust a person who makes his living as a food expert, among other creative endeavors. I then proceeded to try to use this stock in the bolognese sauce on the next page. And let me tell you that all told, I ended up having to throw out $25.00 worth of parm rind, $25.00 of porcini mushrooms, and $35.00 worth of ground veal. See? Elitist. Only the best for Mr. T. I could not save that bolognese. I tried. It was so salty that it was inedible. I went back and listened to Chapter 13, which contained the stock recipe; I cross-referenced it with the print version of the book I had bought so I could make the recipes. Yep-in both versions, 7 ounces of salt.

Listen to the great stories, but I beg of you: do NOT make the recipes.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I am in love

I have fallen more in love with Stanley after listening to Taste. I have always been a fan and a bit smitten. I could listen to him all day. He is quite eloquent and super funny. I cannot wait to try some of the recipes.

2 people found this helpful