'The Sopranos Family Cookbook'
By: Allen Rucker & Michele Scicolone
(Hardcover / 256 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446530573 / $29.95)
In what is quite possibly the most fun of all the Sopranos-themed titles being published in time for the show's September return, this tongue-in-cheek cookbook brings homestyle Soprano family cooking to the table. Artie Bucco, the character (played by John Ventimiglia) who is the chef at the show's Vesuvio restaurant, sets the tone of this book of insider "family" secrets by explaining his family's move from Campania, Italy, to New Jersey, then turns to various Soprano characters.
This book is great, and not just because it has anything to do with one of the greatest TV shows ever, the Sopranos. This cookbook has excellent recipies! If you live in NY/NJ then you will recognize almost all of the dishes as the staples of any neighborhood Italian restaurant. If you don't live there, this is a great way to bring the taste of NY/NJ Italian cooking home to your neck of the woods! I've already made the Chicken Francais (lemon chicken) and it came out excellent. My husband is Italian and this is one of his favorite dishes that when I've tried to make it before, it never came out quite right. This came out perfect and he loved it, as did the rest of my family. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, whether or not you are a Sopranos fan (and who isn't?!). I also made manicotti, baked ziti with meatballs, chicken francese, escarole with garlic, rice balls, pasta fazool, roasted pepper salad, ricotta pie with pineapple, and braciole. Not one single flaw ... I would make all of them again and again without hesitation. Enjoy!