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Taste: My Life Through Food | Stanley Tucci
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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, NY, 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 Stanleys signature wry humor and nostalgia, Taste is for readers of Bill Buford, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Ruth Reichland anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/qfSoptClOio

Enjoy!

Smrloomis I loved this book. It was (for me at least an unexpected) gem! 2mo
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

Finished Taste
Continued Don Quixote and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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Librarybelle On my to read list! 3mo
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#weeklyforecast

Try to finish tagged, continue other 2.

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TieDyeDude
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1. For the most part, I do a smoothie for breakfast and a salad for lunch, so I guess dinner for the variety? :)

2. Taste by Stanley Tucci. I don't really have an emotional attachment to food, so stories that involve food don't interest me much, but I liked the way Tucci interwove the food and recipes into his life, and the revelation of how his relationship with food changed.

#two4tuesday @thespineview

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!😍🍽 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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#BookBinge

I decided to make the #CelebMemoir prompt become the #Celeb(Chef)Memoir 👩🏻‍🍳🤍 Here are some favorites by celebrity chefs & food personalities. The tagged book is my favorite on audio book.🎧

TheBookHippie So many favorites !!! I LOVED the tagged book. 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I have read and enjoyed a few of these. Jacques and Julia are all time faves! 7mo
Eggs Great collage and collection! 7mo
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Leftcoastzen Lovely collection! 7mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie I love Stanley Tucci ANYTHING!!! 🤣😍🤗 7mo
Tea_and_Starstuff I've enjoyed a lot of these! Garlic and Sapphires was a stand out to me - this inspires me to find more chef memoirs! 7mo
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JenDR I binged listened to this book the other week. Loved it. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👨🏻‍🦲📚👍🏻 9mo
Eggs @JenDR 🙌🏻🙌🏻 9mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🫶🏻🥰👍🏼 9mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Incredibly approachable, nigh breezy glance at a person's life, as accompaniment to a passionate look at the food prepared, encountered and eaten in that life.
Includes recipes, admonishments on best/true versions/pairings of certain dishes, especially heritage Italian, and lamentations of vanished eateries and suppliers. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality It manages to escape the 'mourning for the good old days/they don't make 'em like they used to' cranky old guy vibes because so many good food traditions are preserved and discussed, and there are snippets of wry humility about where sentiment trumped tastebuds (i.e. it wasn't actually good/nutritious, but it was tradition).
Review of catering/craft services on film sets in different countries was particularly fun. 2/?
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Robotswithpersonality "that fucking timpano" ?
So happy to see in anecdotes told how clear it is he's been blessed to be lucky in love twice, and made good friends besides. Also, openly left-leaning politics/ethics is such a comfort to see in what is emerging as the 'older generation'.
A chatty bit of fun, with heart. 3/4
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Robotswithpersonality ⚠️cancer diagnoses, details of treatment and recovery; FYI: For fellow vegans, Tucci is most certainly an omnivore, and the slaughter and preparation of animals for consumption is part of the text 🫣 4/4 10mo
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Kept peeking at these end papers the whole time I was reading the book. Discovered a real love for a sketchy line style with blurred/watercolour tinting - I think the Descender/Ascender graphic novel series art is what started it.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Okay, thanks to media, I have heard of nuts offered in places that usually focus on serving beer, but can someone more versed in alcohol consumption confirm whether they've ever heard of 'free hard-boiled eggs' as an accompaniment? Is there a 'drinkers don't get drunk as fast' conspiracy around having a protein available at the bar? Does food science back this up?! 🤔

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Suffice to say Stanley has a bit of a thing for cheese. 🧀😳

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🥶😏 Foreigner's gullibility: That multi-syllabic name seems long enough to contain that sentiment!

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Here's to the preservation of historical (structurally safe) architecture and (tolerant, useful) institutions.

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Oh, boy, I can't believe I've never done this. Definitely trying it with the first cobs of the season. 🌽🤤

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Oh yes, please. I will take more puns, thank you. ☺️

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 😍 11mo
lynneamch Love this guy. Just watched him today on an episode of Ina Garten's Be My Guest. 11mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @lynneamch 🙌🏻🍽️👍🏼 11mo
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Couple of updates - finally finished the Stanley Tucci book as part of #auldlangaspine @JenReadsAlot - it was really good - and made me want to visit all those restaurants and even want to cook (and I‘m not a cook lll!)
Also the #lmpbc #groupw book is coming back to you at @BookBosomed1 - sorry it‘s so late but it was mailed today. I enjoyed our round this time @julieclair @Deblovestoread

JenReadsAlot So glad you enjoyed that one! I listened to it but tempted to get the book for the recipes! 12mo
julieclair I loved our LMPBC Winter round, too! @DebLovesToRead @BookBosomed1 The Winter Ghosts (which I loved!) will be on its way back to you next week, @Jerdencon . I‘m out of the country until Sunday. 12mo
BookBosomed1 No problem. I‘m late this time, too. 12mo
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Dragon
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Loved this audiobook! Stanley Tucci is fabulous reading this wonderful book about the importance of food in his life. From his childhood home in the US to his varied film locations and his new home in the UK , Stanley takes us on a culinary adventure. I got so hungry listening to him read recipes. ( the drawback of an audiobook is not being able to go back and drool over the recipes) I‘m so glad I watched his CNN series on the plane - it inspired

WorldsOkayestStepMom I almost borrowed this one on Libby yesterday! I'll have to go back and add it to my TBR. 13mo
RebelReader I read this, but wish I had done the audio! I could still hear his voice as I was reading it though. 13mo
Dragon Thanks @WorldsOkayestStepMom and @RebelReader he has a great delivery - You can hear how much he enjoys sharing food and anecdotes 💚🐉 12mo
lynneamch Loved it. I heard CNN is not renewing another season, but he said he'll find another network for more. I hope so. 12mo
Dragon Thanks @lynneamch sorry to hear it wasn‘t renewed- hope he finds another platform- he could do a UK orUS 12mo
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Mehso-so

I have tried a few times, and food-based stories just don't appeal to me. I adore Mr. Tucci, and he is a wonderful narrator, but I just wasn't invested in his relationship with food *spoiler* if he had used the last chapter first, explaining how his recent health issues led him to be more introspective of his history with food, I might have been more interested. For what it is, it is probably great, but it is just not a genre I enjoy 🤷

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Delightful and delicious.

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Eggs
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I love Tucci‘s voice and his acting! This was fun. Cooking and food is a strong theme of his life, and he‘s been surrounded by good cooks all the way through. Recipes included. I dare you to read this without having a major salivary response

Day 6: #Sharreadathon @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#Pantone2023 @Clwojick

Clwojick Great matches! 13mo
dabbe I just adored him in The Devil Wears Prada. He's scrumptious all by himself! 🤣❣️🤣 13mo
Eggs @Clwojick Thank You 😊 13mo
Eggs @dabbe He is one of a kind! 13mo
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Another #auldlangspine #bookspin completion. I love when memoirs are read by the memoirist in the audio edition. Tucci is a velvety and funny reader. He tells delicious and emotional stories. And he apologizes for dropping all those names — he‘ll pick them up later. 🤣🤣🍝🍷🥗🥖

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
Amandajoy I love him as an actor & the book made me love him more! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 13mo
mrsmarch @Amandajoy It was on my radar earlier and @Pinkmeghan recommended it to me as a read, so I‘m glad I had this sign to prioritize it — and an Audible credit! 13mo
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Laughterhp
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Second book finished for #ALSpine! Loved this book. I definitely would have loved it more if I could eat half the dishes he discussed. I had no idea he had cancer or much about his life.

Loved his stories and how he related it all to food and drinks. I might get the print from the library to get some of the recipes and see if I can make them gluten free. Because they sounded delicious!

Second nonfiction book finished in 2023. #jumpstart2023

Clwojick Oooo I love nonfiction books about food and cooking. Might have to add this to my #Foodie2023 TBR ❤️ 14mo
DebinHawaii I am so glad you enjoyed it! 🎉 I maintain Stanley Tucci is a National Treasure! @Clwojick Yes! I highly recommend it! 🍽 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
Chelsea.Poole Just this last week and I love him!! (edited) 14mo
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Stanley Tucci, will you marry me!? Ugh, this man is an absolute DREAM! He‘s funny, self-deprecating, HOT, intelligent, and most importantly THE MAN CAN COOK! 🍝 I dream of Italian vacations with authentic cuisine and this book fed (😉) my imagination. Foodies, this one is for you! Tucci‘s life experiences, as told through food. Beginning with his childhood, through movie sets, and even into quarantine in 2020. He also survived oral cancer. Love!!

Chelsea.Poole I know it‘s not always possible, and I‘m a lucky duck when it comes to accessing books in multiple formats…but if possible I recommend listening to the audiobook but also having a physical copy on-hand for the excellent recipes sprinkled throughout. 14mo
KathyWheeler I listened to it and that was great, but I‘m considering getting it in print for the recipes. 14mo
vivastory I don't necessarily consider myself a foodie, but Italian food is my favorite & the videos of him preparing mixed drinks during lockdown were some of the best online content at the time. I'm planning on incorporating more nf audio this year, will definitely add to my list. 14mo
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mrp27 I need to read this. I love his Searching for Italy show on CNN. 14mo
squirrelbrain I loved this book! (And his show too @mrp27) 14mo
peaKnit I listened to this one because I agree, such a classy guy! I also borrowed the physical book from the library to write down some recipes. 14mo
dabbe I rewatch THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA just to see Mr. T in action. Sigh. 14mo
Hooked_on_books I had no interest in this book until I heard him talk about it on a podcast. Then I listened to it and it‘s so good, I made my mom listen to it, too! Wonderful book! 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @KathyWheeler @peaknit most of the recipes are pretty simple, as long as you have good ingredients, but a few are outrageous, like that big dough covered pasta, boiled egg thing which I forgot the name of right now and not close to the book to find it 😆 I googled that and whoa! 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @vivastory Italian is also my favorite…I was literally salivating listening to this lol. I think this is a good one to add as an audio for the year ☺️ 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @mrp27 @squirrelbrain @dabbe I haven‘t seen his cnn show, and I didn‘t pay enough attention to him years ago in Devil Wears Prada, but now I want to watch him in everything! 😍 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books yes! I have been pushing this one back for awhile in my holds on Libby but finally borrowed it and I have already forced it upon 3 other listeners! 14mo
peaKnit Agree! I don‘t think I‘ll be making Ragu or the dough thing for sure lol! A simple sauce with good canned tomatoes was a treat! 14mo
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Catching up on #12booksof2022. Day 1. In January, I listened to this & really enjoyed it. The last couple of hours got me partly through a trip from work to home in the snow that took 3 times as long as normal. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Such things are memories made of, I hate snow. 14mo
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AvidReader25
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I just reread this, and loved it even more the second time. I took closer note of some of his tips and recipes, and just enjoyed the glorious descriptions of food along with his dry wit.

Tamra Fabulous baking! 1y
batsy I just want to dig in! 😋 1y
AvidReader25 @Tamra @batsy cold weather calls for chicken pot pie! 😊 1y
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LeahBergen That looks amazing! 1y
BkClubCare You didn‘t tag me to make sure I admired this beauty? 😁🤩 Gorgeous pie!! 1y
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare I legit thought that Care would be so proud of me with this pie! 🤣 1y
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Bookwormjillk
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Listened to this while making all sorts of goodies today. Even though he read the text himself this probably would have been better in print so I could see the recipes.

DebinHawaii I loved listening to it but I got the e-book too for the recipes. 1y
LeahBergen Cute cookies! 1y
tyoung2058 The wife and i made cookies Saturday. For some crazy reason i found the way she handled the dough extremely sexy🤣🤣🤣🤣 1y
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mamareading
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This book was delightful. I switched between audio and library book. Stanley reads the audio and it‘s well done. I enjoyed hearing his story and learning new recipes. My family is going to have to endure my new obsession with Italian recipes!

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Itchyfeetreader
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It‘s taken me a while to get through this (my #booked22 pick for with a recipe - I‘m seriously behind!) pacing was a bit hit and miss for me but loved this food led autobiography overall. Recipes, film gossip and a step through so many great restaurants made it a good read

Cinfhen Yay!!! I heard this was fantastic 1y
charl08 I am enjoying his Italy series - such a welcome positive thing. 1y
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Aimeesue
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Guess I was hungry while browsing the thrift store today? 😁
I stop in once a week, mostly to look for textiles and wool for arty projects (but I‘m also a down blanket magnet and find one almost every time I go thrifting. Maybe ducks are haunting me?) Everyone in my family now owns a down throw.
At any rate, food was obviously on my mind today.

jlhammar Great finds! 1y
Aimeesue @jlhammar I help run a book sale where we sort the donated books every week - and I can borrow/read/return whatever i want from there, so I don't usually check the thrift stores. I need to go back to not checking or read waaaaaay faster or I will have no space left in my house. 😂 1y
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squirrelbrain
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I loved this…it was funny, sad, sweary, but above all, warm! Having watched Stanley‘s TV documentaries I could hear him in my head. I imagine the audio is just as good, but hard copy is better for the recipes contained within.

Thanks so much for gifting this to me! @Mitch 😘

And apologies to Mr Tucci for including French olive oils in the pic; I don‘t have any Italian oils and a bag of supermarket pasta might not have had the right effect! 🤣

Mitch Glad you enjoyed it. Mr K cooked the courgette pasta from chapter one on Saturday night and it was yum! 1y
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Curvybookgirl
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I listened to this book and really enjoyed it especially as it was narrated by the author. It makes you hungry listening to it and as some of the recipes sound good I will get a physical copy of the book

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Sharpeipup

⚠️Warning: Don‘t read this on an empty stomach. 🤤

Megabooks Agreed! 1y
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Mitch
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This was warm and full of passion. Fabulous food with a great host. It feels like you‘ve been invited around your favourite uncles and the table is laden with the best of feasts! It‘s a fast read and leaves you dashing into the kitchen!

AvidReader25 I loved it! 1y
StellaDz I love Stanley Tucci! 1y
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Mitch
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Pausing this to watch Aussie Masterchef! I wish I had some appropriately decadent and yummy snacks to hand!

AllDebooks Oh it's so good. I love this man!! 1y
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Mitch
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Bookmark pairing working out well for this one! So far…Yum to everything on every page!

squirrelbrain Just saw that the second series of his Italy programme starts on Sunday - I adored the first series, did you watch it? 1y
Mitch @squirrelbrain it‘s on our watch list! 1y
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This one has been on my radar for a while. I adore Stanley Tucci.

mamareading Mine too, keep us updated! 1y
Oblomov26 Great read 1y
JacqMac I loved it. He‘s pretty amazing. And I could almost hear his voice as I read it. 1y
Rachel.Rencher @mamareading So far, I'm loving it. His family is so relatable and I'm craving Italian food! 1y
Rachel.Rencher @JacqMac Oh I'm totally reading it in his voice! I'm also seeing why he was cast in Julie & Julia. It was perfect! 1y
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Hanna-B
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I‘ve looked at this book a few times. Today I worked at my daughter‘s school fair where books were $1 each and I got this stack! I have read a few of them. Crossing to Safety is brilliance. Shuggie is too. I eagerly anticipate Cloud Cuckoo Land

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I wasn‘t planning to read this, but then I heard Tucci on a podcast and decided to check it out. I‘m so glad I did, because this book is completely delightful! The focus here truly is food and he‘s really funny! The audio, read by the author, is excellent.

TheBookHippie I read the ARC and loved it! 1y
peaKnit This was so good. His CNN series Finding Italy was also fantastic and a good complement to this book. 1y
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Made me crave Italian food.

Sparklemn Love your daisies. My favorite! 1y
MatchlessMarie Definitely bought some Kerrygold while reading this 😂 🧈 1y
BkClubCare @MatchlessMarie yes! Always 🤩 It is my fave for my tiny butter dish to not have in the fridge and be soft for toast ✔️🌟 1y
BkClubCare @Sparklemn - SO pretty! I have yellow ones, too. These were supposed to be a ty gift for a friend who hosted me for the weekend. But I forgot them. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Stanley Tucci and this was absolutely delightful to listen to on audio. It‘s all about food and how it relates to different aspects of his life from childhood until now. I loved it and highly recommend it. Even listening to him read recipes was entertaining. (I‘m considering buying a physical copy for said recipes.)

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Skeeterisme
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Delightful

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Kshakal
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A love letter to the food that nourishes us through all the ups and downs of life… I love Stanley Tucci and it was fun to listen to him wax poetic about the food that made him who he is today!

MatchlessMarie Loved this one so much 🧡 2y
peaKnit I‘m enjoying this a lot, I just held his cookbooks and hope to watch his CNN series about Italy, I‘m all in with Stanley lol! 2y
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Knitting in the hammock with Stanley Tucci, I feel like I‘m getting a tour of NYC and salivating for pasta.

AmyG Beautiful. NYC has the BEST food. 2y
Centique Gorgeous colours 😍 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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So good! #audio

DebinHawaii I LOVED this one! 🧡🧡🧡 2y
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kbuggle
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You cannot go wrong with Stanley Tucci! What a gem.