Sunday, April 10, 2022

April/May Selection: Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

I just watched Stanley Tucci's third TikTok video ever where he shows the Saturday lunch he was serving for a visit from his parents and daughter. It reinforces why I like him so much--he is a celebrity that I truly think would be fun to hang out with. It also served as a reminder that we are nine days into the month and I hadn't posted the announcement for our Cook the Books April/May selection, Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci.

From the Publisher:

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.  

I am looking forward to reading (and listening as I bought the audiobook) to Stanley's memoir with all of you and to see what delicious dishes it inspires us to make.

The deadline for contributing your post is Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Leave a comment below with a link to your post and/or email me at

Anyone can participate in Cook the Books: just pick up a copy of the selection from your local bookstore or library, take inspiration from your reading, then cook and post the inspired dish. 

We look forward to having you read and cook along with us in this selection period and beyond. New participants are always welcome. (Leave a comment here or check out our Guidelines page if you have any questions.


Deb, Kahakai Kitchen


Debra Eliotseats said...

Am loving this!

Simona Carini said...

A popular title: my position in the library queue is not moving fast enough. I may go audio for this :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

I'm glad you are enjoying it, Debra!
Simona, I hope your copy comes in!

Velva- Evening with a Sandwich said...

I have heard nothing but good things about Stanley Tucci's book. It is on my list to read. I think you will absolutely enjoy it!


A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

I absolutely loved this memoir. Thanks so much for hosting and choosing it Deb. My post went live today at

Tina said...

What a great book, loved it. Here's my post:

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thanks, Velva! Join in if you'd like!

Wendy and Tina, thank you for joining in! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!

Claudia said...

A very inspiring read! Loved it. My post is now up:

Amy said...

Thanks for hosting! Here's my link:

Marg said...

I loved the audio of this book and I am so glad that I have been able to join in this month

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thank you Claudia, Amy and Marg! I look forward to seeing your posts.

Debra Eliotseats said...

Loved the selection!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I am so glad, Debra!

Simona Carini said...

Here's my contribution, Deb: thank you for hosting :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thank you Simona!