Taste: My Life Though Food; Stanley Tucci
2021 - Simon & Schuster Audio
(read by author - excellent)
I initially passed on this book when it was first released in the fall of 2021 but, after reading so many rave reviews, I decided to give it a try on audio.
What a good memoir, Stanley Tucci has had quite a life. I never realized just how many movies he has been in and how inspired his was by his Italian American heritage to learn to cook the REAL Italian way. His cookbooks have been loved by many. There was one chapter where he talks about the perfect martini which I enjoyed - he also talks about other cocktails and fine wines as well. Tucci has had more than his share of challenges in life, his first wife Kate, died very young of breast cancer leaving him with three young children to raise. And, more recently (last 5 years) Tucci faced his own private battle with a painful form of mouth cancer at the base of his tongue leaving a man who loved cooking and food so much, unable to eat for a period of time where he required a feeding tube. Fortunately, he has recovered and he is back to cooking, creating and enjoying life with his second wife Felicity and the couples two young children as well as Tucci's three older children.
This is a very well written memoir. It had a nice balance about Tucci's personal life, career and plenty of good food as well. There are wonderful recipes peppered throughout and, Tucci's down to earth writing style and plenty of humor really made this book even more personal and enjoyable. There was one graphic scene Tucci recalled from his childhood that could have been toned down or better-yet eliminated IMO, but, despite that I still liked this an awful lot. Readers will want a print copy for their shelves.
Rating - 4.5/5 stars