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Nuovo Vesuvio. The "family" restaurant, redefined. Home to the finest in Napolitan' cuisine and Essex County's best kept secret. Now Artie Bucco, la cucina's master chef and your personal host, invites you to a special feast...with a little help from his friends. From arancini to zabaglione, from baccala to Quail Sinatra-style, Artie Bucco and his guests, the Sopranos and Nuovo Vesuvio. The "family" restaurant, redefined. Home to the finest in Napolitan' cuisine and Essex County's best kept secret. Now Artie Bucco, la cucina's master chef and your personal host, invites you to a special feast...with a little help from his friends. From arancini to zabaglione, from baccala to Quail Sinatra-style, Artie Bucco and his guests, the Sopranos and their associates, offer food lovers one hundred Avellinese-style recipes and valuable preparation tips. But that's not all! Artie also brings you a cornucopia of precious Sopranos artifacts that includes photos from the old country; the first Bucco's Vesuvio's menu from 1926; AJ's school essay on "Why I Like Food"; Bobby Bacala's style tips for big eaters, and much, much more. So share the big table with: Tony Soprano, waste management executive "Most people soak a bagful of discount briquettes with lighter fluid and cook a pork chop until it's shoe leather and think they're Wolfgang Puck." Enjoy his tender Grilled Sausages sizzling with fennel or cheese. Warning: Piercing the skin is a fire hazard. Corrado "Junior" Soprano, Tony's uncle "Mama always cooked. No one died of too much cholesterol or some such crap." Savor his Pasta Fazool, a toothsome marriage of cannellini beans and ditalini pasta, or Giambott', a grand-operatic vegetable medley. Carmela Soprano, Tony's wife "If someone were sick, my inclination would be to send over a pastina and ricotta. It's healing food." Try her Baked Ziti, sinfully enriched with three cheeses, and her earthy 'Shcarole with Garlic. Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri, associate of Tony Soprano "I have heard that Eskimos have fifty words for snow. We have five hundred words for food." Sink your teeth into his Eggs in Purgatory-eight eggs, bubbling tomato sauce, and an experience that's pure heaven. As Artie says, "Enjoy, with a thousand meals and a thousand laughs. Buon' appetito!"


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Nuovo Vesuvio. The "family" restaurant, redefined. Home to the finest in Napolitan' cuisine and Essex County's best kept secret. Now Artie Bucco, la cucina's master chef and your personal host, invites you to a special feast...with a little help from his friends. From arancini to zabaglione, from baccala to Quail Sinatra-style, Artie Bucco and his guests, the Sopranos and Nuovo Vesuvio. The "family" restaurant, redefined. Home to the finest in Napolitan' cuisine and Essex County's best kept secret. Now Artie Bucco, la cucina's master chef and your personal host, invites you to a special feast...with a little help from his friends. From arancini to zabaglione, from baccala to Quail Sinatra-style, Artie Bucco and his guests, the Sopranos and their associates, offer food lovers one hundred Avellinese-style recipes and valuable preparation tips. But that's not all! Artie also brings you a cornucopia of precious Sopranos artifacts that includes photos from the old country; the first Bucco's Vesuvio's menu from 1926; AJ's school essay on "Why I Like Food"; Bobby Bacala's style tips for big eaters, and much, much more. So share the big table with: Tony Soprano, waste management executive "Most people soak a bagful of discount briquettes with lighter fluid and cook a pork chop until it's shoe leather and think they're Wolfgang Puck." Enjoy his tender Grilled Sausages sizzling with fennel or cheese. Warning: Piercing the skin is a fire hazard. Corrado "Junior" Soprano, Tony's uncle "Mama always cooked. No one died of too much cholesterol or some such crap." Savor his Pasta Fazool, a toothsome marriage of cannellini beans and ditalini pasta, or Giambott', a grand-operatic vegetable medley. Carmela Soprano, Tony's wife "If someone were sick, my inclination would be to send over a pastina and ricotta. It's healing food." Try her Baked Ziti, sinfully enriched with three cheeses, and her earthy 'Shcarole with Garlic. Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri, associate of Tony Soprano "I have heard that Eskimos have fifty words for snow. We have five hundred words for food." Sink your teeth into his Eggs in Purgatory-eight eggs, bubbling tomato sauce, and an experience that's pure heaven. As Artie says, "Enjoy, with a thousand meals and a thousand laughs. Buon' appetito!"

30 review for The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco

  1. 4 out of 5

    ALLEN

    Although THE SOPRANOS was a fictional TV show, and "Artie Bucco" a fictional restaurateur, this gathering of Italian and Neapolitan recipes is the real deal. Its 200 pages include such classics as veal cutlet, osso buco, orange and fennel salad, bracioli (meat rolls), Eggs in Purgatory, and "gravy" (the kind of red sauce that takes all day to make). Mostly the book is entirely on the level, with occasional forays into humor, such as when family matriarch Livia Soprano sets the kitchen on fire tr Although THE SOPRANOS was a fictional TV show, and "Artie Bucco" a fictional restaurateur, this gathering of Italian and Neapolitan recipes is the real deal. Its 200 pages include such classics as veal cutlet, osso buco, orange and fennel salad, bracioli (meat rolls), Eggs in Purgatory, and "gravy" (the kind of red sauce that takes all day to make). Mostly the book is entirely on the level, with occasional forays into humor, such as when family matriarch Livia Soprano sets the kitchen on fire trying to make her fried mushrooms. Recipes are solid and color photography sumptuous.

  2. 4 out of 5

    TheBookWarren

    This feels far more akin to a family heirloom, or scrapbook more than it feels like a cookbook! Whilst the Baked Ziti is to die for - The triumph in this treasure is that when you Hold it in your hands. You feel like you are a sort of something special, something beloved, that’s sacred and dripping with warmth & an almost tangible but invisible mist of Soprano flavoured scent lines, sometimes you could even swear they permeate a small cavity of the room you’re in.. perhaps in the cornice.. or the This feels far more akin to a family heirloom, or scrapbook more than it feels like a cookbook! Whilst the Baked Ziti is to die for - The triumph in this treasure is that when you Hold it in your hands. You feel like you are a sort of something special, something beloved, that’s sacred and dripping with warmth & an almost tangible but invisible mist of Soprano flavoured scent lines, sometimes you could even swear they permeate a small cavity of the room you’re in.. perhaps in the cornice.. or the grout of the tiles.. but you’ll never be able to find it.. Long live the Soprano’s, so they shall endure through the recipes, wine pairings & artichoke hearts of their most dedicated fans.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    I bought this book for Chris back when we were still long distance dating and it immediately became a very useful tool for us. When we would spend weekends together we would cook something out of this book. The recipes are awesome and come out really well! great authentic Italian-American cooking. Seems cheesy at first with the Sopranos stories, but if you can just get past that the actual recipes are fantastic!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

    This is a funny book with a mix of Neapolitan recipes and Sopranos fan moments. The recipes seem great, with a focus on simple ingredients and traditional techniques, and I love that so many of them are illustrated with beautiful photography. The bigger draw of this book, though, is likely the aspects that tie into the HBO show, which come through here in the form of in-character narrations (Artie Bucco gives the history of Vesuvio's and shares a chapter of more upscale restaurant-style recipes, This is a funny book with a mix of Neapolitan recipes and Sopranos fan moments. The recipes seem great, with a focus on simple ingredients and traditional techniques, and I love that so many of them are illustrated with beautiful photography. The bigger draw of this book, though, is likely the aspects that tie into the HBO show, which come through here in the form of in-character narrations (Artie Bucco gives the history of Vesuvio's and shares a chapter of more upscale restaurant-style recipes, Charmaine Bucco discusses the challenges and etiquette of professional catering before revealing some recipes that are easily scaled up for a crowd of fifty, Adriana La Cerva gives romance tips and a chapter of romantic recipes). The chapters capture the characters' voices well, especially Janice's self-centered and artificial memories of days growing up around the Soprano family table, and there are plenty of large photographs from the show to tickle the memories of fans. There are other cookbooks on the market for this cuisine, so this isn't an essential read for the recipes, but this book is a must-have for fans who miss the show and want to revisit their experiences in a multi-sensory way.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucianna

    Whether you are a Soprano fan or not, these recipes please stomachs of all kinds! I am a Italian and love these recipes. I grew up with watchin my mom, aunt, and grandma cooking many of these dishes. a Wave of nastoglia will come over you awakening your senses and memory.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I liked this cookbook, but there were only a few recipes that I can use. As a vegetarian many of the recipes are not easily made veggie friendly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ayushmaan

    The humour in this treasure of a cookbook with those witty references to the show are pure gold.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Honestly, great cookbook. Carmela's section is the best.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Finally getting around to watching the series so thought this might be a fun read. I also happen to adore Italian cooking. Books like this tend to be a little gimmicky, and this is no exception. But there was some humor coming from the different characters narrating their chapters. What surprised me is the simplicity of some of the recipes. When you watch the show, you get the idea that there's more to the cooking than this . However there were several I would like to try and over all found it a Finally getting around to watching the series so thought this might be a fun read. I also happen to adore Italian cooking. Books like this tend to be a little gimmicky, and this is no exception. But there was some humor coming from the different characters narrating their chapters. What surprised me is the simplicity of some of the recipes. When you watch the show, you get the idea that there's more to the cooking than this . However there were several I would like to try and over all found it an acceptable read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Recipes that are simple and good for every day. Family favourites are the minestra-escarole and little meatballs soup,'Shcarole and Beans soup,and what have become staple dishes for our company on New Years' Day - Quail Sinatra style and Tiramisu.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaap

    Good recipes: cook like Artie, eat like Tony and feel like a member of the Family

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Truly Authentic Recipes- Love this cookbook! I was raised in an Italian family and I love trying to reproduce my Grandmother's sunday gravy (sauce) and the meatballs and everything else- AWESOME book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Gillette

    This is a good, solid Italian-American cookbook (mostly recipes from Southern Italy). It was enjoyable reading for a fan of the show, but even if you aren't, the recipes are first-rate. The way they're laid out, explained, and annotated make them very easy to follow. There are only a few clinkers in there and that's totally subjective on my part. You might love what I don't like. Supposedly, all the recipes are from Avellino, a little town in southern Italy--and who am I to argue? Whatever the cas This is a good, solid Italian-American cookbook (mostly recipes from Southern Italy). It was enjoyable reading for a fan of the show, but even if you aren't, the recipes are first-rate. The way they're laid out, explained, and annotated make them very easy to follow. There are only a few clinkers in there and that's totally subjective on my part. You might love what I don't like. Supposedly, all the recipes are from Avellino, a little town in southern Italy--and who am I to argue? Whatever the case, you'll enjoy it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martin Tupper

    Fun cookbook for any fan of the show. Now I just need to find a strip club like Tony's and I'm set.

  15. 5 out of 5

    LLOYD j. DAUER

    great recipes

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    It's cute, but the recipes are so-so in my opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Flash Man

    Perfect gift for any Sopranos fan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    This is another one of my favorite go to cookbooks. The recipes are easy, delicious and practical. The veal piccata recipe is great I use chicken instead, also the Regina cookies are delicious as well. I cannot think right now of the other recipes that I have tried. This book has been sent as gifts to a couple of my friends.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anula

    I'm a BIG fan of the TV series The Sopranos, so immediately when I only saw this cook book I just had to have it :) It's great! If you are a Sopranos fan and a foodie as well, you have to have it. If you watched even only one episode you'll know that the food is an important part of their lives - they are eating something almost constantly! Lots of family parties, lots of wakes... Christmas dinners, BBQ etc. All the recipes in the book are easy to follow and with very clear instructions. You won I'm a BIG fan of the TV series The Sopranos, so immediately when I only saw this cook book I just had to have it :) It's great! If you are a Sopranos fan and a foodie as well, you have to have it. If you watched even only one episode you'll know that the food is an important part of their lives - they are eating something almost constantly! Lots of family parties, lots of wakes... Christmas dinners, BBQ etc. All the recipes in the book are easy to follow and with very clear instructions. You wont find ingredients that are hard to get, so all the dishes in the book will be available for you to make. The dishes I'm immediately thinking of when watching The Sopranos (mainly because they are 'family favourite and always present) are: Struffoli (p.31), Giambotta (p.42), Manicotti (p.56) or Ziti al Forno. This book isn't a cook book as we know it. It's more a little history of The Sopranos Family and Italian/USA cooking traditions. The big appeal of this particular book is the way in which it ties into the show itself, which is visible here in the form of in-character narrations (different in each chapter) - Artie Bucco gives the history of Vesuvio's and shares a chapter of restaurant style recipes (he's also the main narrator in the book), Charmaine Bucco discusses the challenges and etiquette of professional catering before revealing some recipes that are easily prepared for a bigger crowd of guests, Adriana La Cerva gives a chapter of romantic recipes and tips for that perfect "dinner for two", Tony himself talks about Perfect grill party and Carmela about family gatherings. The chapters show characters well too, especially Janice's self-centered and artificial memories of days growing up around the Soprano family table and Uncle Junior's views (not only on food). There are many large photographs from the show as well as some letters and other family keepsakes. If you - as I - love The Sopranos... you really need to have this cookbook in your collection.

  20. 5 out of 5

    DBC

    I friggin love this book. It was life changing. Really! Before this book, I cooked at home a lot but only had a few basic recipes and methods of preparing food that I stuck to, and supplemented with frozen dinners when I got bored of it all. Most of the cookbooks I'd encountered were like textbooks... pretty dry, small print, small illustrations (half a page sometimes, if you were lucky) everything kinda tightly crammed together in a thick tome. But The Sopranos Family Cookbook is a *novelty* co I friggin love this book. It was life changing. Really! Before this book, I cooked at home a lot but only had a few basic recipes and methods of preparing food that I stuck to, and supplemented with frozen dinners when I got bored of it all. Most of the cookbooks I'd encountered were like textbooks... pretty dry, small print, small illustrations (half a page sometimes, if you were lucky) everything kinda tightly crammed together in a thick tome. But The Sopranos Family Cookbook is a *novelty* cookbook with lots of space to fill. Here, each recipe gets its own page, with large print, easy-to-follow directions, and pictures that will make your stomach grumble with anticipation. Recipes get grouped together with different characters from the show, and after some regular usage, you'll mentally link recipes to character sections and be able to find the page you're looking for in seconds. The book also gives good advice about where to cut corners, as should be the case with any wiseguy-themed book. You'll know when you should go with canned food, and when you should make it yourself. I'd like to someday try making all the recipes in this book, but currently I've only made about half, with meals like Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers becoming a monthly staple for me. I now also have practice, skill, and a courage to try unusual recipes which has carried me on to different cookbooks. I owe all the variety in my current diet (and the almost total disappearance of frozen meals) to this Family cookbook... and hopefully the Family doesn't come to collect on that sizable debt any time soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra the Great

    I'm such a fan of The Sopranos and Artie Bucco just happens to be a favorite character of mine. The recipes in this book are your basic Southern Italian staples with a couple Sicilian recipes thrown in here and there. But what makes this book really worthwhile is that it mirrors the show so well. There's commentary from characters that the show's writers must have been responsible for. So while you're making cannoli, you can also read the instant message conversation between Meadow Soprano and h I'm such a fan of The Sopranos and Artie Bucco just happens to be a favorite character of mine. The recipes in this book are your basic Southern Italian staples with a couple Sicilian recipes thrown in here and there. But what makes this book really worthwhile is that it mirrors the show so well. There's commentary from characters that the show's writers must have been responsible for. So while you're making cannoli, you can also read the instant message conversation between Meadow Soprano and her friend. Read Anthony's school essay, "Why I Like Food." Let Bobby Baccala teach you how to dress while you're waiting for your ragu to finish. Also included: A handy Jersey Italian-English glossary, so you won't look silly or be confused when you hear that there's a pot of Sunday gravy on the stove or when you're offered some 'scharole. Good recipes in an entirely entertaining format. The cannoli recipe is one that my family has been using for years now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    S Vanorse

    Can not wait to get cooking, being from a large Italian family some of these recipes are a lot like the ones I use now. Many that I remember from childhood family dinners, that I had forgotten about eating at my grandmothers house. Meals took hours to prepare and were eaten over a period of time, not fast like families do today. Found this copy at our library book fair, couple people laughed because I said I buying it, I just spent an hour going over the recipes, the ingredients are simple, not Can not wait to get cooking, being from a large Italian family some of these recipes are a lot like the ones I use now. Many that I remember from childhood family dinners, that I had forgotten about eating at my grandmothers house. Meals took hours to prepare and were eaten over a period of time, not fast like families do today. Found this copy at our library book fair, couple people laughed because I said I buying it, I just spent an hour going over the recipes, the ingredients are simple, not expensive and to my trained Italian cooks eye very accurate. All for $1, what a bargain. I only wish Tony Soprano could join our family for a meal.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Rob

    When Sopranos was on HBO, I was forbidden to watch it because my mother said I was too young.... However, I use to try to catch the reruns when she was not home. The cookbook have given me interest in watching the entire show.... Honestly, I do not think I am going to make any of the food items, I just wanted to see did the characters had a role in shaping thin cookbook... and yes they were a major help... If you are fans of The Sopranos, check out this book.... If you are a cook, check out this When Sopranos was on HBO, I was forbidden to watch it because my mother said I was too young.... However, I use to try to catch the reruns when she was not home. The cookbook have given me interest in watching the entire show.... Honestly, I do not think I am going to make any of the food items, I just wanted to see did the characters had a role in shaping thin cookbook... and yes they were a major help... If you are fans of The Sopranos, check out this book.... If you are a cook, check out this book... And if you are both (fans of show and cooks) I have one thing to say to you: "What is taking you so long in getting this book". GET THIS BOOK!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I like how it was written by the characters from the show. Makes it even more fun when you've watched The Sopranos. The cookbook is full of great recipes that i actually make for my own family on a weekly basis. i enjoyed the Q&A with Furio .... pigs in their bed LOL when he meant pigs in a blanket ... stuff like that made me laugh while the actually has some great recipes like the ricotta pineapple pie, delish! I like how it was written by the characters from the show. Makes it even more fun when you've watched The Sopranos. The cookbook is full of great recipes that i actually make for my own family on a weekly basis. i enjoyed the Q&A with Furio .... pigs in their bed LOL when he meant pigs in a blanket ... stuff like that made me laugh while the actually has some great recipes like the ricotta pineapple pie, delish!

  25. 5 out of 5

    False

    A joke of a book. Written with humor, but with serious recipes. Supposed interviews with the tv characters about Italian food (minus Tony Soprano--I am guessing the actor refused to play along.) Legitimate recipes supplied by cookbook writer Michele Scicolone. I had this book on my "to read" list since it came out in 2002. You can see how long it took me to get around to it. Not worth the bother.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    I didn't care about the "Sopranos", but as I was glancing through this book 2 recipes caught my eye; Ricotta Pineapple Pie, Stuffed Quail... and as I perused the pages there were a few more to my liking; Risotto w/ Truffles & Champagne, most All of the desserts, & Minestra (Escarole w/ Mini Meatballs). Many of the dishes presented are easy to make...... I wish I had someone to cook for...I miss that! I didn't care about the "Sopranos", but as I was glancing through this book 2 recipes caught my eye; Ricotta Pineapple Pie, Stuffed Quail... and as I perused the pages there were a few more to my liking; Risotto w/ Truffles & Champagne, most All of the desserts, & Minestra (Escarole w/ Mini Meatballs). Many of the dishes presented are easy to make...... I wish I had someone to cook for...I miss that!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Reardon

    I received this book and Henry Hill's cookbook for Christmas from my uncle. This cookbook is amazing. It's great for a Sopranos fan, because not only does it include family recipes, it also contains little snip-its from the characters. For a cookbook, the recipes are delicious. As something to just read, it's hilarious. Even if you're not a hardcore Sopranos fan, it's a great book. :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Foxthyme

    You don't have to be a fan to enjoy this book, but it helps! Different characters, from Carmela to Artie Bucco to Paulie's Nucci, get their chapters of food specialities. Food topics range from Sunday dinner to grilling on the bbq to Italian pastries. And the show's famous Baked Ziti is here, too.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    You knew it was bound to happen - being the Sopranos fan that I am - I want to recommend this cookbook. Intermingled with yummy Italian recipes are snippets of advice from the main mobsters of the show - talking smack, talking etiquette, and just talking about food. Yum-O! =^..^= mb

  30. 4 out of 5

    M2

    Great, easy-to-cook Eye-talian food.

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