ISSUE #29: Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

Our wines have always been blended in honor of the Browne family tradition of gathering to share great wine, great food, and great company. Gathering is also a large theme in Stanley Tucci’s Taste: My Life Through Food, which in part is why Andrew and I both enjoyed and recommend the book to everyone.  Stanley includes a handful of recipes, but more importantly shares how his family helped to shape his love of the culinary world.

One recipe shared was a favorite in his house when his father led the dinner charge – a once a week affair. Pasta con Aglio e Olio is fit for the busiest of families looking for a quality meal that allows for more time spent at the table than over the stove, a sentiment Andrew and I understand very well!

Pasta con Aglio e Olio

Serves 4

3 garlic cloves, cut into thirds

¼ cup of olive oil

1 pound spaghetti

Kosher salt and freshly black pepper


  • Sauté three cloves of garlic, cut into thirds in ¼ cup of olive oil until lightly browned
  • Boil one pound of spaghetti until it’s al dente
  • Drain the spaghetti and toss with the oil and garlic mixture
  • Add salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.
  • Per Mr. Tucci himself, Cheese is NOT allowed.

Another recipe we appreciated in the book was The Martini.  Gleaned from his years as a bartender and perfected after watching an obviously skilled Italian bartender in Majorca (yes, I get that is strange), Stanley’s attention to detail is impeccable.  And I must admit this recipe has greatly improved the our martini making abilities.

The Martini


Dry Vermouth

Gin or Vodka

Olives or a lemon twist to garnish

  • Take a glass beaker and fill it with ice.
  • Pour in a half shot of good dry vermouth.
  • Stir it well for about 15 seconds.
  • Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir it again.
  • Strain out the vermouth.
  • Pour in 3 to 4 shots of good gin or vodka.
  • Stir it well for about 30 seconds.
  • Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir it again for about 30 seconds.
  • Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir it quickly.
  • Strain it into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with either 1 or 3 olives (never 2) or a lemon twist.
  • Drink it.
  • Become a new person.

– Courtney Browne