‘Fresh Tastes’ makes everyday cooking, entertaining uncomplicated

Here’s one way to spot a cookbook you’ll actually use: Short lists of ingredients. And if you can get all of those ingredients at any well-stocked supermarket, chances are good you have yourself a keeper. But don’t be fooled. Easy, common ingredients aren’t an advertisement for simple flavors. They’re just an author doing her due diligence to make sure her recipes actually get used by home cooks. At least, that’s what cookbook author Lee Clayton Roper says of her second cookbook Fresh Tastes. I spoke to Roper about her motivation behind the cookbook — a follow up to her first, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen. But talking about one cookbook inevitably leads to talking about the other, as well. “She couldn’t remember who the president was or what day of the week it was, but she could remember her recipes,” said Roper of her mother, the inspiration for her entry into the world of cookbook writing. “The…

Paul Sorvino and wife publish Italian Cookbook with nod to Goodfellas

If you didn’t have a love affair with Italian food before, watching Paulie Cicero (played by Paul Sorvino) and his mob family in the 1990 blockbuster Goodfellas cook dinner in prison would have been enough to start. Seeing Sorvino slice through garlic with a razor blade “so thin that it used to liquify in the pan with just a little oil”, as narrator Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) tells it, was mesmerizing. The visuals and the description made our mouths water. After 27 years of salivating over Sorvino’s sauce, it’s about time he grace us with the gift of his cooking know-how through an Italian cookbook. Pinot, Pasta, and Parties (Available April 18, 2017; $30) is Paul’s first cookbook, created in efforts with wife, Emmy Award Winning TV and radio host, Dee Dee Sorvino. “We wanted to share our recipes, experiences, and a glimpse into our happy life together,” they write in the foreword. “Each chapter focuses on an aspect…