Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mangia!

{Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar make risotto}

I have been a big fan of Debi Mazar since her Goodfellas days -- her wisecracking tone, no-apologies NY accent, vintage glamour girl style. I was so excited to see her in Entourage -- perfect casting. Last year, she and her charming Italian husband Gabriele Corcos started posting webisodes (and podcasts on iTunes) called Under The Tuscan Gun that are like hanging out in the kitchen of two friends watching them cook. Many of the recipes are from Gabriele's family, everything features fresh ingredients and lots of olive oil, with healthy portions and suggestions to serve with a salad, bread and wine (as in, "eat a small serving of this with a salad", not "eat an 'American' serving of this and wonder why you have high cholesterol and need to lie down"). I love their warm California kitchen, shots of a "lived-in" house through the kitchen doorways, and their outdoor dining area in their prolific and lovely garden.

If you are looking for high production values, well-lit food styling, fantasy kitchens, inflated egos and monotone ingredient recitals, stick to Food Network. If you want friendly instruction on how to cook simple, delicious Italian food, in a normal home kitchen, by people who have an obvious love for each other and la dolce vita, check out Under The Tuscan Gun.

2 comments:

musette said...

Sounds great. Right up my alley!

Robin said...

thanks musette, I'm making the risotto recipe this weekend, I'm sure it will be delish!