One of my Xmas gifts this year was something that the wife noticed me getting excited about in the local book store. The Wiseguy Cookbook, by Henry Hill (the guy Ray Liotta played in Goodfellas).
I love Italian food. I am (to toot my own horn) a hell of a good cook. But I spent over a decade attempting to cook Italian chow and couldn’t do it. It was always too acidic, too sweet, or too “ishkabiddle”. It was never even close to the good Italian restaurants I am used to.
I got this book and immediately tried a recipe. Sunday Gravy (Meat Sauce) page 33. For the next week, all we ate was recipes from this book, and I can’t wait to make the rest of them. I think we all gained 10 pounds last week. Screw Betty Crocker. You want to make some very good Eye-Tie chow, get this book. If you haven’t read the book Wiseguy and want a good read, as well as a good cook book, get this book.
I’ve tried for 15 years to cook good Italian food and couldn’t do it. This book showed me the way. It’s all about skimming the acid. I feel enlightened and stupid at the same time.
By the way, it was Henry’s mom that taught him to slice garlic with a razor, that he shared with Paulie.