Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Goodfellas actor Paul Sorvino Launched New Italian Cookbook in West Hollywood

Photos by Karen Ostlund
Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino and Emmy-award winner Dee Dee Sorvino PEN LAUNCHED

West Hollywood, CA 
 The cookbook "Pinot, Pasta, and Parties" will inspire everyone to make every day a special occasion said Paul Sorvino and Dee Dee last Sunday, April 30th at Dr. Eric Fugier's residence in West Hollywood. "The best way to celebrate or try to solve the world’s problems is with a good glass of wine and a bountiful meal". 
Among guests attending were Erin Murphy, Teresa Ganzel, Lee Purcell, Jayne Kennedy and Eddie Money.
 When Paul and Dee Dee Sorvino are not in front of the camera, they are most likely to be found in the kitchen. Their love of food and entertaining skills are legendary among their circle of friends and colleagues. Paul, a master in the kitchen, turns out sumptuous Italian feasts, and Dee Dee is the chief of style, menus, and fun cocktails. “Planning a party, whether it's a romantic evening for the two of us, dinner party with close friends, or a buffet for a bigger crowd - gets us going,” said Dee Dee.
(Center) Dee Dee and Paul Sorvino and Eddie Money at cookbook launch
 In response to their guests’ endless requests for their recipes, the couple decided to write their first cookbook, PINOT, PASTA, AND PARTIES (Center Street/Hachette; ISBN 978-1-4555-9689-8; April 18, 2017; $30). “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 of our lives that make us who we are together, the chapters tell our story.”
Italian meatballs with Sorvino's Marinara sauce

Each of the ten chapters in the book contains a menu inspired by a theme then kicked off with a signature cocktail, tempting appetizers, mouthwatering main dishes, and decadent desserts. 
The book combine Paul’s Italian-American roots with Dee Dee’s Scottish-Irish ancestry and toss it with the places they have lived and traveled – New York City, Kentucky, Los Angeles, and Italy, and you get a truly eclectic collection of recipes that home cooks will turn to repeatedly. Starting with the basics, they cover all the Italian basics from meatballs to marinara. (stroll down for recipe of Marinara Sauce).
Shrimp brochette
The “We Love NY” chapter pays homage to Italian festival street food which would not be complete without the recipes for a Sausage Hero and Eggs in Purgatory.
 In the “La La Land” chapter, the focus is on wholesome and light foods such as Swordfish with Olives; Pear, Watercress, and Gorgonzola Salad; and Orange Polenta Cupcakes. “Sing for Your Supper” is the ultimate menu for an elegant dinner party complete with classics like Veal Piccata and Linguini con Vongoli
You cannot have a Sorvino cookbook without a influence to Goodfellas! The feast fit for a mafia boss features: Lasagna Mama, Porchetta, and Zabaglione with Fresh Berries
Paul Sorvino's Marinara Sauce from the Food Network Specials (episode TV Guide Celebrity Dish):

Ingredients 4 servings
Heat olive oil in frying pan. While oil heats up, chop garlic and add to oil. Fry garlic until golden brown (color of toast). Set aside. Drain peeled Italian tomatoes and mash into a thick puree. Pour into the frying pan and add bay leaves, fresh basil, sea salt and fresh pepper. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes on medium flame. In a large pot boil water and add pasta. Cook for 12 minutes. Drain pasta and return it to the pot. Add 1 scoop of sauce and mix. Serve pasta in separate bowls and add marinara sauce to each serving.
(Recipe courtesy of Paul Sorvino)
Myself with Paul Sorvino and Dee Dee at PINOT, PASTA & PARTIES booksigning
 PAUL SORVINO has appeared in nearly 200 films, a variety of television shows, and Broadway productions.He is best known for his portrayal of tough guys, he portrayed Paul Cicero in Goodfellas, police chief Capt. Edelson in Cruising, and Detective Phil Cerrato on Law and Order.  DEE DEE SORVINO is an Emmy Award winning television host and radio personality. She has appeared on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel andCBS Morning News.

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