A Meal to Die for

A Meal to Die for : A Culinary Novel of Crime

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Benny Lacoco is a "food fence." A load of frozen shrimp falls off of a truck, or perhaps a few cases of olive oil or some nice expensive wine with an unpronounceable name comes into your possession, Benny is the guy who can move it for you. No questions asked. He's well connected and a man of respect.But there is another side to Benny. He's a gourmet cook who once aspired to be a renowned restaurateur...but business (and other matters equally unsavory) got in the way.Now Benny has been summoned to cook a special meal for some of his associates on the occasion of the big man being sent up the river. This gives Benny the chance to prepare the meal of his life, A MEAL TO DIE FOR, because word has it that someone in their midst is a rat, and some things just can't be forgiven. From the abundant antipasto of chicken liver mousse, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, grilled sardines, and other delicacies to the creamy delight of crayfish bisque, three types of pasta, and main entrees of roasted lamb, baked snapper, and chicken with artichokes and sausage, we are treated to flashbacks of Benny's life in a novel that blends the best of "Big Night" with "Goodfellas."""show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 271 pages
  • 147.3 x 210.8 x 27.9mm | 408.24g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765314444
  • 9780765314444

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""A Meal to Die For" is deliciously sinful and fattening. Not since I read Rex Stout's "Too Many Cooks "while stuck on an Amtrak train have I been so entertained and famished at the same time. I hope Joseph Gannascoli and Allen C. Kupfer will dish up many more courses in the future."--Loren Estleman, author of "Nicotine Kiss""""A tasty slice of mob life."--Steven R. Schirripa, author of "A Goomba's Guide""to Life" and actor on HBO's "The Sopranos" (Bobby Bacala) "It's "Big Night" meets "Goodfellas.""--James Gandolfini, Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos "show more

About Joseph R Gannascoli

Joseph R. Gannascoli is an actor who has appeared in numerous movies and is a regular on HBOs phenomenally successful TV series "The Sopranos." He has been a guest on such shows as Emeril, Bobby Flay, Donnie Deutsch, and Howard Stern as well as on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club." He is also a skilled restauranteur. Allen C. Kupfer teaches at Nassau Community College. He is also the author of "The Journal of Professor Abraham Van Helsing."show more

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4 33% (16)
3 47% (23)
2 14% (7)
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