A Meal to Die For

A Culinary Novel of Crime

Joseph R. Gannascoli with Allen C. Kupfer

Forge Books

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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.

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Appetizer


Seared foie gras
with roasted apricots & sour cherry syrup

Seared Foie GrasSlice foie gras and sear until brown.
Peel and halve and pit apricots; toss with olive oil.
Roast.
In a saucepan, cook pitted cherries, sugar, red wine vinegar.
Reduce.
Puree in robot coupe.
Strain through chinois.
Cook until thick.
Toss sprouts with truffle oil.
Arrange foie gras and roasted apricots on a platter.
Pour sour cherry sauce over it.PreludeBenny Lacoco walked across the street, pulled open the door to Cobbler’s, a neighborhood bar,

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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

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Joseph R. Gannascoli with Allen C. Kupfer

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.

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A Meal to Die For
A Culinary Novel of Crime
Joseph R. Gannascoli with Allen C. Kupfer

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
January 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765314444
ISBN10: 0765314444
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$22.95

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429912105
ISBN10: 1429912103
272 pages
$7.99
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