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Food TV

“Sopranos” Actor Steve Schirripa Creates A Diet For Life

Steve Schirripa, who plays Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on The Sopranos, says of his new book The Goomba Diet (Crown Publishing, $23), “Obviously it’s a humor book, you know. You can tell by looking at me.” In his thick Brooklyn accent, he spills some beans about life, living large on The Sopranos set, and his future. What prompted you to write “The Goomba Diet”? Steve Schirripa: This is the third in the series of Goomba books, you know. … And when we talk about a diet book we’re talking about, you know, people with an appetite for life, who like to […]

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Documentary

Rosie Perez Finds The Source Of Puerto Rican Pride

They say travel is broadening. But though I’ve toured Puerto Rico, from a trek through the El Yunque rainforest to a midnight ride on the phosphorescent bay near Ponce, I never expected to increase my knowledge of the island through an hourlong interview with actress Rosie Perez about her journey of cultural discovery. We discussed her feature-length documentary, ¡Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas! (I’m Boricua, Just So You Know), premiering June 12 on IFC, which she appears in as well as directs. What prompted you to put this film together? Rosie Perez: I have this guy I used […]

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Based On The Comic

“Digging” Josh Bernstein

When a series on The History Channel spawns its own comic book, you know that the times, they are a-changing. With Digging for the Truth and host-turned-comic-hero Josh Bernstein, the network has proved that history can be hip. Beyond the obvious comparisons to Indiana Jones and his rugged good looks, Bernstein is the real deal when it comes to smarts about “stones and bones.” A survivalist expert and graduate of Cornell University, Bernstein logged more than 100,000 miles during Digging‘s first season, and is in the process of upping that number in Season 2. “This time [I visited] 21 countries, […]

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Food TV

“Good Eats” Guru Alton Brown Talks About His Heat Thing

If you’re a fan of Good Eats, Food Network’s cooking show meets science experiment meets improvisational comedy hour, you’ve probably been wondering about the background of its host, Alton Brown. Beloved elementary science teacher, maybe? Standup comic? Chef/owner of some quirky little bistro? Actually, he was the guy trying to convince you to buy diapers and steel-belted radials. “I had kicked around the idea for Good Eats when I was directing commercials,” Brown admits. “I kept thinking, ‘Somebody has to make a food show that is actually educational and entertaining at the same time … a show that got down […]