CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 7: Stanley Tucci, actor, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on October 7, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
Stanley Tucci's 'Last Meal' Is As Chic As It Gets
By Carly Weaver
For years, Stanley Tucci has forayed into the world of food writing and travel documentaries, with two published cookbooks, a memoir titled "Taste: My Life Through Food," and the CNN docu-series "Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy." However, none of the meals he's found on his search through Italy make the cut when it comes to Stanley Tucci's chosen "last meal."
When Yahoo! Life asked Tucci what his "last meal" would be if he were about to compete in the real-life Hunger Games, he chicly answered, "Oysters and a martini." Tucci likens a good martini to a sort of ceremony, explaining, "You watch somebody make a martini properly, and it's really beautiful, it's ceremonial and elegant — it elevates a moment."
Oysters offer a unique, salty flavor profile, and, like a martini, eating them is an almost ceremonial experience. The stiff, clean, dry nature of a martini, often garnished with an element of brine, allows that quintessential umami flavor of the oyster to shine without being overpowering, and Tucci recommends eating them as Oysters Rockefeller (baked in a rich, buttery sauce).