Actress Debi Mazar has her pick of craft service when she’s on set, but she still prefers her leftovers.
“I’m not a big grazer, I bring a lot of fresh snacks. I always try to use my leftovers,” said Mazar, who’s currently filming the fifth season of the TV Land series “Younger.” “I like to bring my food so my body knows what I’m getting. We’re always trying to cook fresh and figure out a way to eliminate unnecessary ingredients.”
Now you can eat like Mazar, too. The latest cookbook from the Queens native and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, comes out this week.
“Super Tuscan: Heritage Recipes and Simple Pleasures from Our Kitchen to Your Table” ($35) features more than 100 recipes that blend Tuscan and American fare, broken down by cocktails, antipasti, soups, salads, breakfasts, pastas, meats, poultry, vegetables and grains, and desserts.
“I have been here long enough that I have started feeling the urge to express myself through the ingredients and food that I grew up with,” said Corcos, who was born in Florence and came to the United States 16 years ago. “We’re not doing bastardized recipes, but incorporating elements from different cultures.”
In the book, that translates to dishes not usually associated with Italian cuisine, such as mussel chowder and oven-barbecued chicken wings (“In Italy, we make cat food with chicken wings,” Corcos said).
The goal of the book is to make home cooking easy and fun, the couple said.
“I’m not really a chef,” Corcos said. “For me, it’s about enjoying a meal with the people that you love, or throwing a party for everyone to have fun. These recipes, for the most part, reflect that.”
To celebrate the release of “Super Tuscan,” Corcos will be throwing a few dinner parties himself. This month, he will be serving dishes featured in the cookbook at his Windsor Terrace cafe, The Tuscan Gun. The four- to five-course dinners will be held on select nights from Oct. 13 to 28. Highlighted recipes include pasta with zucchini and brie; pasta with roasted squash and kale; eggplant rolls with potato gratin; and a mascarpone parfait with blueberries and limoncello for dessert.
The couple live in Windsor Terrace, too, with their two teenage and tween daughters, and regularly get customers at the restaurant who are fans of their Cooking Channel show, “Extra Virgin,” which ran from 2011-2015 and won a James Beard Award, and their bestselling cookbook of the same name.
“Super Tuscan” provides another peek into their lives in Brooklyn, alongside tutorials, cooking tips, kitchen staples and influences.
“I’m very much a homebody,” Mazar said. “We have so much fun in the kitchen together, between prepping together, cooking, having a little bit of wine, putting some good music on.”
When they do go out, Mazar said their go-tos include the Italian restaurants Il Posto Accanto in the East Village, and Bar Pitti in the West Village. But usually you can find them making dinner together.
“We always sit down and have dinner as a family every night,” Mazar said. “This book is truly how we live and how we cook daily, and we just want to share that with people.”