Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Vincent Schiavelli RIP

I'm shocked to see how easily the obits skip over the veteran character actor's work as a respected writer on the food of Sicily. "Award-winning"? The dude won a James Beard award for his writing - the Pulitzer of the food world. When I still read Gourmet, I'd be entranced by his passionate, informative writing on the subject of Sicilian foodstuffs.

Schiavelli at the 2002 Oscars with wife Carol Mukhalian

Here's a nice press release for his final book , which I now feel the need to own.

Fine obit from Playbill. For the volatile, fickle profession of acting, "continuously employed" is a darn good legacy. His colorful, passionate second career in his 40s and 50s is equally good. Condolences to his wife, and his whole surrogate family in Sicily.


Anonymous Kaji said...

Thanks for the Playbill obit! The others I saw were definitely lacking. I picked up a copy of his first book out of curiousity, and because I like media-related cookbooks. But it is very good, if a bit intimidating for me.

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