LO: You and your son wrote a cookbook together, Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto: Tony Danza's Father-Son Cookbook. What's your favorite meal to cook at home?

TD: We just cook Italian, but we cook everything. I want to do another book because I spend a lot of time on the road, and I'm by myself, especially like last year in Philadelphia. I want to do a book called Shopping and Cooking for One with Tony Danza, where I will show you how to shop. And, by the way, it should be a movement, because there are many single people in this world. You go to the supermarket, and you need celery, you gotta buy a whole head of celery. It's very difficult for single people. That's why they end up going out to eat.


I love to make soups. My father used to say, "There's nothing like a nice bowl of soup." One of my favorites is...ready? Broccolini, white bean and hot Italian sausage soup. I've used escarole. Escarole in beans is unbelievable, or you can use bok choy, any kind. You can really fool around. That's one of my good ones.

LO: Amazing. What are you working on now?

TD: I'm writing a book about [teaching], and I'm hoping of course that Oprah will pick it! No, I'm kidding. I sold the book to Crown under Random House earlier in the year. There's so much in the [school] year that's not on the show and so much of the stuff that I learned that's not in the show, and I wanted to write a book. Right now the working title is I Would Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year at Northeast High, and it's going to chronicle not only the year, but it's going to chronicle why I wanted to do it and the teachers and incidents in my life. It's going to be sort of a memoir as well, so I'm excited about it.

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