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As the first episode of the last season of "The Sopranos" nears, it seems fitting to kick off the event with a proper Italian festa. Just as the Academy Awards have spawned in-home Oscar parties, Brooklynites can prepare their intimate "Sopranos" soiree with "Entertaining with The Sopranos," a new book written by Carmela Soprano (along with Allen Rucker and cookbook author Michele Scicolone).

Whether you’re a fan of Bobby Baccala (played by Bensonhurst native Steve Schirripa), Vito Spatafore (Bay Ridge’s Joseph Gannascoli), Carmela (Greenpoint native Edie Falco), or looking forward to Anthony Infante (Bay Ridge’s Lou Martini Jr.) making his debut, "The Sopranos" are always more fun when shared - over food - with friends and family.

That said, you’ll want to refer to chapters 4 and 5: "Come to My Home: Open Houses and Family Reunions" and "Dinner for Twelve" for helpful tips including wine suggestions and cocktail recipes; how to look good in family photos; dealing with drunken guests; and of course, recipes.

Baccala offers indispensable tips in Chapter 4’s "The Out-of-Control Guest," recommending a three-prong plan of action in dealing with the party’s "gavone": "Designate. Delubricate. Isolate."

But perhaps you’re feeling gloomy about the season’s impending end and would find comfort in Chapter 10’s "The Final Celebration" which has recipes for those important comfort foods: gnocchi; pasta and chickpeas; and broccoli rabe.

The final season of "The Sopranos" will come in with a bang on Sunday, March 12 at 9 pm on HBO.

"Entertaining with The Sopranos: as Compiled by Carmela Soprano" (Warner Books, $29.95) is available at, or can be ordered through, Barnes & Noble in Brooklyn Heights [106 Court St. at State Street, (718) 246-4996] or Barnes and Noble in Park Slope [267 Seventh Ave. at Sixth Street, (718) 832-9066].

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