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The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual Hardcover – June 14, 2010
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There is a twenty five page section of photographs in the center of the book. Rather than focusing on the prepared dishes, the pictures depict people and surroundings with just a few shots of actual food. In a normal cookbook, where the pictures are often needed as a blueprint for the final product, sufficient information is provided within the text of the recipes so that the cook never feels lost - even to the number of turns of the peppermill.
The authors discuss the food and it is written so conversationally you'd swear they were speaking directly to you, explaining why something is done the way it is, how they used to do it and what personal touches the reader might want to try. It is a very special cookbook, although as the title states, more of a kitchen companion and cooking manual than standard cookbook. Yes, there are recipes, but to call them simply that seems somehow inadequate.
I prepared the Watercress with Fresh Figs and Gorgonzola salad (although,as suggested within the recipe, I used fresh peaches in place of the figs,) Ricotta Cheesecake and Eggplant Marinara. All three dishes were delicious and I encountered no problems with the recipes.
When reviewing cookbooks, if appropriate, I usually complain about the lack of photographs and the book's inability to lay flat open on a countertop, but although this book doesn't do either, I don't care.Read more ›
Although I will still make my own meatballs and sauce from my worn-out, olive oil-stained recipe book, I will make The Frankies' meatballs and Sunday Sauce with no reservations...I have no need to try anymore meatballs. I have now been to "Meatball Nervana."
Thank you to the Frankies for their great recipes. I look forward to trying more from this book.
Humorous, insightful, extremely well thought out and helpful.
Read the book, a fun read, to see how they want to lead you--and then go for it! Nothing is too simple for them to explain and make clear, which I needed.
Thank You Frankies for helping me impress the lady (who of course bought me the book)!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very good book I would recommend anyone who wants to make something interesting to buy this.Published 3 months ago by Jim
Love this cookbook....it's not often you buy a book of this quality....I look forward to cooking these recipes & with Frankies olive oil. Read morePublished 4 months ago by scattycat419
I live just up the street from Frankies, and can honestly say these recipes are exactly like they prepare them in the restaurant. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt
We go to Frankies in Brooklyn on a regular basis. We've been happily surprised by the number of direct recipes from the restaurant that they include in the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Ward
After enjoying a fabulous meal at Frankies 457, I had to purchase the cookbook. It is beautifully written and enjoyable to read. I can't wait to try out the recipes.Published 9 months ago by Leslie
Great Italian cook book with recipes from the NYC restaurant. I have visited the restaurant and the food made at home tastes very similar. I would highly recommend to anyone.Published 11 months ago by chirstopher l.
This book is about real Italian food, not about the kind of Italian food most of us non-Italian Americans cook and consider Italian. It is more than just a book of recipes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Judith