The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual

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From Brooklyn's sizzling restaurant scene, the hottest cookbook of the season...

From urban singles to families with kids, local residents to the Hollywood set, everyone flocks to Frankies Spuntino—a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens—for food that is "completely satisfying" (wrote Frank Bruni in The New York Times). The two Franks, both veterans of gourmet kitchens, created a menu filled with new classics: Italian American comfort food ...

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Overview

From Brooklyn's sizzling restaurant scene, the hottest cookbook of the season...

From urban singles to families with kids, local residents to the Hollywood set, everyone flocks to Frankies Spuntino—a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens—for food that is "completely satisfying" (wrote Frank Bruni in The New York Times). The two Franks, both veterans of gourmet kitchens, created a menu filled with new classics: Italian American comfort food re-imagined with great ingredients and greenmarket sides. This witty cookbook, with its gilded edges and embossed cover, may look old-fashioned, but the recipes are just we want to eat now. The entire Frankies menu is adapted here for the home cook—from small bites including Cremini Mushroom and Truffle Oil Crostini, to such salads as Escarole with Sliced Onion & Walnuts, to hearty main dishes including homemade Cavatelli with Hot Sausage & Browned Butter. With shortcuts and insider tricks gleaned from years in gourmet kitchens, easy tutorials on making fresh pasta or tying braciola, and an amusing discourse on Brooklyn-style Sunday "sauce" (ragu), The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Kitchen Manual will seduce both experienced home cooks and a younger audience that is newer to the kitchen.

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The title, the embossed cover,. and this book's gilded-edged pages seem elegantly retro, but there is nothing maudlin or obsolete about the cooking wisdom dispensed herein. The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual draws on decades of hard-won expertise by two topflight gourmet chefs and one famed cooking writer. This cookbook showcases the entire menu of Carroll Garden, Brooklyn's reviewer- and customer-acclaimed Frankies 457 Spuntino Restaurant. If the homemade Cavatelli with Hot Sausage & Browned Butter won't snare you, the Cremini Mushroom and Truffle Oil Crostini will.

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It is surprising to learn that Castronovo and Falcinelli are in their 40s. On one hand they are pulling off a 20-something hipster vibe these days, lighting up Brooklyn with their Café Pedlar pastry shop and the much lauded Prime Meats steakhouse. On the other hand, their new book, with recipes culled from the Italian eatery they launched in 2004, gives the impression that they are well into their 60s, with many a meatball under their belts. Aided by New York Times food writer Meehan, they have created a heartfelt tribute to red sauce dining, bound in an embossed, gilded, faux-leather cover. Their sauce is simple math: 13 garlic cloves into 96 ounces (six pounds) of tomatoes, plus olive oil, salt, and a dash of red pepper flakes. The meatballs are slightly more complex. Whether it's the handball-size baked version or the fried golf-ball-size, they are seasoned with white pepper and contain both pine nuts and raisins. Other hearty meat options include a pork braciola and sausage with peppers and onions. Vegetarians can get their sauce fix via an eggplant marinara, or pasta choices like gnocchi marinara with fresh ricotta or orecchiette with pistachios. A 13-page chapter entitled "Sunday Sauce" is a revelry in old school family dining. Described as "the meal, the menu, the way of life," the authors expound upon this traditional Sunday dinner of meaty sauce and pasta, listing all the essential ingredients, a time line for shopping and preparation, and a vital recipe for turning the leftovers into lasagna. (Aug.)
Christine Muhlke
…the Companion is also a greatest-hits collection of the restaurant's dishes, none of which turn out to be intimidating. Everything I made from the book, from a salad of celery root, fennel, parsley and red onion to sweet-potato ravioli in cheese broth; from meatballs with raisins and pine nuts to wine-stewed prunes with mascarpone, was surprisingly easy and just as delicious as what I've eaten at the restaurants.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579654153
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 198,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Castronovo trained with such culinary superstars as Jacques Pépin and France's Paul Bocuse. In 2003, he opened Frankies 457 Spuntino with childhood friend Frank Falcinelli. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Frank Falcinelli has worked in Michelin two-star restaurants in France, with chefs Charlie Palmer and David Burke in New York, and was a partner and chef in the New York hot spot Moomba. He lives in Brooklyn with his French bulldog, Frankies mascot Merlin.

Peter Meehan is a food writer and former New York Times restaurant columnist. His most recent book is Momofuku, co-authored with the chef David Chang.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Enjoyable kitchen companion

    This is not the usual cookbook. There are stories about grandmothers and family and each family's preferred cooking method for each recipe. The recipes I have prepared including the base for almost everything the "sauce" are very good. It's obvious that liberties have been taken over the years so I have felt free to do the same making substitutions when certain ingredients are not available. Try it and enjoy the stories.

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