Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian might just be the only Italian cookbook that you will ever need. Written by Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens (owners of the beloved Brooklyn restaurant Franny’s) and food writer Melissa Clark, the book is full of recipes that have quickly become part of our weekly dinner rotation.
When I first heard that the chefs at Franny’s had released a cookbook, I was intrigued. Famous for their pizza (Alice Waters says it is the best in New York and Alain Ducasse lists the restaurant among the world’s 101 best places to eat), I knew that Franny’s recipes would stand apart… but I was still hesitant. Who has time to make complicated dishes with a toddler underfoot? However, when I saw that the recipes were based on seasonal ingredients and simple techniques, I was hooked.
Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian does not disappoint. The recipes are, to quote Alice Waters, “shockingly straightforward.” We love the crostini section, filled with recipes using fava beans, cherry tomatoes. zucchini and roasted peppers. Tip: look here for the perfect menu for your next cocktail party. But the pasta section, oh the pastas! Where to begin? Bucatini Fra Diavolo, Spaghetti with Chickpeas, Linguine with Meyer Lemon. They are all so good, so simple and so easy to throw together for a family feast. I am even inspired to try to make pizza at home, although I think I will leave their famous clam pizza to the experts! Can’t wait to whip up one of Franny’s dishes? Try their recipe Rigatoni with Spicy Salami and Tomato courtesy of Tasting Table.
This is truly a family-friendly cookbook. In fact, Feinberg and Stephens make many of these dishes at home for their family. Favorites include the Spaghetti with White Puttanesca and Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, Chiles and Colatura di Alici. There are many options for the kids, including the Fried Green Tomatoes and Broccoli Soup. Chances are you will have the ingredients for most of these recipes in your kitchen already – perfect for your next family dinner!