The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
Peter Meehan, Frank Falcinelli
Workman Publishing Company
The Frankies (Falcinellii and Castronovo), lately of Carroll Street in Brooklyn and beyond, but born and bred in Queens, dedicate this satisfying and delicious book to their grandmothers, who inspired many of the 100 featured recipes from their restaurants. It's got a brilliantly simple recipe for tomato sauce, hearty menus for a Sunday supper, introductory chapters on tools of the trade, stocking the pantry and other essentials. These guys are famously unfussy and their just-do-it brio will appeal to any aspiring cook.