If you live in or around or have visited New York City, you’ve likely been to Franny’s in Brooklyn. If you’re into cooking seasonal food from local ingredients, chances are you’ve seen or own the new cookbook Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian (if not, order it immediately). The amazing cocktails and the perfectly flavored yet beautifully simple pizza and pasta from this Brooklyn institution have created a die-hard fan base.
Two such fans, friends Ryan Reineck, a Living contributing editor and jack of all trades when it comes to anything creative, and Marjory Sweet, an organic farmer in Albuquerque, NM, created the blog Frannys Cover to Cover where they cook from the Franny’s cookbook, photograph the dishes and share their insight or margin notes about their results. The two used to live across the street from each other in Brooklyn and Franny’s was their neighborhood go-to. Marjory moved to New Mexico several years ago, and, when the Franny’s cookbook came out this past June, they came up with the blog as a way to virtually cook together and keep alive their tradition of sharing Franny’s food.
We think that the back and forth between the friends is so sweet, and we love the gorgeous photos, honest reviews and innovative tweaks (use a little less salt, don’t fry the zucchini too much, the whole dish would be great on top of a salad…).
Here’s an example: Ryan made the Cynar Orange cocktail on June 3rd:
Want to cook along with Ryan and Marjory? We’re giving away a copy of Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian. To enter, leave a comment between now and next Monday with your favorite seasonal dish and we’ll chose a winner at random. View the official rules here.