Franny’s Cover to Cover


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:

On July 8th, Marjory made the same drink, taking into account Ryan’s notes .

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.

Comments (12)

  • Oh this looks like a fun cookbook…my seasonal dish as I live in California has to be anything off of the grill. My husband is rocking the salmon on cedar planks lately but I love some grilled vegetables as well.

  • Marjory! Looking forward to birthday cocktails with you in a coupla’ weeks.

  • My favorite seasonal dish is the wild sockeye salmon that is available in the summer. Grilled or cooked in a skillet, it is fabulous. Of course fresh tomatoes, eggplant and squash from the garden are a necessary accompaniment!

  • Favorite seasonal dish: Rhubarb Crumble.

  • I love Fall flavors of Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce.

  • Blueberry pie

  • OMG! I just went to Franny’s for the first time YESTERDAY! And I thought it was fabulous. The clam pizza is to die for! I’m still dreaming about it.

    That blog idea is wonderful. I’ll definitely check it out. The cookbook looks really good. Would love to win it. My favorite seasonal dish lately is pasta with tons of whatever vegetables are the freshest, a little olive oil, some garlic, maybe a sprinkle of red pepper flakes…delicious and so simple.

  • Love grilled skirt steak and fresh tomato salad with garlic and red onion in the summer!

  • Simple roasted asparagus spears… yum!

  • There is nothing better than grilled corn on the cob with lemon and Indian spices. I could eat it all day!

  • A simple shortcake, with fresh berries and whipped cream

  • Oh my gosh! What a lovely-sounding book. Bar none, my favorite seasonal dish is my summer showstopper: brown-butter tomatoes. (Next to a nice, bloody steak right off the grill.) Here’s the recipe: pour sizzling brown butter over fresh, sliced heirloom tomatoes, eat. Unbelievable!) I love a super-simple meal like that in the summer, but sometimes want to dedicate myself to a real recipe: “Franny’s” might be the best way to find my next favorite summer dish!

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