Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook (Hardcover)

From Mom's Kitchen to Mine and Yours

By Frankie Avalon, Rick Rodgers

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250059130, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

List Price: 24.99*
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Entertainment legend Frankie Avalon has cooked his way from his mother's kitchen in South Philadelphia to Hollywood and Las Vegas. Here in his first cookbook are pitch-perfect recipes for such Italian classics as Tomato-Ricotta Lasagna and Three-Meat Sunday Gravy with Pasta, as well as unexpected treasures like Roast Pork with Fig Sauce and Pork Milanese on Kale Salad.

Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook is first and foremost a collection of over 80 of his favorite dishes, ones that Frankie and his wife Kay regularly serve to their eight children and ten grandchildren. Weeknight meals, Sunday suppers, and holiday feasts are all covered with must-have recipes—each one taste-tested by Avalons of all ages. And Frankie is a great storyteller, so delicious tales of more than five decades in show business pop up like meatballs in marinara sauce. Novice and experienced cooks will find a lot to love between these pages—dozens of heirloom recipes, mouthwatering food photographs, plus candid shots of Frankie at home in Southern California with his family and some of his favorite food places and pals in the old neighborhood in Philly, tips on Italian ingredients, advice on cooking for a crowd, and more.

Frankie's latest ventures include his food company, which specializes in prepared Italian food products, like rice balls and sausages, based on his heritage (his father was a butcher) and currently available on QVC.

About the Author

FRANKIE AVALON is one of the busiest nightclub performers in the country, playing the finest supper clubs and headlining top Las Vegas main rooms. He has a long string of gold record million-seller singles and albums, and 30 films, including Grease and Beach Blanket Bingo. Frankie lives in California with his wife of 50 years, Kay.

Rick Rodgers is a cooking instructor and the author of dozens of cookbooks, including Thanksgiving 101, Kaffeehaus, and The Carefree Cook. He has written many books for Williams-Sonoma, including Chicken and American in the Collection series and both Grilling & Barbecuing and Sauces, Salsas & Relishes in the Mastering series.

Praise For Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook: From Mom's Kitchen to Mine and Yours

"In this labor of love, future generations of Italian food fans will find something to sing about." —Publishers Weekly