Thursday, December 29, 2005
restaurateur signs cookbook at Jennies Flowers
Maybe you were lucky enough this past week to be a recipient of a signed copy of The Main Course, a cookbook by Frank Grisanti and Sons, personally signed by Larkin Grisanti at Jennies Flowers and Gifts.
Larkin Grisanti, son of Frank Grisanti, was at Jennies Flowers Tuesday signing copies of the cookbook for a steady stream of happy cooks.
The cookbook, published by Wimmer Cookbooks, is also history of the Grisanti family restaurants in Memphis, Tenn., which so many northern Mississippians have enjoyed through the years.
Filled with favorite recipes from the restaurant, there are also stories -- the origins of the recipes and photographs of the restaurants and family members, with famous folk, including former President and Mrs. George Bush Sr.
The Grisanti Family: Serving Up Dreams for 96 Years heads up the beginning of the beautifully written and photographed cookbook that traces the history of the restaurants and the family since their arrival in America and New Orleans in 1909.
This recipe has an interesting story
Many years ago, when Catholics didnt eat meat on Friday, a customer came in craving a pasta dish without meat. At that time, the Grisanti restaurants pasta dishes all contained meat. The customer asked Elfo, Frank Sr.s father, if he would prepare a pasta dish without meat. Elfo Grisanti went into the kitchen and prepared a dish with pasta, butter, garlic, mushrooms and shrimp and topped with fresh Parmesan.
The customer absolutely loved the dish and came back the next Friday, asking for the dish again. The waitress said they didnt have a dish like that and the customer said it was a dish Elfo had prepared special for him. Voila -- the birth of the Elfo Special!
That recipe, along with Grisantis Italian Spinach, are probably two of the most published dishes appearing in Mid-South cookbooks.
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