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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | Loaves and Fishes Cookbook

The Loaves and Fishes Cookbook ©1985

It seems everyone is headed to New York these days. Wait, let’s back track. People have been flocking to New York for ages. After all, New York State “was the most visited state by overseas travelers in 2014.” (I didn’t look for 2015:)

For the 14th consecutive year, New York was the most visited state by overseas travelers in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel & Tourism Office. A total of 9.98 million overseas visitors came to the Empire State last year, accounting for 29% of all overseas travelers in the United States. Florida remained #2 and California was ranked #3 among states in overseas visitation. (longisland.com)

I wasn’t thinking overseas visitors as “everyone,” I was merely heading traffic in the political direction. You know, “would be presidential candidates.” No, no, no, no bantering politics on this blog! We’re here for the food. Even presidential candidates have to eat you know. Apparently quite a few of the candidates couldn’t refuse some tasty New York bites. One had pizza, although he ate it very un-New York like:) Said person also ate “two plates of spaghetti bolognese, a sandwich with mozzarella, pickles, salami, provolone, and hot peppers and more in their travels…

I thought today would be a good day to introduce you to a tasty part of New York that I’m a bit more familiar with; Long Island. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve eaten my share of The Big Apple but Long Island is/was my home and these days I’ve really been missing the food. (and the ocean:)

I turn down a long quiet road with pampas grass growing high on either side, nearly masking the bay from view. Before me is the Atlantic Ocean and a hundred miles or more of fine, white sand. The beach this time of year is nearly deserted, but in a few weeks it will be alive with people.” (p. 20)

The Loaves and Fishes Cookbook was written by *Anna Pump the “owner and creative cooking genius behind the Loaves and Fishes Gourmet Take-Out Shop in East Hampton, Long Island.” (ed note: Anna pronounced Ahna is no longer with us. She passed away in October of 2015, her store is now run by her daughter)

Fresh Basil Frittata

If you’re a fan of the Food Network, in particular Ina Garten, you may have heard of Anna. Not only was she friends with Ina Garten, she was often a guest on her show. Ina first met Anna in 1979 while interviewing for a chef position at her Barefoot Contessa Food Shop in Westhampton Beach, Long Island. When she asked Ms. Pump to cook her something, Ms. Pump invited her to lunch where she cooked her a frittata.

…To this day, Ms. Garten credits Ms. Pump for mentoring her as she established her 2015 career, not to mention being the first person to serve her a frittata.

“I just remember meeting her and thinking, 'I want to be friends with this woman,'” Ms. Garten said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “When I met her, I didn’t know anything about cooking. She was incredibly warm and generous to me. Rather than being competitors, we were friends and supporters…” (source)

Salmon Frittata with Fontina and Fresh Dill

While we’re “visiting” Long Island, I thought it high time I introduce you to a recent addition to my collection, Long Island Food A History from Family Farms & Oysters To Craft Spirits by none other than our very own Long Island native T.W. Barritt host of Culinary Types.

Long Island Food ©2015

As T.W. so eloquently states:

”This is the story of Long Island’s historic connection to food. More importantly, it is the story of today’s pioneers, craftsmen and artisans who are forging a new food culture on Long Island. As a journalist and food blogger, I gain insights from the stories of individuals. What is history but a collection of stories about individuals and their accomplishments? It would be impossible to gather all of the stories that define Long Island food, but within these pages you will meet some of the individuals who are forging a new tradition. They are farmers, cheese makers, chefs, brewers, bakers, and entrepreneurs. They are the new curators of Long Island’s food history, and they are advancing our food culture with a healthy respect for the past as they put their own imprint on our next chapter. Through them, we can learn how and what we eat. In the twenty-first century, Long Island is a place where you can harvest heirloom tomatoes on a surburban farm, sweeten your yogurt with local honey or sip craft vodka made from local potatoes. Yes, we’re evolving beyond casseroles, but we haven’t abandoned our love of comfort food either. There’s always time for a juicy burger and shake or a plate piled high with fried soft-shell clams.”

Long Island Food is at arm’s length from my favorite kick back and relax chair. As much as I have acclimated myself to my new surroundings here in central Pennsylvania, every once in a while I need a taste of Long Island and T.W.’s book always manages to bring me home if not just for a little while. Thank you T.W:)

I had such a wonderful time joining Maureen's In My Kitchen last week. I "met" so many new bloggers and enjoyed each and every visit and visitor along the way. If you are even contemplating joining in on the fun, don't hesitate. Give it a try and see what happens. Everyone I've "met" so far has been so warm and friendly, I'm kinda sorry I didn't do it sooner:)

BTW: Today is National Scrabble Day! And, don't forget National Empanada Day


Thank you all for joining us for Cookbook Wednesday. I was gleefully surprised with all of your additions to the linky. Remember, you too can join us on Cookbook Wednesday whenever you like. Whether you are reviewing a cookbook (I’ll talk more about that next week:) or simply excited about a new addition to your cookbook shelf, add your link for all to see. You don’t have to post and prepare a recipe. You can just write about it and share a memory. If it’s cookbook related, we want to see it!!!

Cookbook Wednesday | Share Your Faviorite


Resources:
1. Which of These Candidates Is the Worst New Yorker?
2. Everything You Thought About the Presidential Candidates Is Confirmed by Photos of Them Eating Food








68 Nibbles:

Mae Travels said...

Long Island cooking sounds very interesting. You are tempting me to make some kind of frittata though I would try for one that serves only 2 or 3, not 12! I'm surprised the recipes are sized for such a crowd.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Poppy Crocker said...

Woo! Scrabble and empanadas. It doesn't get much better than that. Thanks for sharing and resurrecting Cookbook Wednesday!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Thanks for the kind words about "Long Island Food," Louise! So glad to have given you a chance to revisit Long Island whenever you like!

Kitchen Riffs said...

What a fun cookbook. I particularly like that basil frittata. But 15 eggs! Definitely a dish for a crowd. But next time I have a crowd for breakfast or brunch, I know what's on the menu. :-)

Dottie said...

Dear Louise,
Great post on Long Island and the food. I am so thrilled that I live on Long Island and have tasted the many foods that are associated with the East End of the Island. The ocean and the fish are awesome. I always try to watch Ina Garten, love her show and I think I have heard her mention Mrs. Pump on occasion. That cookbook called Loaves and Fishes sounds like a keeper for sure, loved the frittata recipes. I would love to check out T.W. Barritt's book..sounds like I would enjoy this one, especially that I live on Long Island. This has been a fun post and an interesting one. Thanks for always sharing such downhome info with us. (It is funny Rachael Ray made this morning had a potato, bacon, and leeks frittata..looks so good too.) Have a beautiful day dear friend...
Hugs Dottie :)

Alida said...

Love that fresh basil frittata and that salmon frittata looks interesting too.. they use so many eggs! These days recipes have gone lighter haven't day? or maybe they had lots of people to feed.
Hope you are well Louise, nice to see your lovely posts again. Ciao!

Marjie said...

Local cookbooks are always so entertaining, aren't they, especially when written by an eatery you know and love, like Anna's. These both look like wonderful cookbooks, but I particularly love the title "Loaves and Fishes." Happy Wednesday, Louise, and I"ve linked up!

Shirley Tay said...

My two men at home are huge fans of eggs & I would make all kinds of eggs to please them. I'll be having a BBQ party this weekend & will be making some egg muffins as well. The frittata idea is great for parties too! xoxo

Geraldine Saucier said...

What a great cookbook. I could sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy reading every recipe.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

You make me want to visit Long Island more because to be honest, I don't do it very often! I am loving the cookbook design of the first book too - gorgeous!

Janet Rudolph said...

Love this post, and it's so much fun to 'meet' a new cookbook..or two. I'm off to the Big Apple in a few weeks, but not Long Island..still..your post is setting the scene.

Mae Travels said...

Alas, the spammers have discovered the linky tool. There's nothing but an advertisement on the one that says "Hi there." Nothing to do with Cookbook Wednesday. Sad. I hope it doesn't get worse than that, at least the content of the ads isn't offensive.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Juliana Levine said...

Another fun cookbook Louise...I love frittata, and somehoe have not made one for a while...the recipes sound delicious, I just need to adjust the amount...
Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

Mae Travels said...

So glad you were able to get rid of it, Louise!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Louise, yes I remember Anna, she had a store by the name of Loaves and fishes. So sorry she has passed. I've only been to New York once and did not get to Long Island, wanting very much to go back again. Will have to pick up a copy of that cookbook, love frittatas.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really hope to visit Long Island someday. It is on my bucket list!

Helene Dsouza said...

Hi Louise.
We always hear of Long Island in NY, but of course that was it, I have never visited the American Continent. Your view make it sound like a lovely comforting place to be. So If you have special food dishes local to long island, do you have then special local dishes from Brooklyn, Manhattan etc too?

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Mae,
Long Island Food is quite diverse as are most places in New York. I'd love to try the Salmon Frittata on a smaller scale too. Perhaps the recipes are for larger quanities because many of them were used in her store. I'm sure most can be scaled.

Thanks for visiting Mae and for joining Cookbook Wednesday!

~~louise~~ said...

It sure doesn't Poppy! Thank YOU!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you, T.W. I really enjoy reminiscing and discovering Long Island's diverse food culture. When is your next book, lol...?

~~louise~~ said...

I know John, and those recipes were for less serving than some of the others, lol...definitely good for a breakfast crowd though:)

Dawn Yucuis said...

Hi Louise. I have never visited New York. It is on my bucket list to visit New York City, so hopefully one day. I enjoyed reading about Ina Garten. Also I have never eat or made a frittata, I really need to change that one. Hope you have a great weekend!

Cakelaw said...

I wish I was back in New York. I have never been to Long Island, but perhaps I should make it my business to check it out when I am next there.

Barbara said...

Nice story about Anna Pump and Ina Garten. I hadn't heard that one.
Great news about TW's book...don't know where I've been, but didn't know about it. And nobody knows more about Long Island food that TW!
Thanks for the great info, Louise!

Marcela N said...

I moved to NYC a few months ago but still didn't see Long Island... planning to go there really soon :)

Kathy said...


I love this post, Louise. Having lived for more than 20 years on LI…I have wonderful memories. Since, my daughter and son have houses on the East end, I visit quite often. I was told, that once Long Island gets into your blood…you will always love it. I think that may be true. I still think of returning, although now it would be because of my grandkids.
Great cookbook choices…and your memories of growing up are very similar to mine. Always a ride after church. We also would go to the bakery to pick up some wonderful sweet rolls to enjoy. Have a great week!! Thanks for sharing!

Catherine said...

Dear Louise, LI certainly is a beautiful place. I miss all the farms we used to have though. I remember going with my mom to the many farm stands.
Everyone seems to have discovered LI.
It is a wonderful post about a great place.
I hope all is well and please give Marion my best.
xo Catherine

Margaret Ullrich said...

Hi, Louise!
My husband Paul particularly enjoyed this post. He spent his summers in East Hampton during the 50s and 60s. It was a simpler place back then and he was surprised to see that there are now gourmet spots in his old ‘hood.
My favourite New York street food was knishes :-)

Thanks for the memories - Margaret at http://imturning60help.blogspot.ca

Sherry Mackay said...

12 eggs in the frittata? phew that's a fair few. it must feed an army. i do love local and community cookbooks - always such fun to see how the locals cook.

Simple Letters said...

Although this place is probably not cheap, but they are centrally located, have fabulous staff and delicious food, and most importantly, the best views of the city. I would definitely recommend this event venue for any kind of fancy event – all my friends talked about throwing parties here only.

Beth said...

Great reviews - I've visited New York many times but never made it to Long Island. I hope I make it there someday!

grace said...

that recipe for basil frittata would make the biggest frittata i've ever seen! :)

Gloria Fernandes said...

Such a lovely post...i love the frittata especially the basil onee

Pam said...

That basil frittata with two sticks of butter must have been decadent and delicious!

~~louise~~ said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Dottie. When you get a chance you should check out T.W.'s book. I imagine it would be at the library. It has a wealth of information that even as a lifetime Long Islander I didn't know! I hope you get to enjoy the frittata. I plan on trying it as soon as my basil grows!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Isn't it amazing how much recipes have changed over the years, Alida. I suppose it's all relative:)

~~louise~~ said...

Local cookbooks are usually filled with surprises Marjie. As you can see from the comments, this one is hefty in eggs and butter!!!

~~louise~~ said...

The Frittata would make a GREAT party dish, Shirley. Good idea, thanks!

~~louise~~ said...

That makes two of us Geraldine!

~~louise~~ said...

You know Pamela, I was surprised no one else mentioned that cover design. I LOVE it too!!!

I hope you make it to Long Island more often. T.W.'s book would be a wonderful guide. YOU would LOVE it!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Janet. Have fun in the city, you lucky girl, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

I think the recipe would be easy to adjust, Juliana...Hope you get to try it. Enjoy:)

~~louise~~ said...

I do hope you get to revisit, Cheri...Make sure you visit Long Island when you do:)

~~louise~~ said...

I hope you do, it's worth the visit. Thank you so much for visiting...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Helene! It's wonderful to "see" you! I'm surprised to learn you here about Long Island where you live. It is a wonderful place to live or visit especially if you like the ocean:) New York is such a diverse place so yes, there are special dishes for each and every borough as well as neighborhoods:) Hopefully, one day you will get to visit:)

~~louise~~ said...

HI Dawn:)
I do hope you get to visit New York City one day Dawn. It really is one heck of a place!!! As for the frittata, you need to make one ASAP!

~~louise~~ said...

The next time you visit New York, Gaye, try to get to Long Island. You're in for quite a surprise!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I was surprised to learn about Anna and Ina too, Barbara. I hadn't known before researching. T.W.'s book is fabulous! You would LOVE it!

~~louise~~ said...

I didn't know you moved to NYC, Marcela. That's wonderful!!! I hope you get to visit Long Island soon:)

Katerina said...

I know that people who have lived close to the sea find it hard to live away from it! I love the frittatas and the story of Anna! Have a beautiful week dear Louise!

sonia de macedo said...

Well, don't judge me but when I went to NYC all I remember consuming was a minestrone (I think) soup and scrambled eggs with crispy tortilla pieces/strips. I also consumed far too many caipirinhas hence why I only remember eating breakfast or brunch lol. I remember we went for pizza and for some damn reason I said no. I've actually never shared that with anyone because it is so embarrassing. Who goes to NYC and doesn't eat pizza! I did go to Fenway Park and have those hotdogs with peppers though. Sadly they weren't great, even my cousins who are regular consumers said something was off with them that day. It doesn't make up for the NYC thing, but at least I managed something hahaha!

Sxx
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Tina said...

I have never been to Long Island and it seems like it's always been a place I wanted to see. Funny, living and growing up so relatively close I. Pennsylvania, but I never went to NY.
Recent we watched the movie Brooklyn and there is a scene where they are supposedly in LI before it was developed. Beautiful.

I have not made a frittata becUse it always seems like so many eggs for just two people. I ought to adapt that recipe for the two of us. Hope you are well.

I Wilkerson said...

That salmon & dill frittata would sure hit the spot right now! I'll have to keep the basil one in mind for when the CSAs give huge quantities of basil (I can only eat so much pesto ;-) ). Hmmm, I guess this is an appropriate read today for election day in New York!

Anna said...

Great book! Thank your sharing! :) healthoop

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Kathy:)
I was told the same thing about leaving Long Island and think it may true. Although I do miss Long Island sometimes, I don't have any intentions on moving back. However, if my grandkids were there, who knows:)

I forgot to mention the bakery trips. We would get hard rolls for dunking and jelly donuts from the bakery! Of course there was always Italian pastries too! Thanks for visiting Kathy...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Catherine,
Oh yes, I remember the trips to the farms too. Huge bags of potatoes and lots of cauliflower went into the trunk of the car for the ride home:)

Marion is doing well, Catherine, thank you:)

~~louise~~ said...

I can only imagine what East Hampton must have been like in the 50s and 60s. We moved to Long Island from the city when I was 5. I didn't venture to the east end of the island until I was well into my teens. I'd have to say hot dogs were my favorite Margaret but, they had to be Sabrett!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I know Sherry:) I guess back then serving sizes were much larger, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Beth:)
Hopefully one day you will make it to Long Island.

~~louise~~ said...

The more the merrier, Grace, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Glad you enjoyed it Gloria:)

~~louise~~ said...

I'll never know, Pam, lol...If I were to make it, I would cut down on the butter and probably the eggs too:)

~~louise~~ said...

It does take a bit of getting use to Katerina, very slowly:)

~~louise~~ said...

It sounds like you needed to hit the New York City food truck route, Sonia. Next time I suggest you try to find out where they are going to be and hunt them down!!!

~~louise~~ said...

When you come up for a visit Tina, if ever, lol...I'll be glad to take you to LI.

I'm going to try to adapt the frittata recipe too. We'll see what happens:)

~~louise~~ said...

I'm curious about that basil frittata too, Inger. I'd better get those basil plants growing, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Welcome Anna:)
Thanks for stopping by. Pop by anytime:)

Liz Berg said...

I'm going to dig out my copy of Loaves and Fishes. That frittata looks fabulous. Thank you for your kind words of condolence, my friend. xo