Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights native son planning 2nd book

October 31, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Anthony LoFrisco vows to finish his second book by the time his 85th birthday rolls around in July. Photo courtesy of Trylon Publishing

Surprised and gratified by the response to his cookbook-memoir, 84-year-old Dyker Heights native Anthony LoFrisco has revealed that he is busy writing his second book.

LoFrisco, whose book “The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn,” has generated a great deal of positive buzz, said an article about him that appeared in the Brooklyn Eagle last week got him thinking.

“You should know that your observations together with the many favorable comments I have received about my stories, triggered my decision to write a memoir of sorts — no recipes. The manuscript will be finished before my 85th birthday in July,” LoFrisco, a lawyer, told the Eagle in an email.

LoFrisco’s book was published earlier this year by Trylon Publishing LLC.

“The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn” contains more than 100 recipes that LoFrisco’s mother Josie cooked when he was growing up in Dyker Heights. 

The book is also sprinkled with stories from LoFrisco’s life as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and 1940s.

“Life along 13th Avenue when he and I were kids was full of innocence and fun. We’ve always said that it was a great place to grow up and a great time to be kids,” said Frank DeRosa, a life-long friend of LoFrisco’s.

LoFrisco was born in 1933. His dad was an NYPD officer and his mom, the famous Josie in his book title, was a stay-at-home mom. “Neither graduated from grade school,” he told the Eagle.

A few years ago, LoFrisco set out to write down his mother’s recipes, like her fried leftover spaghetti dish, so that he could share them with his children and grandchildren.

“As I went through various recipes trying to decide which I should include, I couldn’t help but call to mind the context of the recipes and the memories they brought to mind,” LoFrisco said, explaining how he came to include stories of his life in the cookbook.