This is a great little cookbook. There are 50 recipes for sweet and savory nuts that your guests will enjoy at any gathering or to give as gifts. Nuts are addictively delicious and good for you, too. They are the perfect nibble food for parties and easy to make. The recipes include such delicacies as slow-roasted Southern buttered pecans, rosemary walnuts, honey-cardamom almonds, coconut curried nuts, and Greek pistachios and pine nuts. Every recipe is better than the one before. (P.S. I am giving this book away in a future giveaway, so watch for it!).
But the reason this cookbook caught my eye was because it reminded me of someone special. Dominick “Dom” Lentini and his lovely wife, Mary, owned a store here in my hometown called “Some Other Nuts.” Dom was the epitome of the small town business owner. He knew everyone by name, followed the lives of the local children, and was always willing to support the village activities. One time when I was in the store and bought a good amount of nuts and other items, I realized I had forgotten my checkbook. Dom handed me the bags and said, “Don’t worry, dear, bring in the check next time you are around.” That’s the kind of man Dom was. He loved and trusted his customers. When the children of his customers had their photo in the local newspaper or received a special award, Dom would tape it up on the windows for all to see. Dom was a native New Yorker who graduated from NYU. He was so delighted when he found out my daughter Kara was going to attend graduate school there, and enjoyed telling her about all the things to do and see in New York City. The locals loved to come in the mornings for great coffee and read the newspaper. I bought all my nuts since the late 70’s from the store, and Dom always wanted to know what I was making. I don’t ever remember a time when Dom was not at the store. He loved his work and talking with his customers. And we all loved him back. I miss Dom and his wonderful store very much. He will never be forgotten by our family.