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A wonderful book, absurd price. Why no subsequent editions?
on November 20, 2013
This is, indeed, one of the very best Italian cookbooks in any language, including Italian! But the price it absolutely absurd. I assume that's because it hasn't been reprinted. It is, in fact, as good as, or even better than the author's several subsequent works, and I assume the reason for the lack of subsequent editions of this book is to promote the sales of Marcella Hazan's later works.
This is a case of gross market manipulation, either by the author, her family, her publishers, or by all interested parties. If you have this book, and perhaps the sequel, "More Classic Italian Cooking," you have no need to buy her subsequent works, where she frequently abandons the "classic" path, and tires to be a bit more "modern." But modernity isn't Hazan's forte, and if you want modern, creative Italian cooking, there are many other authors you could choose over Hazan. The industry's solution, to make this classic work rare and out of print, so you are forced to buy her later, and to my mind, less distinguished works, in order to get at least some of the original Hazan magic, is highly unfortunate. I guess I'll just have to keep on using my old, greasy, tattered copies of Hazan's original works.