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Marcella Says...: Italian Cooking Wisdom from the Legendary Teacher's Master Classes, with 120 of Her Irresistible New Recipes Hardcover – October 5, 2004
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These explorations are the heart of the book, but Hazan also supplies typically attractive, easily accomplished recipes, such as Rapini and Butternut Squash Soup, Spaghetti "Rotolo" with Zucchini and Bacon, Fish Fillets Marinated and Baked with Lemon and Thyme, and Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Apples--all written with her characteristic attention to detail. Her formulas also offer asides to help readers with technical and other matters. And, of course, there is Hazan's voice, her writerly acumen. This isn't icing on the cake, but a matter of making what is understood by the author best understood by her readers. Recipes aside, Hazan's graceful thoroughness is why her cookbooks are so beloved--and so often consulted--by cooks of all caliber. --Arthur Boehm
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It belongs to an elite class of cookbooks which explain how and why techniques we have seen on dozens of `Molto Mario' and `Naked Chef' and `Ciao Italia' shows for years, and explains them in terms which are easy to understand, practical to apply to new recipes, and make it easier to successfully improvise in cooking.
Marcella Hazan has long been the first among the leading writer / educators of general Italian cuisine such as Lydia Bastianich and Giuliano Bugialli plus the great regional specialists such as Lynn Rosetto Kaspar and baking specialists such as Carole Field. And, she has been doing it for close to 30 years, long before the current crop of excellent advocates of genuine regional Italian cooking.
This legion of writers have produced mountains of books on the cooking of great Italian restaurants, whole mountain ranges of books on cooking from the various regions of Italy, both individually and collectively, and whole libraries of great books on Italian influenced cuisine from transplanted Italiophiles such as Jamie Oliver and Rose Gray and Ruth Rodgers. And yet, very few of these books have explained much of Italian cooking with an analytical eye honed by decades of practice. The only book on cooking which comes close to this enormously revealing work is Paul Bertolli's book `Cooking by Hand'. And, even this excellent book suffers in comparison in that it overlays common sense techniques with the obsessions of a professional chef which a home cook will typically find much to extreme to embrace with an equal vigor.
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Her talent is in providing you the tips and insights -- in plain English -- how and why good Italian cooking can taste its best -- and these are techniques that can be applied to almost any type of cooking.
If you enjoy cookbook authors who have a conversational style of writing, but tell you the essentials of bringing out the flavor of ingredients that you can buy in your grocery store -- then Marcella Says is the book for you!
On the other hand, both were excellent and excellent together. I'm just going to trust my instincts about off-sounding details.
I own way too many cookbooks, and this is the one I keep reaching for. It just fits in terms of tastiness, time required for food prep and level of skill required. I came on Amazon today to shop for more of her cookbooks, as she does refer back to recipes in previous books, and this technique has worked on me - she has me hooked, I'm afraid.
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This is much more than a cookbook, it is a description of how one becomes an incredible cook. I've found the best way to learn about a dish is to cook it with someone who cooks it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Toni Vicalvi
I love her and all her recipes. My mother was born in Italy and since I went to school and lived there also, I know what really good Italian food is all about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nancy Hanson
If you spend any time in the kitchen, or you want to start spending time in the kitchen, you need this book. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by catrina
Nobody explains Italian cooking like Marcella Hazan. This is so much more than a cookbook -- it's a text book filled with wisdom, suggestions, and marvelous recipes. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Rosann Evans
I purchased this book as a holiday gift for my myself. Like I need another cookbook, I really ended up liking this cookbook with home-style and nicely favored cooking. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Susan E. Josephson
I studied cooking with Marcella in Venice in 1991. What I learned from her forever changed how I approached Italian food and cooking in general. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by jafb