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Italian recipes with plenty of family history,
This review is from: Hazan Family Favorites: Beloved Italian Recipes from the Hazan Family (Hardcover)
Beautiful cookbooks on Italian cooking appear in profusion like truffles in Tuscany. Hazan Family Favorites follows the trend--it is a large-format high-end production, magnificently illustrated with great full-page food photography and sensibly laid out recipes. The layout of nearly all recipes is on single or facing pages for the convenience of the cook and ingredients are nicely listed in single columns at the edge of the pages. Preparation times are given right under the titles--you can quickly tell if you have enough time for it. The procedures are easy to follow even for less experienced cooks, and most recipes are not difficult. Many are Italian, others more familiar to us with an Italian twist (e.g. Italian latkes).
As the book title suggests, most recipes were gathered from family collections, some modified by the author, Guiliano Hazan. They are good recipes and you will likely to be tempted by many. This cookbook is a combination of recipes and family history with many family photos. The recipe head notes are often little anecdotes from Hazan's history throughout his growing-up years. For many readers and cooks, these may be overwhelming--there are too many of them. The well cross-referenced index is excellent. (As reviewed for Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review.)
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Initial post: Feb 4, 2013 7:22:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2013 7:23:23 AM PST
Your review was helpful, but I noticed no mention of any specific recipes you may have tried. My book is on the way, so if you can recommend some good recipes, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2013 8:08:14 AM PST
George Erdosh says:
I review many cookbooks for three different publications and rarely do I have the time within the short deadlines to test recipes. Sorry. Hope you'll enjoy the cookbook.
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