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Marcella's Italian Kitchen Paperback – October 3, 1995
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Be clear that Ms. Hazan's devotion to an authentically Italian style of cooking does lead her to hold strong positions that violate some conventional American wisdom on Italian cooking. Some of these positions are easy to understand for anyone who has watched two or three `Molto Mario' shows, such as the banishment of bread flavored with butter and garlic to the realm of the inauthentic sham posing as `garlic bread'.Read more ›
One of the things I like best is Marcella's very precise instructions - she tells you how high to turn up the heat and for how long, how thinly to slice the garlic, etc. and she does so in a way that is very sensual and appealing to the smells and feels of the food. I also like her descriptions of the recipe and how it came to be...
for example, in her intro to the recipe for Fricasseed Chicken with Black Olives (a favorite), she talks about how her son invented it one night after seeing what was on hand, said "now all I need is a chicken" and how it reflects a young man's penchant for bold, strong flavors (black olives, vinegar, lemon).
Other favorites include simple tomato sauce, penne with mushrooms, and her tortas.
In summary, I have not had a bad meal from this cookbook!!
My favorite recipes are:
1. Roselline. This has become my husband's all-time favorite meal, which he always requests on his birthday and other special days.
2. Penne with Tuna and Roasted Peppers
3. Rigatoni with Spicy Sausage Sauce. So simple, so satisfying.
The only recipe that bombed was Sfogi in Saor. I gave this book four stars (rather than five) because I don't think it reaches the brilliance and unbelievable usefulness of Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Even so, it is a worthy companion volume and will receive lots of use by any food lover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cookbook has more wonderful Italian recipes that are easy to follow and are delicious to eat. I took a class from Marcella Hazan many years ago and was hooked on her recipes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Beth A Aversa
If you are a Marcella Hazen fan, you'll love this addition to your collection. I especially enjoy the number of good gelato and sorbet recipes in this one. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Thomas