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Perfect gift for anyone!,
This review is from: Hazan Family Favorites: Beloved Italian Recipes from the Hazan Family (Hardcover)
It's very rare that a cookbook comes along that is as engaging a read sitting in the living room as it is a guidebook in the kitchen. With "Hazan Family Favorites," Giuliano Hazan has not only created a spectacular array of dishes you will want to make over and over, but the stories and commentary that accompany many of the recipes create a fascinating portrait of an illustrious culinary family whose history and shared lives were anchored by the kitchen. (His observations on the potato pancake recipe found in his mother, Marcella's, vintage notebook taken in turn from her own mother's Italian tradition being identical to a traditional hanukah recipe he makes yearly with his wife and daughters, is priceless). Among the many standout recipes are Risotto with Eggplant, Baked Tomatoes and Farfalle with Sausage and Peas, to begin a long list. Like Hazan's charming storytelling, the recipes are clear and elegant, and the book itself, with its retro photos, is gorgeous. Mostly cookbook, a bit of memoir, "Hazan Family Favorites" puts cooking where it is meant to be--among people gathering together--and it makes the perfect gift for that next large or small gathering.