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The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking [Kindle Edition]

Marcella Hazan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Marcella Hazan is widely regarded as one of the greatest Italian cookery writers in the world and The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is her masterpiece, now reissued with a gorgeous new cover design. Aimed at cooks of every level, be they beginners of accomplished chefs, it is an accessible and comprehensive guide to authentic Italian cuisine and should find a place in the kitchen library of anyone who is passionate about good food. 'Has yet to be bettered … my copy is splattered with gnocchi, tomato sauce, gravy and oil, but I wouldn't replace it for the world. It does what it says on the tin, and more.' Kate Colquhoun, ‘The Best 50 Cookbooks’, Independent ‘Brilliant’ Heston Blumenthal ‘There are dozens of Italian cookbooks on the market, but The Essentials Of Classic Italian Cooking is the only one you need to buy. No glossy photos; just 700 pages of wonderful recipes and instruction in basics such as bread-making. And all with the kind of detailed teaching left out of books that give more space to pictures than to text. A classic.’ Guardian ‘Truly indispensable’ – Nigel Slater

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'My mother gave me a copy when I was in my teens and it's never left my side. It's full of very traditional Italian recipes and it not at all bastardised, like many Italian cookbooks. It's perfect for entertaining, too, as she suggests starters and desserts.'
--The Independent

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'If this were the only cookbook you owned, neither you nor those you cooked for would ever get bored.’ Nigella Lawson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3039 KB
  • Print Length: 737 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752227904
  • Publisher: Boxtree; Reprints edition (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071MPFRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She knows her onions - and everything else 3 Mar. 2013
If you're thinking about buying this book, just buy it. I can't say enough good things about it. Since my husband purchased it a few years ago, we've made several dishes from it and each one has been great. It contains a very generous number of recipes, so it's incredibly good value. It has all the old Italian classics - including the last word in ragù - plus lots of lesser-known (but nevertheless delicious) Italian dishes, such as the intriguing stuffed spaghetti frittata. It has antipasti, meat, fish, pasta, bread, pizza, vegetables, risottos, soups, sauces, salads, desserts - basically everything your little heart (and tummy) could possibly desire. It's also full of invaluable advice about equipment, produce and technique.

Signora Hazan (I'd feel a bit disrespectful calling her Marcella, even though that's how she's always been fondly referred to in this house - but don't tell her!) has an instructive, authoritative tone, and she certainly doesn't stand for any nonsense. The key thing for me is that she explains why you should or should not do things in a certain way. Like all great teachers, she wants to take the mystery out of it for you; she wants you to get it right. I'm not a very knowledgeable or experienced cook (to give you an idea, before I got this book I used to make bolognese with, among other horrors*, a stock cube) but I find this book easy to follow and I'm never disappointed with the results. It's not that the recipes are easy in themselves (some are, some aren't) - it's more that she explains things so well that you really can't go wrong. So you feel safe attempting things that are quite ambitious.

I find this book refreshing because it's all about the food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic 12 Oct. 2011
By seamist
I paid the full price for this in a high street bookshop and don't begrudge a penny of the expenditure. The recipes are deceptively simple - no esoteric ingredients, most will be in the fridge already, or easily obtained - and they don't take too long to cook. I have already cooked a lot of the dishes and in every case they have been absolutely delicious. Marcella describes how to make fillets from chicken breasts and points out that they can be used in many of the veal recipes. The pasta sauces are a refreshing change from the normal and remind us that vegetables, rather than just tomatoes, can be cooked down to a fabulous coating for pasta. Her recipes using courgettes made me hope for a glut in the veg patch!
For me, the lack of photographs is a delight as I prefer words and drawings, rather than photos of the chef and their friends/family, or stylized food photography.
If you aren't sure about this book because it seems too plain, I would urge you to copy out a recipe and cook it before deciding whether to send it back, as the proof really is in the eating! Personally I expect to be cooking from this book forever and it has joined the ranks of my Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so far, so good 11 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not used it extensively but I will say it's the first book that has had a carbonara recipe that really, really worked. Done a couple of other recipes from it, all rock solid as far as the instructions go and very, very tasty.
Does help I'm in Italy at the mo. using Italian produce, makes such a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly essential cookbook 22 Mar. 2013
I absolutely love this cookbook, it is traditional italian cooking at its best. Most of my cookbooks stay on the shelf but this gets used all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the great Marcella does it again! 16 Jan. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love her cookbooks and have the original 3. Classic Italian, Second Classic Italian and Marcella's Kitchen. One of my sons loves her books too and asked me a few years ago to get him the Classic for Christmas. Low and behold, it was no longer being printed so I got a second-hand paperback copy which was clean, if yellowed with age. It was flimsy and the recipes did not appear as they had in the first editions. I could have kicked myself for having paid $45 for this. Now finally this new edition has come out with some changes but, more or less, it reads like the first. My son and daughter-in-law are very pleased to have it. I haven't gone through it in any depth but what I did notice is that Marcell's suggestions of what to serve (first course, vegetables, desserts....whatever) with her main recipes are missing. Pity because I found that extremely helpful when preparing a full italian meal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Cookery Bible 11 Nov. 2013
By Alison Towers VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the one must have Italian Cook book. I have had it in hardback for a while now, and it is getting very dogeared and mucky, covered in various ingredients that got transferred off my hands in use, so I now have it on Kindle, and can display pages in huge print on my laptop I can see clear across the kitchen now. It explains all the basic of Italian cookery and has the standard recipes you need. You're in the hands of the master when working with this tome, and if you love Italian food, then you just can't be without this book on your shelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 19 Dec. 2012
By Danni
Format:Kindle Edition
My auntie who is married to an Italian recommended this book to me and said it was one of the best books she has. I now know why! She said all the recipes she has done have never failed her. The bolognese is the best I've ever done and she has lots of information regarding all of the essentials for cooking. No pictures but this is not needed as the instructions are so good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text - poor paper
Love the recipes and the detailed instructions, pity it is printed on such poor quality, unglossed, newsprint-type paper.
Published 14 days ago by Zozimus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
more than perfect
Published 1 month ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, this book
Love, this book. Everything have tried up to now is yummmy. The roast lemon chicken is the nicest roast chicken I have ever eaten.
Published 1 month ago by L
5.0 out of 5 stars with great
my daughter in law has made just about EVERY recipe....with great success
Published 3 months ago by Jan from Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars I learnt many things like adding milk to a beef bolognese
Superb introduction to cooking the regional cusines of Italy, and other detailed information on the recipies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vandana Summerly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and easy to understand.
An extremely comprehensive book on Italian cooking, for dedicated cooks as it's not full of glossy pictures.
Published 4 months ago by Mme Margaret Horwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Italian cooking
If you like Italian cooking , this book is a good bible to have, well used and well worth the money.
Published 4 months ago by keith braithwaite
3.0 out of 5 stars Book not suitable for Kindle
Love Marcella Hazan's books, but wouldn't advise anyone to buy it on KIndle. Cookery books on Kindle are fine if they have few recipes, the recipes are short, and/or the recipes... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margaret Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars The "go to" recipe book in our kitchen.
This is quite simply the most useful recipe book I have come across. I bought it after our first holiday in italy and I have cooked from it several times a week for two months. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Teach
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, cant put it down
Brilliant book,cant put it down! something of interest and flavour on every page,just not so helpfullin keeping the waistline in check !!
Published 7 months ago by Glyn
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