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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Italian cuisine, 27 Jan 2003
This review is from: The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Paperback)
In a world populated by books from "celebrity" chefs that I would not trust to make dogfood, this is the real deal. I use Marcella's books more than any others and quite simply when it comes to Italian food, Marcella is God, and this is the Bible. She is not the best writer in the world, though I like her personal and quirky style, and like some others (e.g. Elizabeth David) who write with authority and real knowlege, she can be quite quite bossy and almost pedantic at times. Her recipes are written with an almost scientific accuracy (eg 150 gm tomatoes instead of 2 tomatoes), which may irritate some more intuitive cooks, but she does it not because she expects you to work that way, but to ensure that you get the recipe right the first time you cook it. After that you can be guided by your experience and taste. The general tips and kitchen wisdom you pick up reading her books are simply outstanding. This book should remain an inspiration and an adventure for many years, as nearly every recipe is delicious and unlike most books the recipes nearly all cook better than they read, and believe me they read pretty darn good too. You could cook from this book for the rest of your life. Anyone with more than a passing interest in food needs Marcella's books. Start here.
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