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The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Paperback – 1 Oct 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (1 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333570529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333570524
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With more than 100 illustrations by Karin Kretschman. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

MARCELLA HAZAN was born in Cesenatico, a fishing village on the Adriatic in Emilia-Romagna, Italy's foremost gastronomic region. After receiving her doctorates from the University of Ferrara in natural sciences and in biology, she lived and traveled throughout Italy. With the publication of The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking (brought together in a single volume, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking), her reputation as America's premier teacher of Italian cooking spread throughout the country. Hazan died in 2013. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
Updated in 2008

Still got this book, still discovering new recipes (tuna steaks trapani style). The best £15 you'll ever spend

This book is an excellent buy for all lovers of Italian food. It covers the entire spectrum of Italian cooking from starters to desserts via, bread, pasta, meat and fish to name a few.

The book starts with a fundamentals chapter for ingredients and tools and then you're straight into the cooking.

There are no glossy photos, but this is not a problem as there are many excellent diagrams to demonstrate various techniques eg. make fresh tortellini.

The book is suitable for beginners and experts alike as it allows you to decide how seriously you take her instructions (who rolls pasta with a one metre long rolling pin! )

Most recipes are complemented with short passages on its origins and her style of writing is pleasant and quirky.

I would reccomend this book wholeheartedly
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2009
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This books brings me back to the time I lived in Italy - it is full of the sort of recipes that are prepared in Italian kitchens everyday. There are of course the usual recipes for pasta, risottos, chicken dishes, and lovely vegetable recipes. There are lots of different recipes for each ingredient type - for example, there are about 25 recipes for veal, a much more common dish in Italy than it is here. The recipes are generally very straightforward and the steps are clearly set out. There are useful line drawings which show, among other things, how to prepare squid or fillet/bone chicken - somehow these seem more effective than photographs I have seen in other books.

This book is so encyclopaedic that you probably won't need another Italian cookbook. Highly recommended.
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A fantastic cook book with really user friendly recipes
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I am in the UK for 2 years and have this book at home in Australia. After a couple of months I bought another copy because I missed it so much.
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I bought this book for my daughter. If you want good Italian recipes - This is without doubt the book for you. I have the Classic and the Second Classic (which this book replaced)and have turned to them for years as THE books to own in relation to classic Italian no nonsense recipes. This book tells it simply the way it is. OK, it doesn't have pictures - but a small sacrifice as the recipes themselves are easy to follow and entertaining at the same time. It's as if Marcella Hazan is in your kitchen with you! If you were only allowed one Italian cook book - this one wins hands down. Buy it now - you will never regret it.
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Bought this as a present for my son and he says the recipes are authentic and excellent. Minus side is that it is a large book and the pages feel a bit flimsy.
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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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