- 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)
The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Paperback – 1 Oct 1995
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
This book is so encyclopaedic that you probably won't need another Italian cookbook. Highly recommended.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own the kindle version, and I have to say, its the best Italian cookbook I've seen. Every basic technique is outlined, allowing for creativity, but if you feel like sticking to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is better than i anticipated. I didn't realise it was a huge chunky book full of interesting recipes. I bought this book as a present for my partner and he loves it!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miss A. Elanganathan
Get your hands on this cookbook as long as it is still in print! A huge collection of authentic, very sensible and extremely yummy Italian dishes.Published 7 months ago by C Shop
The book has a manufacturing defect: a series of 16 pages has not been sewn together with the rest of the volume, to which the pages are free to go! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Antonio
My first cook book and I'm satisfied, I've done 2 recipes and both came out amazing. The book binding could have been better to ensure constant usage for a few years but other than... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Natasha
Not what I expected. Am passing it on to a much more culinary-savvy friend who will really appreciate. it.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic authentic book filled with true Italian recipes, my favourite recipe book ever!Published 11 months ago by Cat on the Moon