Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Book - 1992
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Here--in one volume--the authentic, delicious recipes and foolproof techniques that made Marcella Hazan's masterpieces, The Classic Italian Cookbook and More Classic Italian Cooking, the most acclaimed, consulted and enjoyed cookbooks in their field. Revised throughout--updated and expanded with a revision of all recipes to reduce the fat content, new entries, and 50 new recipes.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1992
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780394584041
039458404X
Branch Call Number: 641.5945 Ha
Description: xi, 688 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Smartjanitor
Jun 14, 2017

This is a readable, very useful textbook and cookbook from that master of Italian cooking, Marcella Hazan. Hazan anticipates the difficulties you may face when cooking and gives you strategies up front. Her short essays on ingredients--the structure of eggplant, for example--are most helpful.

MaxineML Nov 22, 2013

One of my go-to kitchen cookbooks. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking was the first traditional Italian cookbook available in North America and started the love affair that North America has with Italian cuisine. This cookbook goes through every course you could want; salads, soups, pasta, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, desserts, risotto and more. There may not be large, glossy, color photos in this book, but it more than makes up for it in style, attitude and general cookery awesomeness.

Marcella goes through the fundamentals of Italian cooking (never use a garlic press! Never!), the items you should always have in your pantry (butter, anchovies, olive oil and parmesan cheese), how to store them, the different shapes of pasta and which sauces go with each shape. I've used Marcella's stew, risotto, pasta sauce and soup recipes and all are fabulous. My go-to recipes from this book are: Lentil soup (variations are easy for this recipe, customize it based on what you have in the fridge. Protip: add a parmesan cheese rind to it), and tomato pasta sauce (lots and lots of fresh oregano). But what makes this book a gem is how thorough and comprehensive it is. Truly, for those cooks who love Italian food, this is a must-have on your shelf.

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toby1kenobi
Jun 30, 2010

Check out the bolognese sauce recipe. It takes time and dedication but is delicious!

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