Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

eBook - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. 

Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan’s most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals—it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella’s classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

Baker & Taylor
Provides an updated combination of two best-selling cookbooks--The Classic Italian Cookbook and More Classic Italian Cooking--with thirty-five new recipes, revised cooking instructions, and new menus. 40,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, c1992
ISBN: 9780307958303
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Kretschmann, Karin
Alternative Title: Italian cooking


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While pasta can be comfort food, this book covers a full range of delicious Italian dishes.

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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.

Jun 30, 2010

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


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