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Oct 9, 2006 11:13 AM

Marcella Hazan comparison

Okay, so I read the apology and began to drool. I have none of her books and was wondering - how does she compare to all the other Italian cooks with books? I already have Aldo Zilli, Valentina Harris, Georgio Locatelli, River Cafe, Umberto Menghi, is she so good that I need to invest?

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  1. Could I also add to this post that I am unclear on which book (Essentials or Classic) is recommended? I've never used either and would like to know which is preferable. Thanks!

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    1. re: Procrastibaker

      Essentials is a combination of Classic and More Classic, with some updates to the recipes and additional information added.

      1. re: FlyFish

        I prefer Classic and More Classic. Some of my favorite recipes were dropped or messed up in the combined Essentials edition.

    2. I would never be without ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING. Never.

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      1. re: Tom Steele

        My fave Uncle ONLY cooks from her books. He has long been considered the family gourmet. He makes it look so easy!

      2. she is the doyenne of italian cooking. you don't need anyone else if you can learn from her. others are interesting and good and inspiring from time to time - but she is it.

        essentials is the new and i think improved edition of the classic volumes. there are additional recipes but the main thing is that the older recipes were all revised to be made with less fat. i've been cooking along with her or as a result of her for 25 years and it's been the staple of all my cooking and my friend's cooking etc go and cook with her already.

        1. First, what apology? Second, I have both earlier Hazan Books (Classic 1 and 2). Do I HAVE to buy the new one? I have not been a great fan of Hazan over the years and have found my Ada Boni, Elizabeth David, and Batali to suffice. However, I tried her pesto truq and found it to be great - adding the cheese to the basil mixture by hand at the end. I DO NOT go for her addition of butter, though.

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            1. re: oakjoan

              If you have Classic and More Classic, there's not much reason to buy Essentials, especially if you don't own Marcella's Italian Kitchen.

            2. The only other Italian cookbooks I consult regularly are in Italian.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Faith Willinger knows her way around an Italian kitchen, especially w/ greens & other vegetables.