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Marcella Cucina - Really Cheap on Amazon - Buy?

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I just saw Marcella Cucina on sale at Amazon for $4.99 (used hard cover or paper). Is this cookbook going to tell me anything I don't already have in my two volumes of classic Italian cooking by Signora Hazan? It's just so cheap!

I'm also thinking of buying a cookbook from the Rose Bakery in Paris (something like breakfast, lunch and tea). Anybody have it and love/hate/don't care one way or another it?

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  1. I've seen the Cucina cookbook and didn't find it particularly inspiring.

    1. No. It's cheap for a reason.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        You mean they're not selling it cheap so that we home cooks can finally catch a break?

        Thanx for the info.

      2. yeah, I gave that Marcella to my sister who doesn't really like to cook . . . it's a dumbed down Marcella with some pretty pictures. blech.

        The Breakfast Lunch Tea book on the other hand looks GORGEOUS
        (it's published by Phaidon, an art book publisher)
        and delicious
        I would have it already, but my b'day and xmas approach so I'll wait . . .

        Jessica's Biscuit has it for $18
        http://www.ecookbooks.com/products.ht...

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        1. re: pitu

          Amazon has it for $16.99 in the "other sellers" section. It being the Rose Bakery Cookbook. And, as I said, if it's bought with Dorrie Greenspan, the whole deal is $46.99 (or something close to that, can't remember exact price)

          Why are they doing this to me? What have I ever done to them???? I'm going to have to move out of my apartment or rent a public storage for all the cookbooks I have. Even the trunk of my car is filled with cast-offs to be taken to the Oakland Friends of the Library.

          1. re: oakjoan

            ahh, but the Rose Bakery one is so PRETTY you can leave it out all the time . . .
            ; )

        2. Just goes to show you how different opinions can be. My two favorite Marcella books are "Marcella Cucina" and "Marcella Says". To call "Marcella Cucina" "dumbed down Marcella" is beyond my imagination.

          I have all of Marcella's books, I couldn't live without any of them. But "Cucina" is special.

          Here are some of my very favorite recipes from this book, and so wonderful:

          1) Scallops with Tomato, Garlic, and Rosemary
          2) Squid Braised in Olive Oil and White Wine with Spinach, Fresh Tomato, and Chili Pepper
          3) Broccoli and Potato Soup
          4) Stewed Shoulder of Veal with White Wine, Artichokes, and Cream

          They all have Marcella's simple elegance.

          I can't promise that you will find this book as inspiring as I do, but for $5, I'd say it's worth a chance!