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Italian Cookbook

shenry Dec 17, 2006 10:14 PM

Ok, I need a great Italian Cookbook that covers all the basics. I'm not looking for anything really fancy, maybe even something that covers Italian-American style recipes. You know, stuff like veal and cheese ravioli filling, lasagna etc. What do you guys think?


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  1. Candy RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 04:47 PM

    How about Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking?

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      Velda Mae RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 05:48 PM

      Marcella is excellent and I think Essentials is a good place to start. I also like Marcella Cucina because its photographs are very instructive.

      1. DanaB RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 07:26 PM

        Third the recommendation for Marcella Hazan. With Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking in the kitchen, you really don't need anything more to make great-tasting itailan food. It definitely has recipes for all the things you are looking for -- i.e. ravioli, lasagne, veal, etc.

        1. funkymonkey RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 07:42 PM

          Essentials really is a great choice. I just bought it, because everyone here speaks of it so highly, and i find it to be a nice mix of simple recipes and some more ambitous stuff. definitely a keeper.

          1. erica RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 07:45 PM

            I agree about the Marcella Essentials book. If you want to buy a second one, I really like the North End Italian cookbook, available in paperback:


            1. Robert Lauriston RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 07:50 PM

              I prefer the original two volumes, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, to the later single-volume edition Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, since the latter dropped some of my favorite recipes and changed others beyond recognition, notably the bizarre ragu.

              1. oakjoan RE: shenry Dec 18, 2006 09:37 PM

                What he said.

                Even though I let my dislike of Marcella's smoking keep me from using her books as much as I would have otherwise, I've now forgiven her and love them dearly. They're old and gray, but beloved.

                Btw, does anybody know where I can find Marcella's recipe for pasta with 3 cheeses? I thought it was in one of these books but can't find it. I stopped making it many years ago to make my heart and arteries happy. Now that I'm old and gray, I don't care anymore (kidding).

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                  Candy RE: oakjoan Dec 19, 2006 12:14 AM

                  Long as the smoking is not going on where I can smell it or it infects my hair and clothes I can use her books. Besides, she does love her scotch!

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                    yayadave RE: Candy Dec 19, 2006 12:30 AM

                    This is a silly thing I've noticed about Marcella. It may have nothing to do with cooking. Or maybe it has a lot to do with honesty and living and cooking. I've noticed from "The Classic Italian Cook Book" to "Marcella Says..." she ages, where most cookbook authors seem to not.

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                  shenry RE: shenry Dec 19, 2006 04:23 PM

                  Thanks for all the info, I really appreciate it.


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