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Dec 17, 2006 10:14 PM

Italian Cookbook

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

    1. 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. 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. 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. 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: