Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Dec 19, 2006 05:40 PM

More on Marcella Hazan - Marcella's Italian Kitchen

Slightly contrarian opinion:
I have both Classic Italian books and "Cucina" and "Says"...but I find myself reaching for Marcella's Italian Kitchen much more often than any of the others.
There are recipes in it I have made countless times - Savoy cabbage rolls with ground beef and prosciutto, veal scallopine with hazelnuts, pork scallopine with onions, balsamic vinegar and raisins, etc - every time I open it I see more things to try.
Do not recall seeing the book mentioned here - and think that it would be a worthwhile addition to any collection.
Came out in 1986, still available as hardcover and paperback.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Interesting. I have the two Classics and Kitchen, not Cucina or Says, and I find I don't use Kitchen much at all. It's probably just habit. I know the other books so well and so many recipes have become standards, I guess I just keep going back to those two books without really thinking about it. I'll have to take another, more careful, look at Kitchen.

    1. I bought this book used to get her Green Lasagne recipe... I plan to FINALLY make it in January... :)


      1. I wonder if part if it is habit. I was a late-comer to the ways of Marcella and the first book of hers I got was Says and shortly after that Cucina. I cooked out of them 5 days a week for months before I picked up all the other books.

        There are probably a half-dozen recipes out of each of them that I cook regularly without even remembering where they came from now, but when I'm looking for inspiration, I always go back to Says and Cucina first.

        1. It was the first cookbook of the month and a lot of us cooked from it. I have been a Marcella fan since the first. Never made a recipe that did not taste good to spectacular.

          1 Reply
          1. re: faijay

            Actually Marcella's Italian Kitchen is different from her Essentials, which was the first cookbook of the month, no?
            And it is very worthwhile in itself.

          2. I like it too. Have you ever made the baked stuffed crepes? Really good.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Aromatherapy

              No, will try. A friend made the pasta roses (by hand...) - one of the most beautiful dishes I have ever seen, and delicious to boot.