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More on Marcella Hazan - Marcella's Italian Kitchen

buttertart Dec 19, 2006 05:40 PM

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. JoanN Dec 19, 2006 05:51 PM

    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. Dommy Dec 19, 2006 08:30 PM

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

      --Dommy!

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        bdumes Dec 19, 2006 11:27 PM

        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.

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          faijay Dec 20, 2006 02:46 AM

          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.

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          1. re: faijay
            buttertart Dec 20, 2006 05:09 PM

            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. Aromatherapy Dec 20, 2006 12:08 PM

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

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            1. re: Aromatherapy
              buttertart Dec 20, 2006 05:10 PM

              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.

            2. oakjoan Dec 20, 2006 05:38 PM

              I don't remember where I asked this question, but now can't find the thread and would like to know....so if you saw my question and already answered, sorry, sorry, and more sorry.

              I'm looking for a Marcella recipe for pasta with 3 cheeses or 4 cheeses (in any case, more than 2 cheeses)....anybody out there have it?

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