Cooking Italy

I am no longer hosting Cooking Italy, which was a cooking group preparing classic Italian dishes from  Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking and occasionally another Italian expert. I can’t recommend this cookbook highly enough. The Village Voice placed it in the top ten all time cookbooks, which is incredible for a book that doesn’t have one single picture. However, you may choose to browse the many recipes we completed or any Italian recipe from Spinach Tiger by browsing the category section, Marcella Hazan Recipes and Italian Recipes.

Recently, Marcella Hazan’s son, Guiliano Hazan completed a new cookbook, featuring family recipes, many of which come right from the kitchen he grew up in. I did an interview with Guiliano here,  and I reviewed this latest book, Hazan Family Recipes, here.

I grew up under an amazing umbrella of great Italian home cooks. I am often disheartened at what passes for Italian food in America. I want to encourage others to forget what they have learned about Italian food and learn classical Italian cooking, where the recipes are uncomplicated and success relies on balance and taste.

Marcella Hazan passed away at home on September 29, 2013. She was a living legend and touched the world with her cookbooks. One of the gals in our former cooking group expressed it so well when she said it was like losing an aunt.

Some of my very favorite Marcella Hazan dishes include:

The Legendary Butter Tomato Sauce with Homemade Gnocchi

Rosemary Focaccia

Parmesan Lamb Chops

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Potatoes with Pesto