Marcella Hazan moved to the United States in 1950 as a newly wed to her husband Victor Hazan. Victor played a big part in her culinary achievements. Firstly by being her inspiration. Marcella never cooked a thing as a child or in her young adulthood. Her studies lead her to become a biochemist and later a short career in dentistry. Funny how her life evolved into feeding the mouth and soul rather then repairing it.
Not only was Victor her inspiration to learn to cook but he as written every word in all of Italian cook books and in her most recent autobiography, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers. She spent much time in her early married years learning how to cook to please Victor. Regular calls to Italy to get recipes from her family helping her along the way. This developed into exposing American's to a new concept of Italian food. Much different to the spaghetti and thick red sauce concept most had in their mind at the time as Italian food.
The list includes:
The Classic Italian Cookbook
More Italian Cooking
Marcella's Italian Cooking
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Amarcord: Marcella Remembers
Amacord means “remembers” in Italian. Amarcord: Marcella Remembers did not have the best reviews but if you love Marcella you should have it for your collection.
She started her culinary career by teaching American's how to cook Italian food in her apartment in New York City. When Julia Child befriended her, Marcella’s popularity grew. She opened her School Of Classic Italian Cooking in 1969. My favorite of all her Italian Pasta recipes is her rendition of the traditional bolognese sauce recipe. She uses just a touch of cream, as you should, as well as a multitude of meats and vegetables.
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