Marcella, Marcella…

Because of you, my gastronomic life is forever changed.  Of course, I’m talking about Marcella Hazan, the Italian cooking maven. 

Marcella is in my head now and no matter what I make, she’s talking to me, advising me, berating me if I don’t bother to peel the tomato or bell peppers.   Even so, each time I go back to one of her books (and I love them all), I find new glorious things that I didn’t fully appreciate the first time I read it or made it.  She has given me a new cooking vocabulary with which I re-think everything I make.  I now utilize some of her techniques in my burrito recipe!   It is an interesting revelation that is made in her recent autobiography that we have her husband Victor to thank for the beauty and clarity of the recipes.  They are written so precisely and clearly tested and re-tested, and this was all at Victor’s insistence.  For example, when Marcella was putting together the recipes for her 1st book, she never wrote down precise measurements for ingredients.    So she had to re-cook everything in the book in order to figure out how much of each thing “looked right” to her.   She wrote in Italian, so the beautiful prose is Victor’s.  Thank you Marcella and Victor!  Grazie!

Categories: Cooking

One Response so far.

  1. Lila Kaplan says:

    Sure sounds good, much better than what I fix for myself every night.

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