Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - Marcella Hazan & Karin Kretschmann

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan & Karin Kretschmann

  • Release Date: 1992-10-27
  • Genre: Regional & Ethnic
Score: 4
From 58 Ratings


A beautiful new edition of one of the most beloved cookbooks of all time, from “the Queen of Italian Cooking” (Chicago Tribune). A timeless collection of classic Italian recipes—from Basil Bruschetta to the only tomato sauce you’ll ever need (the secret ingredient: butter)—beautifully illustrated and featuring new forewords by Lidia Bastianich and Victor Hazan

“If this were the only cookbook you owned, neither you nor those you cooked for would ever get bored.” —Nigella Lawson

Marcella Hazan introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. In this, her magnum opus, she gives us a manual for cooks of every level of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals.
In these pages, home cooks will discover:

   • Minestrone alla Romagnola
   • Tortelli Stuffed with Parsley and Ricotta
   • Risotto with Clams
   • Squid and Potatoes, Genoa Style
   • Chicken Cacciatora
   • Ossobuco in Bianco
   • Meatballs and Tomatoes
   • Artichoke Torta
   • Crisp-Fried Zucchini blossoms
   • Sunchoke and Spinach Salad
   • Chestnuts Boiled in Red Wine, Romagna Style
   • Polenta Shortcake with Raisins, Dried Figs, and Pine Nuts
   • Zabaglione
   • And much more

This is the go-to Italian cookbook for students, newlyweds, and master chefs, alike. Beautifully illustrated with line drawings throughout, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking brings together nearly five hundred of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire in one indispensable volume.
As the generations of readers who have turned to it over the years know (and as their spattered and worn copies can attest), there is no more passionate and inspiring guide to the cuisine of Italy.


  • Marcella is the Gold Standard of Italian Cooking

    By chisoxfans
    The best of the best and this is the go to reference for all things in Italian cooking. Although I have many, many Italian cookbooks this one stands out as the “best” and if I needed to decrease my collection to just a single book this one, without a doubt, would be the keeper. I own it in hard cover, paperback AND this electronic version. What can I say?
  • The only Italian cookbook you'll ever need.

    By Brooklyn Brendan
    Marcella Hazan released two cookbooks in the 1970s, and then condensed them into this essential single volume in the early 1990s. It is every bit as relevant today, as it was in 1992. I won't bother to list the recipes in this book that have brought me joy over the years. But her Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter is a masterpiece. Elemental, and as simple and superb as anything Jony Ive would design. I consider it one of the essential cookbooks on my kitchen shelves, and even if the price seems high, you owe it to yourself and your family/friends to own this book. Really, it is that good.