Amarcord by Marcella Hazan
Marcella Remembers

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Beloved teacher and bestselling cookbook author Marcella Hazan tells how a young girl raised in Emilia-Romagna became America's godmother of Italian cooking

Widely credited with introducing proper Italian food to the English-speaking world, Marcella Hazan is as authentic as they come. Raised in Cesenatico, a quiet fishing town on the northern Adriatic Sea, she?s eventually have her own cooking schools in New York, Bologna, and Venice and teach students from around the world to appreciate and produce the food that native Italians eat. She?d write bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, collect invitations to cook at top restaurants, and have thousands of loyal students and readers.

When Marcella met the love of her life, Victor, they married and moved to New York City. She knew not a word of English or what's more surprising a single recipe. She longed for the flavors of her homeland and attempted to re-create them. One day Craig Claiborne invited himself to lunch, and the rest is history.

Amarcord means I remember in Marcella's native Romagnolo dialect. In these pages, Marcella looks back on the adventures of a life lived for pleasure and a love of teaching. Throughout, she entertains the reader with stories of the twists and turns that brought her love, fame and a chance to change the way we eat forever.

 

About Marcella Hazan

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Recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards (from the James Beard Foundation in 2000 and the IACP in 2004), and a knighthood from her own country, MARCELLA HAZAN is the author of six classic cookbooks published over the past thirty-five years. She lives in Longboat Key, Florida, with her husband, Victor.
 
Published August 26, 2008 by Gotham. 332 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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behind the note that Marcella appends — “In the classic Caprese there is no vinegar, but Victor insists it is a required part of the juices in his version” — you can practically see the traditionalist rolling her eyes.

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In 1969 Hazan gave the private cooking class that launched her career as the Italian Julia Child.

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Entertainment Weekly

Probably only foodies will enjoy Amarcord, the crabby memoir by iconic cooking teacher and author Marcella Hazan.

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It is a pleasure to read a memoir in which life is a blessing (lots of fighting, too, but an elemental affection) complete with fractious in-laws, a bundle of joy --"It was he now, instead of Victor, who interrupted my sleep" -- the circumstantial birth of her cooking classes, and, oh boy, the food.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Publisher: Gotham Product Description Beloved teacher and bestselling cookbook author Marcella Hazan tells how a young girl raised in Emilia-Romagna became America's godmother of Italian cooking

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Sun Sentinel

What it is: Italian cookbook author and culinary instructor Marcella Hazan retired with her sixth book, the chatty Marcella Says published in 2004, leaving fans somewhat saddened and wanting more.

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California Literary Review

why doesn’t a coffee cake have coffee?” Yet considering the book has been written by someone who has devoted her life to cooking, it is striking how little account or specificity Hazan devotes to food in the book – and how little she remembers of what she has eaten.

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