Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Summary

The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. 

Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan’s most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals—it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella’s classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

Book Reviews


Classic book about classic food5 star

A must-have for anyone interested in the depth and breadth of Italian cuisine. Down to earth and well written instructions throughout.55


Marcella is the Gold Standard of Italian Cooking5 star

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?55

Brooklyn Brendan

The only Italian cookbook you'll ever need.5 star

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.55

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