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Marcella Hazan's "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" vs "The Classic Italian Cook Book" and "More Classic Italian Cooking"

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Marcella Hazan's "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" vs "The Classic Italian Cook Book" and "More Classic Italian Cooking"

Robert Lauriston | Sep 11, 2006 08:50 PM

"Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" is an inferior one-volume edition of "The Classic Italian Cook Book" and its sequel, "More Classic Italian Cooking," two of the best cookbooks ever. In "Essentials," butter and oil amounts were reduced arbitrarily and clearly without retesting. While most of Hazan's recipes are fine with less fat, some simply don't work as printed.

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