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Giuliano Hazan is the son of famed Italian cookbook writer Marcella Hazan. He runs a cooking school in Verona, Italy, with his wife and won the International Association of Culinary Professionals award for Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2007. He is a contributor to Cooking Light magazine and author of The Classic Pasta Cookbook, Every Night Italian, and How to Cook Italian.
Posted June 9, 2012
Giuliano’s Hazan Family Favorites—Beloved Italian Recipes—lives up to its title and much, much more. In the book, Giuliano re-creates his childhood taste memories, shares his rich culinary heritage, and describes the food he prepares at home today. Eminently usable, the book will appeal to a broad audience—from novices to experienced cooks. His family is well-travelled and there are recipes from the entire Mediterranean basin. Italy’s regions are well-represented. Dishes range from Piedmontese Savoy Cabbage and Bean Soup to a Sicilian-inspired Risotto with Eggplant. You will venture into the homes of the women who influenced his cooking—his grandmothers and mother Marcella. His grandmothers on both sides settled in Emilia-Romagna, nicknamed “the belly of Italy.” Nonna Mary was a resident of Cesenatico, a fishing village on the Adriatic, and Nonna Giulia lived in nearby Cesena, before moving to New York. Of Giuliano’s five cookbooks, this is the most intensely personal. The family photos span three generations. There are poignant anecdotes and even a hilarious tale of live lobsters jumping off an outdoor grill in Maine. As always Giuliano’s book is well-organized and the instructions are easy to follow. There are valuable cooking tips—for instance in the Photo-Shoot Chicken recipe, the first one I tried, he says “The trick to getting moist breast meat is simple. Cook it less than the dark meat.” A tribute to the cooks who taught him, the book captures the Hazan family spirit. The full color food photography by Joseph De Leo is spectacular.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2012
I purchased this new cookbook yesterday at my local store; I snagged the last copy.
I am already enjoying it and I have not even tried a recipe yet! It is a wonderful book to read, not just to cook from. It is like a foodie's memoir, starting with the Introduction by Marcella Hazan and the author's own thoughts, all the way through to the end. The book includes stories about each recipe, gorgeous photographs of the food, and is sprinkled with cherished family photos. Highly recommended. Reserve a copy online before you head over to your store or order online, since at my local store they can't keep it in stock.