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09/29/2013

~Marcella Hazan (1924-2013): Paying Tribute to an Italian Culinary Legend, Famed Author & FB Friend ~

IMG_3269We foodies lost an important lady today.  Marcella Hazan, best known for her six cookbooks, which were translated from Italian to American by her husband of 57 years, Victor, died today. Those of us who were friends with her on FB received a simple message from her husband this morning.  I am glad to say I was one of them, and, she even commented on a few of my FB posts. Some of her comments to me were IMG_3273positive, others... not so much!

Julia Child (a lifelong friend of hers) once said, "she's forbidding because she is rough... that's her manner, but, she's got a good heart."  Truer words, as I came to find out, were never spoken.

Marcella, like, many Italian cooks, was very opinionated about her recipe being 'the one' correct version of the dish, and, was quite critical of the renditions of others. For instance, she was pleased with my Bolognese sauce post -- after all, it was based on her recipe!  But:

IMG_3277When I posted my recipe for my son's favorite ~ Jesse's E-Z Spatini Lasagna ~, a very Italian-American recipe, I got a tongue lashing from her which went something like, "I thought you could cook"!  It was indeed rough and insulting.  

I responded that I could indeed cook, and, told her that while I would never serve that lasagna to her personally, if it was my son's favorite, "that was that".  

She sent me a FB "heart"!!!

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2013)

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