With the publication of the bestselling Classic Italian Cookbook and Second Classic Italian Cookbook, Marcella Hazan deservedly became one of the most respected and best-known cookery writers in the world. Now, a new generation of cooks is ready to master the art of Italian cooking at home and their bible will be this combined and expanded volume, The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.
Marcella Hazan was born in 1924 in the village of Cesenatico in Italy. She earned a doctorate in natural sciences and biology from the University of Ferrara. In 1956 she married Victor Hazan, an Italian-American who subsequently gained fame as a wine writer, and the couple moved to New York City a few months later. She now lives in Longboat Key, Florida. She is widely considered by chefs and fellow food writers to be one of the foremost authorities on Italian cuisine.