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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcella Hazan Narrator: Concetta Tomei Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Marcella Hazan is known as America's godmother of Italian cooking. The owner of her own cooking schools, and author of bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, she has collected invitations to cook at top restaurants around the world.

Her story begins in Alexandria, Egypt, where an early childhood accident would alter the course of her life and bring her family back to her father's native Italy for medical treatment. In Italy, Marcella was fulfilling her ambition to become a doctor when she met Victor, the love of her life. After their marriage, they moved to America, where Marcella knew not a word of English or a single recipe. She began to recall and attempt to re-create the flavors of her homeland, giving cooking lessons in her tiny New York kitchen. Soon after, Craig Claiborne invited himself to lunch, and the rest is history.

Amarcord means "I remember" in Marcella's native Romagnolo dialect. Marcella, now eighty-four, looks back on the adventures of a life lived for pleasure and a love of teaching, and the twists and turns that brought her love, fame, and a chance to forever change the way we eat.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What is striking about this memoir is the quiet way that preparing food, something Hazan almost took for granted in her first thirty years, became the thing she had to offer the world.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hazan’s memoir is a terrific history of the expansive, postwar period when Americans were still learning the difference between linguine and Lambrusco, and an engaging chronicle of professional perseverance, chance and culinary destiny.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This story is a real inspiration to me, how a small town girl became the empress of Italian cooking.”

    Isaac Mizrahi

  • “Marcella Hazan’s memoir is as delicious as her food. Full of affection, friendships and deep connections to her roots, she ladles a grand minestrone into our bowls.”

    Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

  • An Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa Anderson | 1/3/2014

    " Loved the early part of Marcella and Victor's life. Towards the end she seems a little prima donna - ish. Pictures of wonderful and some famous people not even one of her only child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ruru | 1/2/2014

    " Not a bad read - very evocative of the period just before and after WWII in Italy. Don't read when you're hungry though (late subway rides home with this book were accompanied by much stomach rumbling)! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 10/30/2013

    " A good read. Not nearly as compelling as Julia Child's "My Life in France" but an enjoyable book from the woman who was instrumental in bringing true Italian cooking to America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 10/12/2013

    " A very personal memoir of interest to anyone who lived through the 80s and 90s when good food was serious for the first time and we were all learning to cook well and explore new cuisine at home. She should have titled her books..."more than tomato sauce" because we were all so naive and she introduced a new vision of Italian food you could not get in a restaurant. Marcella's cookbooks saved marriages. The behind the scenes view answers some questions I had - most mostly the "entertainment tonight" variety of questions. If you love her cookbooks, read and remember. "

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About the Author

The recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards (from the James Beard Foundation in 2000, and the IACP in 2004) and a knighthood from her own country, Marcella Hazan is the author of six classic cookbooks published over the past thirty-five years. She lives in Longboat Key, Florida, with her husband, Victor, her lifelong collaborator and writing partner, himself an authority on Italian food and wine.