"CORDIALLY AND… BON APPETITO!": FIRST EDITION OF THE CLASSIC ITALIAN COOK BOOK, TWICE INSCRIBED BY MARCELLA HAZAN
HAZAN, Marcella. The Classic Italian Cook Book. The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating. New York: Harper's Magazine Press, (1973). Octavo, original pictorial tan paper boards, original dust jacket. $1600.
First edition of this Italian cookery classic, inscribed: "To ——- Ostrove, cordially and… buon appetito! Marcella Hazan" and additionally inscribed: "Cordially Marcella Hazan."
"French food has Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. Mexican, Rick Bayless and Diana Kennedy. Italian? Marcella Hazan, who emigrated from Italy to the United States in her early thirties, had no cooking experience when she started, and yet rose to become one of the foremost experts on Italian cooking. She wrote seminal cookbooks, hosted television shows, and influenced a generation of Italian chefs, among them Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali… The hallmark of her recipes is simplicity at its best—no need to gratuitously fuss about—and the results are sublime" (Food52). Though adapted for American kitchens and ingredient accessibility, Hazan's recipes offer mostly authentic options for everything from antipasti to desserts.
Book about-fine, dust jacket near-fine with mild toning and light wear to extremities. A lovely copy, twice inscribed.