This is THE standard for Italian cooking. Worth every penny.
I think what I like most about her is that she is unflinchingly old school. She'll tell you how to make pasta or bread with a food processor... but she'll also tell you it won't be as good. I love her cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - it's really the only one that I use for Italian food. Sometimes I'll check out Mario Batali's recipes.. but I know like him, most of the new Italian masters learned from Marcella.
This is a great article here and also David Lebovitz had a some funny memories on his facebook page.
What did I learn from her cooking? Don't be afraid to do it the old way. You don't need garlic in everything. Fresh is best. Layer your flavors.
Thanks, Marcella, for everything.
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