Just over a year ago, I never would have read this book. A memoir/autobiography by a person, Marcella Hazan, totally unfamiliar to me - a person who wrote some Italian cookbooks. I don't think so.
But, I was invited to take part in an interesting online blog - Pomodori e Vino.
- in which a group of geographically disparate people cook their way through Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by the self-same Marcella Hazan.
So having prepared over fifty recipes from her book and having been on the receiving end of many comments from Marcella over the past year plus, I decided to read what she had to say about her life.
I think Marcella has been very candid in this memoir - about her sensitivity to a physical issue; her relationship with her husband, publishers, and many other people in her life; her business success and failures; the important decisions she made at several times in her life.
The book is full of surprises. I had no idea that she spent a large part of her life in the United States (she now resides in Florida), how widely known she was in some circles or that operating cooking classes could be a career. The biggest surprise for me was her main reason for moving back to the United States after being based in Italy for several years. She was attracted by the U.S. health care system, which suggests that she had many more business successes than failures.
I can recommend this book if you already are familiar with the name Marcella Hazan. It is a very well-written and informative account of her life.