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Tributes: Marcella Hazan

Monday, September 30, 2013

If Julia Child taught Americans how to cook French food, Marcella Hazan taught them how to cook Italian food. She taught herself to cook when she and her husband Victor came to the US in 1955 and soon Hazan was teaching New Yorkers how to cook noodles, meat sauce, and risotto, enjoying their work during lunch at the end of class. In 1970 New York Times food editor Craig Claiborne came to one of the lunches. The rest, as they say, is history. Her popular cookbooks were known for their simple, straightforward recipes. She died recently at the age of 89. You can hear 2 of her conversations with Leonard.

Marcella Hazan on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2004

Marcella Hazan on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2008

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Debra from New York

Thank you so much for posting these past interviews! I was so sad to read of Marcella Hazan's death and I remember fondly her 2008 conversation on your show. What a nice tribute for you to post these.

Sep. 30 2013 01:38 PM

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