Marcella Hazan, the Italian-born cookbook author who taught generations of Americans how to create simple, fresh Italian food, died Sunday. She was 89.
Hazan died in the morning at her home in Florida, according to an email from her son, Giuliano Hazan, and posts on Facebook and Twitter from her husband and daughter-in-law.
Hazan was best known for her six cookbooks, which were written by her in Italian and translated into English by Victor, her husband of 57 years.
It was Hazan’s 1973 cookbook, The Classic Italian Cookbook,*” that led gourmands to draw comparisons between Hazan and another larger-than-life cookbook author: Julia Child.
The two women were longtime friends; Child told People Magazine in 1998 that Hazan was “forbidding because she’s rough … that’s her manner, and she’s got a good heart.”
In 2000, Hazan was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
*I recommend the more recent Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, which combines Classic Italian Cookbook with the subsequent book More Classic Italian Cooking.