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Entries in roman style artichokes (1)

Friday
Jan022009

Roman Style Artichokes and Marcella Hazan's Perfect Lunch

I just finished reading Marcella Hazan's recently released autobiography, "Amacord".    We all know Marcella Hazan as the Queen of Italian cooking but when she and her husband, Victor, first moved to the United States, she wasn't much of a cook.  As a newlywed in a foreign country, she poured her efforts into learning how to cook so that Victor, who came home for lunch every day from work, would be pleased.   Needless to say, over the years she became quite a cook.   She started giving small cooking classes out of her apartment and one day she received a call from a reporter at the New York Times.  She didn't know who he was.  He wanted to come over and interview her, but the times he suggested were always in the middle of the day when Victor came home for lunch, so she just invited the reporter over for lunch one day. The reporter was Craig Claiborne and the lunch Marcella served knocked his socks off.  This was back in 1970 and her authentic Italian cooking was anything but the usual spaghetti and meatball fare everyone knew at that time as Italian cuisine.   She served a lunch of Roman style artichokes, tortelloni stuffed with swiss chard, prosciutto and ricotta, veal rolls stuffed with parmesan and pancetta, fennel salad and a dessert of marinated orange slices. To this day, she said she doesn't think she could improve on that lunch.  It was classic.

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