Sad Good-Bye: Marcella Hazan

Jacqueline Sainsbury - November 2013

Longboat Key, Florida—Champion of classical Italian gastronomy, Marcella Hazan, 89, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 29. Like her contemporary herald, Julia Child, Hazan came to cooking later in life, when she and her husband, Victor (author of Italian Wine), moved from Italy to New York City. Initially, she claimed not to know how to write in English, but she would go on to change the way Americans regarded and cooked Italian food. She opened The School of Classic Italian Cooking in 1969 and published the first of many books, The Classic Italian Cook Book, a few years later. Among her many accolades are a knighthood from the president of Italy in 2005, a James Beard Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Julia Child Award, and a Food Arts Silver Spoon award to her and Victor for “introducing Americans to Italian food and Italian wines.”