Julie Davis's Reviews > Amarcord: Marcella Remembers

Amarcord by Marcella Hazan
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Nov 30, 09

Read in November, 2009

Average. Too bad Ms. Hazen didn't have a talented grandnephew to write this as did Julia Child in her fantastic memoir, My Life in France. The beginning of the book is interesting as it is filled with memories of life in Italy during WWII, moving to New York as a nonEnglish speaker, and suchlike. However, once her career becomes food oriented the pace and interest level slows way down. I was especially put off by the way she justified her final break with Knopf by entering her book that compiled old recipes into an awards program designed to honor new books over the publisher's protests. She seemed to think that the fact that her cookbook won was justification enough when all it proved was that her celebrity made others overlook what the publisher very properly recognized: it was an old cookbook in new format.
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