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Chefs Mourn Death of Italian Cookbook Author Marcella Hazan

The food world lost a giant today, and chefs around the world mourned the death of cookbook author and “the Julia Child of Italian food,” Marcella Hazan, at age 90.

The news was confirmed by Hazan’s daughter-in-law, Lael Hazan, on Twitter.

As The New York Times noted in a 2008 interview, Marcella’s husband, Victor, was responsible for translating her classic Italian dishes and recipes into English. Hazan, credited with bringing authentic Italian cooking to America, wrote six cookbooks; her first, the standard for all Italian cooking, The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating, in 1973, and one memoir, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers.

The New York Times’ Mark Bittman was the first to Tweet the news; the floodgates opened for other celebrity chefs and the food world to remember Hazan’s contributions.

Marcella Hazan is survived by her husband, Victor, son Guiliano, and daughter-in-law, Lael.

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