10 tips & 10 must-haves for authentic Italian cooking
Chef and teacher Giuliano Hazan did not learn the art of Italian cooking in culinary school, but from the doyenne of Italian cooking — his mom, Marcella Hazan.
And like mother, like son: Giuliano has published three cookbooks, including How to Cook Italian.
by Jennifer Newton Reents
But the son is now the teacher. “From the first class I taught, I knew it was something I would do,” says Giuliano, who as a child stirred the risotto in his grandmother’s kitchen in Cesenatico, Italy. He later taught at his mother’s cooking school in Bologna, moving from kitchen assistant to teacher to school director before taking over the cooking classes at Venice’s exclusive Cipriani Hotel.
We caught up with Giuliano at the celebrated Central Market Cooking School in San Antonio, Texas, where he shared his top 10 essentials for the Italian kitchen — plus he gave us another 10 tips for the most authentic Italian cooking.
Top 10 essentials for the Italian kitchen
A good 8-inch chef’s knife with honing steel. “It’s very essential in everything you do,” says Giuliano.
Skillets and braising pans are must-haves, because Italian cooking is done mostly over the stove.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), which Giuliano uses exclusively.
A vegetable peeler.
Fresh herbs, such as rosemary, basil, sage and oregano.