Originally Posted by jennyema
That IS interesting. I don't have the first 2 books so I can't compare. But it would be fun to do so if I could find them. Do you have those first 2?
I do know that recipes from there and from Lydia's Italian American Table end up tasting more like what I enjoyed eating in Italy than other books.
And (I forgot to say this before) I never throw out cookbooks unless they were really unwanted gifts or something. Then I'll donate them to the library. I love to collect cookbooks.
Oh, jennyema, so glad to meet another collector.
Yes, I do have her other two books. As I said, I have all of them. When I like an author, I become what one bookseller calls a "completist." I try to limit that practice, though, because I would go broke very fast.
It is true that Essentials, which is a compilation of the earlier two books, includes some revisions that acknowledge the change in our approach to eating and cooking in the intervening years. Hazan makes that very clear in the introduction. When I get a chance later today, I'll try to find an example or two.
As for ever getting rid of cookbooks, perish the thought! The only time I did that was years ago: I used to keep a few cookbooks on my kitchen counter. One day the sink overflowed, and the cookbooks sustained a good deal of water damage. When we were packing to move a couple years ago, I'm ashamed to admit that I dumped those books. A few others I gave away. My husband, who loves to collect cookbooks as much if not more than I, was not happy.