If you did not spend yesterday making Marcella Hazan's glorious Bolognese sauce, or any number of the beloved Italian cookbook author's many, many beautiful recipes, maybe you should have. Yesterday morning the news spread, first on Facebook and then on Twitter and in blogs and wire reports and newspapers, like news under and over and through available windows and doors, that Hazan had died, at the age of 89, at her home in Longboat Key, Fla.
"Marcella, my incomparable companion, died this morning a few steps away from her bed. She was the truest and the best, and so was her food," Hazan's husband, Victor, posted on his wife's Facebook page on Sunday morning.
It didn't take long for the floodgates to open with tributes and remembrances, eulogies somehow fitting for a peaceful Sunday morning, when so many of us were getting up to walk into our kitchens to make breakfast or begin the day's cooking, and where so many of us have one or more or many more of Hazan's cookbooks like old, sauce-stained friends. More »