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Marcella Hazan Twitter Tributes

Marcella Hazan, the culinary legend who redefined Italian food for a generation of Americans, died over the weekend at the age of 89 in her Florida home. A Food & Wine contributor, Hazan inspired more than a generation of chefs with her meticulous and often revelatory recipes. "She had an innate and magical knack for cooking," wrote F&W executive food editor Tina Ujlaki in her tribute to Hazan in our 35th Anniversary issue.

Lidia Bastianich called her “the first mother of Italian cooking in America” in yesterday's New York Times obit. The beautiful piece by Kim Severson also offers some pronunciation advice: it's "mar-CHELL-ah huh-ZAHN." Given Hazan's inimitable reach, it's little surprise that many other fans, famous and otherwise, took to Twitter to share their tributes. Here's what they're saying:

Mario Batali:
"more than anyone, marcella hazan brought italian flavors to the US. her books continue to inspire. a true chef's chef. she will be missed"

Ruth Reichl:
"The great Marcella Hazan is gone. RIP. Making her tomato sauce now. When I said how much I loved it she replied 'The one with the onion?'"

Marco Canora:
"'There are no high or low roads in Italian cooking. All roads lead to the home to la cucina di casa" Marcella Hazan.'"

Alex Guarnaschelli:
"I met Marcella Hazan when I first started cooking and she made me obscenely buttered toast with fresh sardines. I'll never forget. RIP"

Scott Conant:
"Sad to hear about the death of legend Marcella Hazan Rest in peace"

Gael Greene:
"Remembering our wonderful last dinner at Fiaschetteria Toscana in Venice w/ Victor & Marcella Hazan before they moved to Florida. They adored her."

Jon Bonne:
"Hard to believe Marcella Hazan is gone. 2 days cooking with her were some of the best of my career. R.I.P."

April Bloomfield:
"Very very sad to hear the passing of Marcella Hazan. My thoughts are with the her family. You touched my soul. RIP darling Marcella"

Rick Tramonto:
"sad to hear about the death of legend Marcella Hazan she was one of my first cookbooks when I first starting back in the day . Rest in peace"

Art Smith:
"I never met you but I loved and adored and cooked out of your books Ms.Hazan. God bless you. RIP XO Art"

Rachael Ray:
"In Italy w John for our anniversary & just heard the sad news Marcella Hazan has passed. We will remember her in our hearts & our food."

Mark Bittman:
"RIP Marcella Hazan, one of the true cooking greats in US history. Died this morning, Longboat Key, FL."

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