If you haven’t yet, check out Mark Bittman’s memorial to Marcella Hazan in The New York Times Magazine. I posted Marcella’s recipe for pesto soon after her death in late September. I never met the woman, so have no memories to share besides my enjoyment of her cookbooks. But Bittman did get to cook with her and he shares some lovely memories, enough to give you the sense of this methodical and opinionated Italian cook who taught many of us about real Italian cooking. He went to Florida and cooked with her only weeks before her death. What a lucky guy.