LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. — Marcella Hazan, the Italian-born cookbook author who taught generations of Americans how to create simple, fresh Italian food, died Sunday. She was 89.
Mrs. Hazan died in the morning at her home in Florida, according to an e-mail from her son, Giuliano Hazan, and posts on Facebook and Twitter from her husband and daughter-in-law.
Mrs. Hazan was best known for her six cookbooks, which were written by her in Italian and translated into English by Victor, her husband of 57 years. The recipes were traditional, tasty, and sparse — her famous tomato sauce contained only tomatoes, onion, butter, and salt — and mirrored the tastes of her home country, where importance is placed on the freshness of food, rather than the whiz-bang recipes inside a chef’s mind. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.