Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza
The Journey is Over!
American Pie: My Search for the
"Peter Reinhart starts his incredible adventure
The first section of American Pie is the quest for pizza perfection. The subtitle should be “my search for the perfect “pizzaiolo” (pizza master), as Peter meets with a host of pizzaiolos who share ideas and philosophy about pizza. According to this book, there is more to pizza, than just throwing together flour, yeast oil, tomato sauce, cheese along with other toppings! The fact of the matter is that you must bake part of your heart into each pizza, to reach brilliance! (Albert's sidebar: "I call this Spiritual Pizza! Pizza from the heart, pizza from the soul!")
The second half of the book allows Reinhart to do
what he does best, bake. The recipes are all here and Reinhart makes them
easy to replicate. He claims to have the ability to identify all of the
ingredients and cooking methods of anything he eats. Further, he shares these
secrets with the reader. With the numerous recipes, you will be able to
reproduce some of the most famous pizzas in the world. He adds his take on “Pepe’s”
I enjoyed the countless anecdotes throughout the book. For example while waiting in line at the legendary “Sally’s Apizza” in New Haven, Connecticut, he stops into “Nick’s Apizza” across the street to use the restroom. He is impressed with their pizza and makes a mental note to come back. Upon his return six months later, “Nick’s Apizza” has gone out of business. The obvious conclusion is: simply making fantastic pizza may not be enough to sustain a business.
American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza covers the gamut of all things pizza from coast to coast. A nod is given to Chicago Deep Dish along with recipes. “New Age” pizzas from the West Coast are also discussed. Reinhart actually uncovers the mystery of Wolfgang Puck’s pizza and California Pizza Kitchen’s secrets. (Some Chefs were understandably, hesitant to be interviewed). He may have gone over the edge by reviewing “sushi pizza”, but it does fit in with the spirit of the book
This book is for anyone who has ever sampled pizza as well
as those who posses a passion for pizza. The journey alone will suffice for some
pizza aficionados and is worth the price of admission. Add to that, Reinhart’s
years of expertise in baking breads of all kinds, and you have a volume that
is unmatched in scope. Buy it, read it and make your own perfect pizza!"
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