pizzaman383, I think it's great that you published your own book!
All the reviews on Amazon came in at 5 Star!
I like your cover photo showing many pizza pics.
I'm wondering is you could please post here on the
forum some pics of your best pies that you are
teaching how t make in the book.
Also.. You mention that your book takes a different
approach compared to others.
Can you be more specific?
I've posted many pictures in the gallery of my website. You can see them at: http://www.passionateaboutpizzabook.com/wpg2-3
Everybody likes a different type of pizza. Ideally, you could have exactly the pizza you want. It would be great to have a fantastic pizza every time you make it.
So, what do you do? How do you find the right recipe? Well, you make one up! How do you do that? Well, you start with a known recipe and make small adjustments until it gives results you like. It's the process that many readers of this forum go through.
- If you want thinner crust, make the pizza bigger or make the same size using slightly less dough. If you want it thicker, make a smaller pizza.
- If you want bigger bubbles or a puffier crust, use more water in the recipe. It will make the dough softer and it will rise more.
- If your dough won't stretch/roll out, let it rest a few minutes for the gluten to relax.
- If you want more flavor in the crust, add some flavored olive oil or finely grated Romano cheese to the dough before kneading. You can also use sourdough starter.
- Have you tried baking pizza in a pan, using a pizza screen, or on a baking stone to see which one you like?
- Have you changed the location of the pizza on the bottom, middle, or top rack of the oven to see which one bakes it more to your liking?
How do you make the pizza great every time? You make it systematically. You do the same things in the same way every time. If you want something different then you make slight adjustments. You remember how they worked and keep the ones that make the pizza better. In other words, you continually improve. Pizzerias do this to make their own pizzas consistent.
I developed the Passionate About Pizza System to explain how to do this. The book introduces the system and it is used as a foundation throughout the book. Readers of this form will see a lot of similarity between the way many of them approach making pizza and how Passionate About Pizza guides one making pizza. I've never seen any pizza cookbook that uses this approach which is why I wrote my book.
Hope this helps,