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2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« on: August 29, 2017, 11:03:48 AM »
Can some of you please state the two best all-around books on pizza in your opinion without long, 'because-of' dialogs, please.

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 11:23:29 AM »
Here you go.
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 11:39:21 AM »
Here you go.

Fantastic< !!  I will order those for my 5 year old, he loves pizza, note the crayons and the coloring when pizza comes that is not up to his expectations. 

When pizza comes that is, he dives right in.  He will enjoy those books when we are forced to sit through something he does not like.


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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 04:17:28 PM »
Peter Reinhart's pizza book is okay but nothing special.

The information and expert advice on this forum exceeds any cookbook in my opinion.

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 06:08:47 PM »
Definitely NOT the Reinhart book.  I'd say Tony Gemignani's "ThenPizza Bible" is the best overall book. Ken Forkish's "The Elements of Pizza" is good.  Just ignore the nonsense about using 00 flour.  Neither of these are representative of my pizza but I appreciate the insights of the workflows of others.  Joe Beddia's "Pizza Camp" is to the point and a fun read. 
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 06:45:16 PM »
EVERY pizza book out there has some [large] measure of nonsense that needs to be ignored which is why NONE of them are worth the money. Spend your money on Curious George and you'll make better pizza because he won't give you bad advice WRT pizza making.
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 08:05:52 PM »
Definitely NOT the Reinhart book.  I'd say Tony Gemignani's "ThenPizza Bible" is the best overall book. Ken Forkish's "The Elements of Pizza" is good.  Just ignore the nonsense about using 00 flour.  Neither of these are representative of my pizza but I appreciate the insights of the workflows of others.  Joe Beddia's "Pizza Camp" is to the point and a fun read.

Thank you both your input,  I ordered pizza camp and the bible one. 

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 08:07:04 PM »
Don't read them and you'll be fine...
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 02:49:04 AM »
Don't read them and you'll be fine...

And if you do, ignore the recipes, ur better off following recipes on this forum with feedback of people that have tried it with actual photos of the final product etc.

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 10:28:57 AM »
The only pizza book Iíve ever read was ďA slice of HeavenĒ by Ed Levine.
It didnít teach me how to make pizza- I used this site for perfecting my baking. Everything you could possibly need is right here.

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2017, 11:43:38 AM »
Skip the pizza books and get a bread book. I'm finding I wish I had more bread knowledge - it translates to pizza pretty well.

The important things I've learned about pizza have come from experience, and it's nothing that any book mentions as of now.

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2017, 06:46:34 PM »
Skip the pizza books and get a bread book. I'm finding I wish I had more bread knowledge - it translates to pizza pretty well.


Uh oh, now you've done it.  :-D



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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2017, 06:50:23 PM »
The only pizza book Iíve ever read was ďA slice of HeavenĒ by Ed Levine.
It didnít teach me how to make pizza- I used this site for perfecting my baking. Everything you could possibly need is right here.

I don't think Ed and I would find much agreement when it comes to pizza.
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 11:42:43 PM »
Pizza is not bread but if you get a good grasp on bread I think you'll have a better grasp on pizza

Uh oh, now you've done it.  :-D

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2017, 12:05:40 AM »
Pizza is not bread but if you get a good grasp on bread I think you'll have a better grasp on pizza

At least you'll know what "bready" means.   :-D
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2018, 11:02:39 AM »
I'm of the opposite opinion.  Dough is dough.  I've learned a vast amount about making pizza through making bread. 

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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2018, 12:15:52 AM »
At least you'll know what "bready" means.   :-D

I'm of the opposite opinion.  Dough is dough.  I've learned a vast amount about making pizza through making bread. 

Chau

I actually agree (started seriously baking bread in '08, build an oven in 2010, BBGA member, went to Wheatstalk in 2014). I guess past-me was trying to be ironic/funny.   :-\
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Re: 2 Best All-Around Books on Pizza?
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2018, 02:20:56 PM »
The L&B Sicilian Pie Recipe is worth the price of the Pizza Bible.

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