Monday, January 27, 2020

Booknote: Pizza

Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson, Pizza: Over 100 Innovative Recipes for Crusts, Sauces, and Toppings for Every Pizza Lover. Mount Joy, PA: CompanionHouse Books, 2019.  ISBN: 978-1-62008-374-1.

Genre: nonfiction
Subgenre: cookbooks, pizza
Format: e-galley
Source: NetGalley

If you are into artisanal pizza, and you have the resources for it, this can be a book for you. If you want to get started, the authors describe what you would need. Do keep in mind this is not cheap, so this is more for folks with some discretionary income. Though there are some basic elements and recipes, the book overall is geared for more the home cook/baker.

The book is arranged as follows:

  • Introduction, which provides an informative history of pizza and some facts. 
  • Ingredients. This section provides a description of flours and grains and other materials you can use on your pizza. This section is also very informative.
  • Equipment, including that wood fire oven.
  • 7 chapters of recipes including topics such as classics, sweet, and for kids. 
Overall, the book is interesting and informative, especially the introductory material. You can learn quite a few things just from reading this. In addition, the book offers some great photos featuring some very appetizing food.

The bottom line is I liked the book. This is clearly for enthusiasts and home cooks with some resources. It's the kind of book I would give to my one librarian colleague who owns a a farm including the wood fire oven he built himself. Otherwise, for most people it is a nice book to look over. For libraries, if you have patrons who bake a lot and like making their own doughs and such,  this can be a good selection.

3 out of 5 stars.

Book qualifies for these 2020 Reading Challenges:


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