American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza

American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza

by Peter Reinhart

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American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has two parts, the Hunt (about searching the world for great pizza) and the Recipes (how to make and bake pizzas at home). My only critique of the Hunt part is that I could only get halfway through before I HAD to start making pizzas! The good news is that you don't have to read the entire hunt to understand and execute the recipes in part two. And the recipes and techniques that I've tried so far have worked great. I have made pies with the napoletano and neo-neopolitan doughs and they make the BEST homemade pies I've ever had. I plan to spend the next couple of months making all the recipes. They've been as good as or better than all but the best pizza shops. Which brings me back to 'the Hunt.' I eventually finished this section of the book, and it is enjoyable. It is a bit drawn out, and thus makes better reading if spread over time. I was impatient and skimmed through for the regional results. Then went back and read it cover to cover. I had already eaten at some of the places mentioned (in NY and Rome), and I can agree with the author's choices. I'm looking forward to taking some trips to the Northeast and Southwest to try some more!
angray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book, though be warned - it's not exactly a regular cookbook. The first half is a bit of a travelogue and personal journey as Peter seeks out different types of pizza around the world, trying to capture some of the flavours of his youth and of the history of pizza. The second half consists of recipes which recreate the various pizzas he was impressed with in his travels.I really liked this mix; it provides a context to his abiding interest in pizza and also provides a useful perspective - there's no one perfect pizza as there are so many different and good variations out there. Peter has excellent taste, and makes a great tour guide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have studied homemade bread recipes and techniques after being hooked as a kid. THE Best by far were books written by Peter Reinhart. Informative, not stuffy, contemporary, yet developing a traditional love into a modern comfort! This book does the same for pizza...I love making homemade pizza. Now I can do it well!
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pizzaiolo More than 1 year ago
Interesting introduction to the history of pizza making in America. Great foolproof recipes for making dough and toppings.