Just the other day, I said to my husband that I thought I could eat pizza for three meals a day and be perfectly happy. Then we inherited a ton of leftovers from a pizza party, and I’ve had the opportunity to put that theory to the test. And the result is, yes, yes I can eat pizza for three meals a day and enjoy it! But eating the same pizza over and over is getting a little tiresome, so I thought I’d look for some ideas to add some variety to my “dream” diet.
American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter Reinhart is more than just a pizza cookbook. Sure, there are recipes aplenty, but the book is also a comprehensive travelogue, as master breadmaker Reinhart visits influential pizza meccas in Italy and the US, including Florence, Rome, Naples, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, among others. He discovers pizza’s roots and delves into its evolution, compares the different styles of pizzamaking, and develops his own. Now if we can just finish all those leftovers, I’ll be ready to start tossing dough!
Also grabbing my attention by Peter Reinhart is Artisan Breads Every Day: Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Breads. Bread making is something I haven’t attempted beyond throwing the ingredients in the automatic breakmaker and letting it do the rest. I’m thinking this could be our next rainy day project. Thanks, Peter!0