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Pizza: More Than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza    by Diane Morgan, Tony Gemignani & Scott Peterson order for
by Diane Morgan
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

We often personalize pizzas for dinner in my home, but get stuck with the same sets of toppings. So I was intrigued to see what this cookbook had to suggest. The Introduction tells us that 'From its humble roots as a peasant food in Italy, pizza has become the Italian import America has adopted as its own.' Then come the Basics of making pizza at home - ingredients from types of meats and cheeses to varieties of yeasts and flours; tools and equipment; dough tossing techniques; and tips for a pizza party. The color photos tempt one to head straight to the kitchen.

Recipes are divided into sections on different pizza styles (from dough to sauce and toppings): Neapolitan; New York; Chicago; California; Pizza on the Grill; Quick and Kid-Friendly; and (believe it or not) Dessert Pizza. Alternatives are suggested for ingredients that may be hard to find. I like the look of Pizza Bel Paese (with prosciutto and asparagus on top of the cheese). Lasagna Pizza sounds like almost too much of a good thing - almost - and Spinach and Ricotta Pizza tempts my taste buds. Or how about a Big Kahuna Pizza (with pineapple, prosciutto, shrimp and coconut)? There's a Grilled Pizza with Smoked Salmon, Red Onion, and Chive Creme Fraiche that I plan to try (it's recommended for summer parties or as an appetizer). In fact all these grilled pizzas look worth a taste.

The Kid-Friendly section has intriguing breakfast pizzas (not reheated leftovers!) And then there's the Dessert section with July 4th Triple-Berry Pizza and a heart-shaped Sweetheart Pizza with Chocolate and Strawberries. Yumm to both! But find your own favorites in this enticing cookbook. There's something for every family member in the recipe selection here, through all the seasons and courses.

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