The suspense has been killing me. It’s finally time to to tell you about the cookbook chef Craig Priebe and I co-wrote, The United States of Pizza. It comes out September 22, 2015, and today it’s Number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Baking list.
Chef Craig and I had so much fun writing Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas that we wanted to write another pizza book. This time we focused on iconic pizzas served at pizzerias and fine dining restaurants around the US.
Craig chose pizzas emblematic of a particular place. There’s a Sicilian bacon cheeseburger pizza from a Wyoming restaurant, for example, a steak stromboli (like a big turnover) from Pennsylvania, a blue cornmeal pizza from Santa Fe, and a crawfish Étoufée pizza from New Orleans.
The chapters are organized by doughs, because so often, it’s all about the crust. Craig excels at creating easy recipes that turn out excellent crusts:
- Naples, the thin crust pizza
- New York style, the most popular in the US
- Sicilian, thick like focaccia
- sourdough, chewy and a little tangy
- stuffed pizzas, loaded with cheeses and meats
- corn flour, which produces tender yellow crusts
- a whole wheat dough that makes a tender crust, and
- gluten-free dough, which makes a pre-baked crust with just the right texture.
As a team, Craig and I were in a groove. Craig came up with the concept and did all the recipe development. He hired me to edit his first drafts, test the recipes and to write the front matter and final drafts of headnotes.
Did I mention that we each made more than 100 pizzas over several months? Then Craig made them all over again for the photo shoot, with the help of a food stylist.
And wow, they were good. Chicago magazine once called Craig a “pizza miracle worker” and he has won national pizza-making contests. His ability to translate restaurant-quality pizzas into easy recipes for home cooks is enviable.
And lastly, isn’t the cover gorgeous? We tried several shots and we loved the colors and textures of this one best. Our photographer is the talented Jeff Kauck.
If you’d like to win a copy of our book, please leave a comment below. I’ll pick a winner at random (US and Canada only, sorry!) by July 15, 2015.
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Update: Comments are closed. Random.org chose the winner of the cookbook, commenter No. 60, Carol Lustenader. Congratulations!