Welcome!

Thank you for visiting this web site.  This site and my book will hopefully bring out your passion for making wonderful pizza.

I will use the blog to add thoughts about the book, pizza, and anything else I hope you might find interesting.

Posted in Introduction | on December 25, 2008 | Comments Off

Passionate About Pizza Cookbook Quickstart Tutorial

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Available at Amazon

Do you want to try making pizza but are not yet ready to plunk down the money for a pizza cookbook?  Have you tried finding pizza recipes on-line but have been left with a messy pizza-making experience?  The Passionate About Pizza Quickstart Tutorial is for you!  The tutorial provides the basics on ingredients, preparation techiques, and a basic pizza recipe.  Get started making pizza with confidence!

This Quickstart Tutorial eBook will ignite your passion and help you make great homemade pizza!

  • Brings you the Quickstart chapter from the cookbook Passionate About Pizza:Making Great Homemade Pizza
  • bookmarks take you right to the page you want to see
  • ePub format eBook

View an excerpt from the Passionate about Pizza Cookbook. Published by Twin Minds Technology.

Posted in Pizza Cookbooks | on January 29, 2009 | Comments Off

Passionate About Pizza Cookbook Earns Top Honors

Pizzameister has run an award-winning pizza web site for almost ten years. He has reviewed 100 (yes that number is correct!) pizza cookbooks. In his own words, he’s never met a pizza cookbook he didn’t buy. Pizzameister recently reviewed Passionate About Pizza: Making Great Homemade Pizza which was given five stars and is NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST out of 100 pizza cookbooks! You can find the list and a link to Pizzameister’s review at:

Pizzameister Pizza Cookbook Reviews

Posted in News, Pizza Commentary | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Passionate About Pizza eBook – Now Optimized for Ereaders!

The Passionate About Pizza eBook has been updated to take advantage of the new ereaders:

  • Links make navigation throughout the book easy
  • Color pictures that can be zoomed into
  • Search function works better than an index
  • Now includes Quickstart guide to make getting started easier
  • Available via Amazon Kindle

Links:

Buy Passionate About Pizza eBook at Amazon.com

Posted in News, Pizza Cookbooks | on August 29, 2010 | Comments (1)

“Passionate About Pizza: Making Great Homemade Pizza” Coobook!

 

Passionate About Pizza Cover

This comprehensive pizza cookbook will ignite your passion and help you make great homemade pizza!

  • contains 256 full color pages
  • over 300 color pictures guide you each step of the way
  • 14 dough recipes
  • 10 sauce recipes
  • learn to make 17 different styles of pizza
  • 35 easy-to-follow pizza-making techniques
  • 65 recipes in all!
  • helps you consistently make great pizza every time
  • tips on Having a Pizza Party
  • Troubleshooting Guide with simple solutions to common problems
  • Softcover binding with sturdy color printed cover and 70# coated paper
  • ISBN 978-0-615-25860-7

View an excerpt from the Passionate about Pizza Cookbook. Published by Twin Minds Technology.

Sorry, out of print.  Ebooks are available now.

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Posted in Pizza Cookbooks | on December 23, 2008 | Comments Off

Family Pizza Nights

Ward writes:

Apparently engineers make great chefs! The author has an engineering background that comes through clearly in this book. It is clear that the author has systematically examined what makes good pizza in every aspect and from every angle, and has assembled that knowledge in a clear and organized manner in this book.  It’s easy to read, too!

The result is that not only does the book provide fantastic recipes to follow, but it provides you with the principles and techniques that you can use to customize the recipes to produce pizzas that are ideal for your personal taste. The ideas are presented in such an orderly and logical manner that it is easy to do. 

The pizzas are so good and the process of designing them and making them is so fun that making pizzas using the book is a fun family event that occurs about once a week in our household. The pizzas we make using the recipes and principles in Passionate About Pizza are so much better than any other pizzas we have ever bought or made that it doesn’t even seem right to use the same word to refer to the bland, circular chewy things that we used to eat before we bought Passionate About Pizza.

Posted in Pizza Commentary, Pizza Friends | on September 19, 2009 | Comments (1)

The Making of a Pizza Cookbook

You might wonder who I am and how I developed such a passion for making pizza and writing about making pizza.

I began making Chicago-style pizza soon after I got married.My wife and I received a Chicago-style pizza set as a wedding shower gift.The kit had a deep-dish pizza pan, pizza cutter, pan lifter, and a pizza cookbook specializing in Chicago-style pizza.One day I asked my wife if she was ever going to make pizza; she said, “You go ahead.”So, I did.I used the kit to make pizza quite frequently.I kept practicing until I could make a better pizza than most of the local pizzerias in the suburbs of Chicago where we lived at that time.After a while, I missed the New York-style thin crust pizza that I grew up with; you just could not buy that kind of pizza in Chicago when I lived there.Therefore, I decided to try my hand at making New York-style pizza.After another intense period of practice, I was able to duplicate and even improve on the New York-style pizza I remembered from my youth.

I practiced making pizza whenever I could.I made and served many hundreds of pizzas to my family and friends over the years.My pizzas became more and more consistent and I kept getting rave reviews; that is, when they were not begging me to make something other than pizza!Many of my friends said, “You should open a pizzeria!”Others said, “Can you teach me to make pizza like that?”I wrote this book to capture the techniques that I had learned and developed so that you can make great pizza, too!

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Posted in Pizza Commentary | on September 19, 2009 | Comments (2)

Passionate About Pizza has a Facebook Fan Page

There have already been a few discussions about Passionate About Pizza on Facebook.  So, there is now a fan page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Passionate-About-Pizza-Cookbook-Fans/58905449185?sid=8891c79d461a2110dea7d2efee65d2d0&ref=s.

Please visit the fan page and show your support!

Posted in Pizza Commentary | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Mixing Dough

The goal is to mix the right amount of the proper ingredients together to create uniform dough. Good dough has all the ingredients evenly distributed throughout the dough. There are two basic methods – the dry mix and wet mix methods. Both work well, so use the method that suits your fancy. I generally use the wet mix method because it gives me a chance to see that the yeast is active.

Posted in Pizza Techniques | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Brozetti’s Pizza Passion from Belgium

Dear Sir,

My name is Fré and I am Belgian.

It seems that you and I have a thing or two in common.

Like yourself, I am also very passionat about pizzas. Also, like yourself I believe that the test of a good pizza maker is his (or her) cheese pizza.

Moreover, like yourself, I have had the pleasure of living in upstate N.Y.

In fact, as I am typing this letter, my mouth is watering just thinking about a delicious Brozetti’s pizza. I’m sure that you can imagine how one can crave for something even after so many years have gone by.

It’s almost spiritual!!!

Forgive my entheusiasm sir, but my problem, and the reason for writing this letter, is this…

For to many reasons to bore you with a list, I can’t imagine my ever being able to return to the Empire State. Do you think you would be able to help me? Do you think you could teach me to make such a heavenly pizza?

I don’t know how I could ever repay you for such a service except to say that if you were ever inclined to travel to Europe I could give you many good tips on what to see here in Belgium.

I anxiously await your reply as I remain…

Sincerely and respectfully yours,

Fré

Posted in Pizza Commentary, Pizza Friends | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Why Make Homemade Pizza?

Think of the best pizza you ever had.  Don't you wish that you could have that pizza again, maybe even all the time?  If you are lucky, you can get that great pizza locally.  However, if you are like most people, you just cannot seem to find the great pizza you want.  If you live on the east coast, there are not very many Chicago-style or California-style pizzerias around.  If you have moved away from New York City (or even upstate New York), you can only find great New York-style pizza in your memories.  Well, if you cannot buy it, you can certainly make it.  If you can buy it, you can certainly make one that is better!

Posted in Pizza Commentary | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Feedback from a Pizza-Making Dad

After buying the PDF version of Passionate About Pizza: Making Great Homemade Pizza he says:

I am a divorced dad of 2 teenagers that has limited skill in the kitchen. This book is so well written and put together that it was simple for me to on the first attempt have success.

I made a batch of the basic sauce and dough exactly how it was described in the book. I was expecting to fill a trash can with my first few attempts but to my surprise the first was as good as the sixth. My kids and their friends eat every bite and one even said it was the best pizza he had ever had. This book is a life saver it will allow me to serve my teenagers pizza when they want it now because before it was out of my budget. I can’t wait to work my way thru and learn as I go trying the different types.

Thank You for a remarkable book!

Clay

 

Posted in Pizza Commentary, Pizza Friends | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Pizza Making Techniques

Preparation Techniques

Working with yeast dough can be a little intimidating.  You have seen a pizza chef stretching out pizza dough and throwing it around as if it is no big deal, but you may have thought, "I could never do that!"  Well, I am here to tell you that you can make a great pizza.  It is not difficult and my Passionate About Pizza Cookbook describes just how to do it.

The book describes:

  • Mixing & Kneading Dough
  • Letting Dough Rise & Making a Dough Ball
  • Stretching, Rolling, and Pressing Pizza into Shape
  • Assembling Pizza & Pizza Peel Technique
  • Baking, Serving, Storing, & Reheating Pizza
Posted in Pizza Techniques | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

East 48th Street Market

Announcement from Charlie Augello, owner of the 48th Street Market in Dunwoody, Georgia:

Dear Valued Customer,
 
Who makes the best Pizza is like trying to compare who makes the best Sauce or Meatballs. It’s a personal thing. As we have seen here at the Market, over the years many adults and children have become very proficient at making their own pizza at home using the E. 48th Street Market’s “Pizza Kit” (fresh dough, sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni).
It is worth the effort and once you get the technique down your pizza will be the “best baked” whether in the oven, on the grill or on your. Green Egg.
One of our very own customers, Curtis Ide, is “passionate about pizza” and has written a book all about making pizza from the very basics to the advanced, called appropriately enough “Passionate About Pizza”. The book is now available here at the Market. Curtis for years has purchased his special Caputo Italian flour, canned tomatoes, cheese and fresh dough at our Market. The book will be of interest to the novice as well as the pro since it contains many photos and has easy to read instructions describing the many variations in the preparing the toppings, pizza dough and the baking of pizza.
 
Curtis will be here at the Market on Saturday May 2, 2009 from 11AM to 3 PM to sign and personalize his book for you and discuss pizza making techniques.
 
Plan on coming by and take time to enjoy lunch al Fresco (in the patio).
Ciao,
 
Charlie
E. 48th Street Market
Posted in Pizza Friends | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Pizza near Antarctica

Pizza on the High Seas

Pizza on the High Seas

My father has been one of my pizza-making students for many years. He is on a cruise and sent me this note. That’s the way to spread your passion for pizza, Dad!

Hi PizzaMan,

You can add a great footnote to your pizza fame; pizza from your book prepared aboard the Holland America ship ms Prinsendam on location at 62 deg. 36.09 min. South Lattitude and 95 deg. 44.84 min. West Longitude off Livingston Island, Antarctica. Our party of six enjoyed it immensely as we looked out at the frozen landscape of this amazing place. It was special in several ways, including the food.

The “pizza chef” did a pretty good job of making the peppers and feta recipe which I had jotted down on a note card. He didn’t have the garlic in the right form, but what he had came through in the taste.

The whole idea came from a table discussion after the couple from South Africa introduced me to smoked eel. Very mild taste and quite nice. We then decided that we each would introduce something from our home countries. The pizza was my contribution.

These two couples are the ones that we gave your books too. They all profess to try making some of the recipes when they get home.

Here is a picture from the ship on the day this pizza was made:

Pizza near Antarctica

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Posted in Pizza Friends | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Julia makes her first Passionate About Pizza pie!

One buyer of my book just made her first pizza.  Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=307053&id=1053367080&ref=mf#/photo.php?pid=307053&id=1053367080&ref=mf.

Posted in Pizza Friends | on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

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