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Pizza News, December, 2009
(Volume X No. 12)
(ISSN: 1533-3795)   

 Pizza on Earth,
Good Will to All!

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1) What's New?  Merry Christmas...Happy Holidays

2)  Review of Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day.

3) Update

4) Best Pizza in the World Update

5) Auntie Anna's Squid Salad

6) The Gift of Laughter

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1) What's New?  Merry Christmas...Happy Holidays

I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's.

Here is a special holiday message to you:
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2) Review of Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day.

In the last issue of Pizza News, I had explained that I had ordered Peter's new book, Artisan Breads Every Day.

I am extremely please to tell you that this is an incredible book for any bread baker or pizza maker.

Peter starts by giving basic bread baking advice. Use top quality ingredients he explains. Employ unbleached rather than bleached flour. Use only as much yeast as needed to get the job done. Mix the dough as long as needed. Make sure you use higher hydration (water) levels for the the dough.

These are just the basics, he states. Peter then goes into a further discussion of bread baking. He talks about the difference between a wet poolish or sponge for your pre-ferment. The secret is that an overnight cold ferment will get the job done.

Reading this book was like having Peter looking over my shoulder as I went through the recipes. He speaks to you in such a way, bread making becomes simple. Each page shares valuable bread baking information. As you devour this book, you can understand why he is regarded as not only a great baker but a word class instructor. He is patient with his students. And students like me, need a patient teacher.

He shares all of his tips and tricks that he has generated over years of baking bread.

The book has many full color photographs that give you instructions and illustrate the entire procedure. Each process and recipe is clearly defined. I was quite astounded by the rich pictures of bread and dough. Actually the photographs motivated me to start trying out some of these recipes right away.

The stretch and fold method of preparing dough was one that I have had some difficulty with. You will discover this method clearly defined. The color photos will guide you through every single step. 

An interesting part of this book is the section about wild yeasts and starters. He shares a number of discoveries about how to start this process. He also dispels many of the myths associated with the use of these type of yeasts.

He doesn't hold back for the pizza lover. There are several great pizza crust recipes including one for a sour dough pizza recipe. As usual Reinhart delivers recipes you will not find anywhere else.

The recipes contained in Artisan Breads Every Day are in a word simply delightful. Reinhart's range of recipes cover the baking spectrum from bagels, to cheese breads, to cinnamon buns, to coffee cake as well  rustic breads and the best biscuits ever.

My advice? Order this book now. And be generous. Give a copy or two to your own friends and loved ones. They will thank you for it. You may even get a fresh loaf of bread or a pizza delivered to you! It really is that good.

Here is the link. Click on it now:

Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day.

You can get some free recipes from Peter's book at this link.


Peter Reinhart Videos:

Peter Reinhart: Shaping Boule: In this video Peter talks about how to work with a very wet dough.

Peter Reinhart: The Stretch and Fold Technique:  This video may be my very favorite in the entire series. Peter Reinhart reveals his stretch and fold technique



3) Update

          was created to be a kind of  cross between FaceBook and MySapce. A space where pizza lovers could post pictures, write in their own blog, create journal chat and watch pizza videos. There is also a Forum attached to it.

Unfortunately, the Forum has been discovered by Spammers. These low-life to post all kinds of junk. I no sooner ban all of the spammers, and then they show up again.

Honestly it has gotten very frustrating.

Please feel free to check out . I'm hoping that it will become a great hang-out for pizza lovers.

The software that runs it is a little buggy. But overall I'm very pleased with the site.

There is quite a collection of different pizza videos and different pizza pics. So feel free to check it out. Leave some comments. Share some pictures and pizza stories.

4) Best Pizza in the World Update

Thick Crust, a trusted pizza source (and one of the Admin for the Pizza Forum shares the following:

Anyone ever have the pleasure of eating pizza at any of these places?

2009 Overall Winners – The Best of the Best.

Palate Press Pizza Review by Jon Rimmerman

Jon reviews his favorite pizza places from coast to coast. For example right on the top of his list is:

2009 Overall Winners – The Best of the Best is  Franny’s (Brooklyn, NY), Delfina Pizzeria (San Francisco, CA – the original Mission location only),  Pizzeria Da Michelle (Naples, Italy),  Franco Manca (London, UK),  and Borboni (Ostuni, Italy).

Jon knows pizza and explains his method for making sure the pizza was consistent and perfect. He ordered a standard Margherita at each location. He then ordered a signature dish.

I enjoyed reading his review and made a mental note to try out some of the pizzerias he mentinoned.

I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

You can comment on this thread at this link, at the Pizza Forum here >>>Best Pizza in the World 2009.<<<

Here is the Pizza Therapy Best Pizza in the World List


5) Auntie Anna's Squid (Calamari) Salad

It's that time of the year. Every Christmas Eve in the Grande household, would be the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

The following dish was always on the table. Squid (Calamari) Salad:

Auntie Anna writes: "Some cooks add different spices,
but I think it takes away from the savory taste of the squid.
As you know by now, I'm a Plain-Jane!"
Sorry, Auntie Anna, you are far from plain!


  • 1 lb. of squid
    (including tentacles)
  • 1/8 Cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of red hot pepper!


  1. Cut up squid into bite size pieces and simmer under 5 minutes in about a pint of water.
    Do Not Boil!
  2. Add a dash of vinegar to tenderize. If cooked to long, it will get tough.
  3. Cool and strain. Save some liquid to add to salad if it is to dry.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a few flakes of red hot pepper!
  5. Add 1/8 cup of wine vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil.
  6. Chill and serve!

Calamari Tips!

  • Cleaning squid can be a messy project. It is best to buy it cleaned!


6) The Gift of Laughter:

Finally we all need to laugh now and then... Check out this short film.

 Laughter Movie



 Hay House, Inc.



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