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American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza [ AMERICAN PIE: MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PIZZA ] by Reinhart, Peter (Author) Nov-04-2003 [ Hardcover ] Unknown Binding – 4 Nov 2003


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  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (4 Nov 2003)
  • ASIN: B007NBY7Z8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Davey on 4 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
After trying numerous recipes online and from a huge amount of books I was always left feeling that the finished pizza could somehow be better and something was always missing.

I didn't think this book could pull it off because pizza recipes are so similar but I was ecstatic with the results. The pizzas without doubt from this book are without doubt the best I have ever made and I highly recommend this book for serious pizza lovers.

Inside you will find many different styles of pizza from deep pan to takeaway style. There is something for everyone and the results will be better than most takeaways and especially frozen pizzas.

Enjoy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wolsey on 21 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book has a really nice feel about it. You really get the sense the auther REALLY loves pizza.

The first part is the story of his jornery finding the best pizza in italy and america. As a brit I have to say I found the italian section really interesting but lost intrest soon after he starts his search in america which is two thirds of the first part. But that is just me I would rather know about true Italian pizza that which pizza shop in new york does the best pizza.

The second half of the book goes into great detail about making dough and has about 8 (off the top of my head)diffrent recipes. One thing I did find is he talks about a neo-neoplian pizza which you have to read the first part of the book to know what he is talking about. He also describes several different sauces, toppings and types of pizza

Having said all this I love the book and have really enjoyed going through all the diffrent dough recipes to find my perfect pizza.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
The perfect, true pizza is one of those things that can polarise opinions, test friendships and create disputes - and that is just in the United States before one examines what purports to be the true pizza from different Italian regions and how other countries interpret the true pizza.
This book sets out to find what the author claims is the perfect pizza and shows along the way the sheer trouble involved in examining dozens of varieties that vie to be the one true thing. A search for the Holy Grail indeed. But one can have fun along the way.
The search starts in Italy, predictably enough, with a number of possible reference or calibration samples being examined which are more likely to add confusion to the mix. One gets a great sense of history and tradition as well as an understanding of regional variety and variation which will give a background to similar situations that arrive in the form of exported versions.
Then it is a return to the United States where the great American road trip and debate can begin. A number of American states are visited with their highlights or specific takes on the pizza (New York versus Chicago, how Philadelphia stakes up, etc.) examined and whilst preferences may be indicated by the author a real conclusion can never be reached as tastes can and do vary. Yet it is fun to ride along with the author and learn along the way.
And before one can be tired of travel, confused by the regional differences and not sure what to do next one is transported back to the kitchen to learn how to do the basics of pizza preparation in a self-styled pizza masterclass. Over 60 recipes for different pizza doughs, sauces and toppings are offered along with advice on how to best combine ingredients and dishes together for good effect.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Riddarbagerietfan on 28 Jan 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pizza. Short word full of memories. Peter Reinhart brings us along his culinary journey to find the perfect pizza. Travelling through Italy and the US he lets us sample the different types of pizza: Roman, Napoletana, New York style, etc. As a keen reader of his other works I know that this guy knows what he is talking about. It is hard not to dribble over the pages! The book instructs you on how to make the different types of pizza crusts, sauces and toppings, as well as how to get the best results out of your oven. Highly recommended for anyone that loves simple food made with love!
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I'm slowly becoming a pizza geek and after a lot of web search for the perfect dough I came across a slow fermentation method by Peter Reinhart, I tried it in a convection oven with pizza stone and in a wood fired oven and it was always great! How could I not purchase this book?
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