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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312649940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312649944
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sabine on 15 Jun. 2012
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I already own the other two books of the making bread in five minutes a day principle. The idea is simple: you fill a big bucket (5 liter content) with luke warm water, yiest, salt and flour (and sometimes a little bit of oil) and you stir it. After letting it rest for 2 hours, you have a beautiful bread batter (thinner and wetter than usual, but equally delicious). Then you can store it in the fridge and because you make more than you use in one day, you have an easy flat bread or pizza the next 14 days. And it works beautifully.

The normal breads taste wonderful. Eventhough there is already a basic pizza recipe in their first book, this book has a variety of this recipe. It uses no oil, some oil, a lot of oil, whole grain flour, basic white flour, unbleached flour. And the pizza's are really tasteful and quicker ready than ordering in one. And so much more tasteful, cheaper and healthier. The flat bread recipes were the reason I ordered this book and there are recipes for quick chapatis, pitas, naan f.E. And what tastes better then this bread warm from the oven? Nothing.

Warning: my husband says he is a lucky man, that I bought these books, but he has gained some weight, because he likes it so much ;-)

Watch out for the English version of the 5 minute a day bread book. It has grams in stead of cups and is somewhat cheaper. The book has no picture, the American version does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bundtlust on 2 Nov. 2013
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When Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking first came out, it revolutionized my bread baking. Before, I would use my Cuisinart bread machine once or twice a month, but with "Artisan Bread in 5," I would bake at least once a week using the book's no-knead method to produce brioche, challah, and caramel pecan rolls that rivaled those from my local bakery. When the sequel Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients came out, I found fewer recipes that appealed to me; most of the "whole-grain" recipes still called for large amounts of refined white flour and added wheat gluten.

So when I saw "Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day," I was willing to give it a shot. Normally, I'll just purchase frozen pizza dough, so I was looking forward to making my own using the same method I'd had success with for breads and rolls. Be forewarned: the book is primarily a pizza dough book, with numerous variations on the master dough recipe ("00" flour, which is what is used in Italy for pizza and pasta), semolina, whole wheat, spelt, cornmeal olive oil) and various international breads like naan (there was a naan recipe in the first "Artisan Bread in 5," but this one includes the tenderizing addition of yogurt), chapati, homemade tortillas (corn and flour), and injera.

The pizza sauces are more of an afterthought to the dough; the basic "tomato topping" consists of "four 14.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Michelle Lisa Parslow on 24 Jun. 2014
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This book will revolutionalize your ability to take on seemingly-complex bakery skills.

It really starts off from the basics so a beginner cook could still have a go. Once you get going it will also save you a ton of money from buying nice artisan breads as you can cook fresh bread EVERY day from the fridge if you wanted! :-)

This is part of a culture series based on their 'dough in a bucket' concept but I like this pizza and flatbread book EVEN better than the original book (which I also have).

My advice is buy both this and their original one and have a go at baking some bread - isn't as time-consuming as you might first think! If you are thinking of buying one then I advise to get this one first actually as the pizzas are easier to start doing than the loaves :-)
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This book was a birthday gift for my daughter, who sat reading it for all evening after the cake had been cut - so it's a good book! She also read to me some articles, and maybe, if she can part with it, I will borrow the book and read it through myself. She certainly loved it!
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With this book, it'll be hard to NOT make pizza! 22 Sept. 2011
By I Do the Speed Limit - Published on Amazon.com
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According to the authors of this cook book, the "secret" to creating "quick" and great-tasting pizza and flatbreads is simply this: Mix up lots of dough at one time and store in the frig--you'll gather and mix simple ingredients one time, then over the course of a week or two, you will take just a few minutes to drag the dough container out of the frig, separate a piece from the batch, roll it out, get your toppings on and get it into the oven or onto the grill. So--big decision here--before you purchase this cook book, decide if you're willing to eat flatbread several times a week. OR, since this is such a great idea, work your thought process around to "Who best to share this windfall with?" Actually, the only thing that might hold you back is finding room in your frig for a round 5- or 6-quart container to hold your dough.......

(Of course the "five minute" claim does not include creating your toppings, preheating your oven or grill, or baking. That time's not going to shorten up any which way you try to work it.)

Besides the recipes for large amounts of dough, there are other small batch recipes also. So, there are quite a lot of options available in the book--easily something for everyone. Plus there are all kinds of sauce recipes and suggestions/descriptions for all kinds of cheeses and toppings. And while these authors have their favorite equipment--based on their vast experience--they also list many alternatives. So, basically, you can use whatever you have at hand. So much leeway here! So much room for creativity! So much room for variation! So much room for improvisation! So many suggestions for dealing with time constraints, $$$ constraints and cooking methods! The authors make it hard for anyone to come up with an excuse to NOT make pizza and flatbreads.....

There are many thin crust pizzas with lots of variations--plenty of options for toppings. But there are not many thick-crust pizza recipes--and the recipe for my personal favorite: Chicago-style, is not really "Chicago-style". But there is a thick-crust Sicilian-style pizza with onions that I can't wait to try. I'm also looking forward to making the flour tortillas or Caribbean roti.

To sum up one of my personal philosophies: "Communication is the key." These cook book authors are experts at communicating, and they carry it to the extreme in this book--and I "love" them and the book because of it. Plus, there's even more info at their web site PizzaIn5.com. So, if you are willing to absorb all the instructions, advice and tips that they offer, it's hard to make a mistake.

If you want to create dough the day you get your cook book, these are the simple ingredients to have on hand--of course there are many other choices, but this will get you going: Regular supermarket, unbleached all-purpose white flour; granulated yeast--doesn't matter "active dry", "instant", etc.; salt--ideally Morton Kosher, because that is what was used to test the recipes (but equivalents are listed for table and coarser salts); and for some recipes: granulated or any natural sugar, olive oil or unsalted butter. How simple is that? After mixing the dough, you'll be able to use it in 5 hours (2 hours room temperature + 3 hours in the frig) or you can store it for up to 14 days.
76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Good Concept, Good Pizza 11 Nov. 2011
By AmandaGal - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not as life changing as the original Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. If you have that book, you probably already understand how you can apply the concepts to flatbread. I've used a modified version of their original bread recipe to make pizza for years (they do have a pizza recipe in that book). If you don't have that book and love all breads, I highly recommend it.

The basic concept is the same as the original book. Make a huge batch of dough at one time, and as the dough ages it turns out to be kind of sourdoughy in flavor. No kneading, very little mixing. It's a great way to make great tasting bread or pizza. It's a really moist, a little hard to work with dough. You get used to working with it. When I was really doing my own bread all the time, it really did only take about 5 minutes of my time to get a loaf in the oven (the five minutes doesn't take into account baking time).

This book is great you just want to learn how to make an easy, homemade pizza crust. It has some recipes for small batches too, if you're not feeding a pizza army. Lots of variations and tips aimed at pizza and other flatbread like naan and pita bread.

It also has some information on sauces and toppings for pizza, but I find it weak in the respect. It's really a dough book.

Another weakness is that it claims to have "Gluten-free" and "Whole Grain" recipes. It does have a gluten-free recipe, but I'm not fond of it. I've found better and easier gluten-free pizza recipes on the Internet. So, if you're looking for specific advice on gluten-free dough, don't go for this this one. It's just vogue to have it thrown in as a option.

I only gave this book three stars because, while it's a good book and it will get the job done, I think the original book offers much more and is a more complete package. While I recommend this one to pizza lovers, I recommend the other one to anyone who loves bread-like products.
53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Solid book, extensive pizza recipes 23 Sept. 2011
By lapis - Published on Amazon.com
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I also own the original "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes," so I was looking forward to seeing how they adapted it for pizza crust. I love, love pizza and am constantly in search of the perfect thin, crispy, Italian-style crust for homemade pizza.

Like the original artisan bread book, the killer feature of this book is the ease of making the dough. You literally mix five ingredients together, either by hand or using an electric mixer, let it sit for at least 2 hours, then use it regularly for up to two weeks. It just doesn't get easier than that. (The trick is to make a very wet dough. If you haven't made a wet dough before, you may be surprised at how sticky it really is, but you'll get used to it quickly.)

After introductory sections on equipment, ingredients, and general tips (including helpful ones on how thick to roll out the dough for different effects), they give a series of thin crust recipes. They start with ones using unbleached flour, which I guess is supposed to be the easiest basic crust, and then move through a couple of variations culminating in using low-protein "00 flour," like you can get from King Arthur Flour.

Like I said, I've been in search of a great homemade pizza crust for a long time, so I ordered the 00 flour from King Arthur on the first day. It hasn't arrived yet, but they also give a recipe for making a low-protein flour crust using a combination of cake flour and unbleached flour. I tried that first, since I'm way beyond needing another basic unbleached flour crust recipe.

So how did this first crust turn out? It was definitely a more tender dough because of the cake flour than I've been used to with pizza dough, and the result was, indeed, crispier than I've made before. I'm encouraged. The taste was a bit flat, but I think that is because I used the dough right after the 2 hour rise. Based on my experience with the Artisan Bread book (and they point it out in this one as well), the flavor deepens over time. I'm excited to try the recipe with the 00 flour to see if I can get it even lighter and crisper. I use a lodge cast-iron pan to bake my pizzas, btw. I like the result much better than either a pizza stone or without anything under it in the oven. I also blind baked the crust for a couple of minutes on each side, something they offer as an option as well. It improves the crispness.

The authors are weak, IMHO, on tomato sauce recipes. It's the most prevalent sauce used on pizza, and I would have preferred more discussion and variation. However, they have a few other interesting sauce recipes including a pesto recipe (the traditional one) and a unique homemade BBQ sauce recipe, which I like a lot. Later chapters in the book include recipes for flatbread, deep dish pizza, and even dessert pizzas. They also include a couple of chapters on alternative uses for the dough, like in making pita and naan. They even provide some dip recipes to go along with those breads, which is a nice bonus, and they included a random curried lentil soup recipe. It's not what I would have expected in a pizza book, but the recipe looks fantastic, to tell you the truth. I'm definitely going to make it.

One thing I love is that they include ingredient weights in addition to measurements. Besides being more exact, weights make cooking *so much easier.* You just put the bowl on the scale and add the ingredients by weight. You don't even need measuring cups or spoons. Love it.

I own Reinhart's "American Pie" book, as well as sundry pastry/baking books that all include pizza crust recipes. I'm excited to have this one in my collection, and it's the first to recommend the low-protein flour that I've seen. The tips are great, the pizza topping recipes are interesting and varied (except for the tomato sauce recipes!), and the ease and benefit of making dough once and using it regularly for up to two weeks cannot be overstated.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
notes from making a first pizza with this book 12 Nov. 2011
By Desert Gypsy - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book hoping to replicate the Naples style of pizza that I grew to love in NYC. I own or ordered all of the exact tools and ingredients recommended by this book and set to work on creating my first pie. I found that as opposed to just reading a single recipe it was necessary to either read the first several chapters or skip around to find information I needed like what exact temperature was "lukewarm" water for the yeast. Ever impatient, at first I skipped around and then decided to just read the opening chapters; this turned out to be the better plan as I would have missed a couple of hints and tips I wound up needing.

As far as my opinion of the format, recipe and outcome of my novice pie, I would say I can definitely recommend this book on all counts.

Format: as long as you read the book more as a book first so you don't miss anything, you're pretty much guaranteed at least a GOOD result. With recipe books, I'm used to just checking the index and having all the information I need on one page, but this book is a little different in that regard. I don't mind that but for me it's easier to have everything in one place; I created a bookmark with lukewarm temp etc. on it which is now holding the page of my new favorite recipe.

Recipe: I grew up in Brooklyn and spent 38 years in NYC enjoying really great pizza. Now living in the rural southwest I had made pizza for many years with very good results but my recipe had taken about 2-3 years to develop and still left much to be desired. This first attempt was not only easy but had a better result than what I'd been able to achieve with a couple of years' worth of trial and error. You may want to tweak to your tastes but for a first attempt I'd say this book has done at least 85% of the work to get the result you want.

Outcome of the Pie: I used the "00" flour they recommended as well following the recipe exactly, even using the Emile Henry baking stone. The pizza turned out better than any I had made or eaten in a very long time. I was particularly impressed with how thin I was able to stretch this dough. I was puzzled however as to why even though the crust tasted great and had really excellent texture, it was a little too light in color. I ordered a oven thermometer and found my oven temp was only 450* when it indicated 500*. A longer preheat of the stove made a near perfect crust the next time.

Can't wait to see how the other recipes turn out!

Update 11/14/2011: my first batch of dough is now 8 days old and has seen several variations of toppings; I've posted a photo of the "Sunday Brunch Pie" with home fries and goat cheese, topped with a fried egg. Today's version was tex-mex style with grilled chicken, onions and a five cheese mexican blend. The dough seems to taste better and better every day and the texture is simply perfect.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent knowledge 6 Feb. 2012
By Alex W. Camara - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the book on Friday, and left it on my dining room table until this morning (Sunday) around 9am. I picked it up after feeling slightly hungover from drinking too much the night before and decided to page through it. I hate reading, I have about 5-7 books that I've started and haven't finished.

I read through the beginning which details just about everything you need to know about equipment, ingredients, and why this book will work unlike other quick and easy books. Typical stuff.

I trusted it, not only because I love pizza, but as hungover as I was I couldn't resist the urge for a solid piece of pizza.

12pm Sunday I realized that this wouldn't be that difficult. I ran to bed bath and beyond (thankfully 3 minutes from my home) and picked up a rolling pin, flour canister (no longer will I pour from the bag and create a mess). They didn't have the Danish Whisk and the lady thought I was crazy because I told her I was on a "pizza making mission".

Genaurdi's is right behind the BB&B and I quickly picked up a pound of mozzarella, bag of flour, and some yeast. Getting home around 1, I did some work around my house, now 2pm and then prepped to make some dough. The dough took all of 10 minutes after making sure the water temp was just right for the recipe.

Now the waiting...2 hours later, I had a large batch of fresh dough. I preheated my over (30 minutes) and then spread the dough, threw some toppings on, and slid it into the oven.

Within 8 minutes one of the best and most delicious pizzas I've ever made (I've made pizza for 3-4 years now) was complete. My gf made a second and said herself "This is great and so easy".

Now I have a pot filled with dough (my 5 quart container is coming from Amazon in 2 days) and plan on making pizza 2-3 more times this week.

Super simple, super easy, and super delicious. Super...awesome book that will change my eating habits and make one of my favorite foods a household staple.

Well done
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