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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Chez panisse and Alice Waters

    Apparently when she was designing Chez panisse, Alice waters wanted to incorporate a pizza oven like the one from Turin that had given her an epiphany. She hired a german brick layer who didn't know anything about italian pizza ovens, and in fact had never heard of a pizza oven, so he basically built her a german bread oven. Wolfgang Puck came to see it and hired the same german to build one for him.

    She said that she tried to live with it for 10 years. It used 10 times the amount of wood that an Italian pizza oven does, and it did cook as she says "a certain kind of pizza, but it certainly wasn't a pizza in the way that an Italian would think about it"

    Alice Waters & Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric ...
    By Thomas McNamee, R. W. Apple (page 158)

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    Re: Chez panisse and Alice Waters

    That is wonderful. I can't imagine that I hadn't read this before.

    Thanks for the find!
    James
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

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      Re: Chez panisse and Alice Waters

      I post this in the newbie forum as a newbie myself. Having just completed my pompeii oven, being extremely pleased, I see newbies always wanting the "bread oven" that will also cook pizza. I think they should be thinking more along the lines of a pizza oven that will also do breads, meats and more. The plans here are the most efficient for fuel use as well.

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      • #4
        Re: Chez panisse and Alice Waters

        We couldn't have said it better. :-)

        Plus the better air movement and high heat retention. Thanks!

        James
        Pizza Ovens
        Outdoor Fireplaces

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