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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.

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  • Italian olive oil -- not from Italy


    I have put out some requests to food pro's and restaurants in NorCal, and will let you know what I find.

    Your comment on non-Italian Italy olive oil is right. The olive oil laws let bottlers say where the oil was bottled (Italy) and not where the olives come from (typically Spain, Turkey, etc.) So much of the Italian olive oil (particularly in the states) isn't really Italian. There was a mini-scandal last year and a number of newspaper articles written about it. This year, a number of bottlers get the marketing aspect of this, and are adding "100% Italian" to the label when they can.

    I have a couple of olive oil pages on the FB.com site, if you are interested.


    Also, have you worked in pizzerias in Italy? I think everyone would enjoy hearing about your pizza oven cooking experience.

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    I know that there are many good brands of San
    Marzano's here in the US but, like you said, there are
    also many imposters. There is one brand that is
    called San Marzano and the tomatoes are grown in
    California. Isabella imports to the US. As for Olive
    Oil I think it is much the same story. Many brands
    that import through Italy so they can claim to be
    Italian but are actually made somewhere else.