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Webisode Intro #1: Pizza and Obsession

Hi everyone, I’m Peter Reinhart, your Pizza Quest guide, and this is our first ever webisode. We’re going to leave this opening segment on the front page for all newcomers to the site, but please feel free to navigate over to the Webisode page if you really want to catch up on all the webisode segments. We’ll continue posting additional webisodes that will take us to some of the stops…Read More…

New Webisode; Brigit Binns, Wood-Fire Cooking Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 01 September 2018 Pizza Quest Webisodes

We’re back with Part Two of our wood-fired cooking session with Brigit Binns and her husband, Casey Biggs (aka “The Cinderfella”). If you recall, in Part One Brigit teased us with her inventive wood-fired chicken thighs, baked with Greek olives, capers, chorizo, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes (click here if you missed Part One).  As we finally get to taste the crispy skin and super tender and savory chicken and sauce…Read More…

Guest Column: New Haven Pizza in the Summer

Joseph Calcagno
Written By Joseph Calcagno
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 Guest Columns

Note from Peter:  Here’s a sweet vignette from contributing columnist Joseph Calcagno, inspired by his first visit to New Haven’s legendary pizzerias. He wrote it at the beginning of summer and, now, here we are already approaching autumn, but I think it is a timely reflection on how time and place can leave indelible memories. Enjoy!   New Haven, Summer of ’18,    by Joseph Calcagno The summer wind, came blowin’…Read More…

Interview with Jonathan Goldsmith

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 Interviews

Note from Peter: Jonathan Goldsmith, is the founder/owner (aka Padrone), along with his wife, artist Ginny Sykes, of Chicago’s most well-known and honored Neapolitan pizzeria, Spacca Napoli. Many of you have been fortunate enough to have eaten there, or have met Jonathan at various pizza events such as the Northeast Pizza & Pasta Show, Pizza Expo, and other gatherings. Many of you have also sought him out for advice and…Read More…

New Cook Book Service About to Launch

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, For those of you who love cook books, especially older, hard to find classics, here’s a link to a podcast about a new site about to launch called CKBK. The founder, Matthew Cockerill, talks about it on more detail here . There’s also a Kickstarter link for those who want to get in on the ground floor of CKBK here.    Even if you don’t want to kick…Read More…

New Webisode: Brigit Binns, Cooking with Fire, Part 1

This is the first of a series of webisodes featuring cooking teacher Brigit Binns, of Refugio in Paso Robles, California who, with her husband Casey, has created a fabulous retreat and conference center in the Central Coast Wine Country. Brigit is also a featured chef for Forno Bravo, who hosted this Wood-Fired Oven Expo in Salinas, CA, where I got to cook with Brigit and Casey and learn some of…Read More…

Guest Column: Do You Know What You’re Getting Into? A Reality Check

Michael Shepherd

Chances are that, if you are opening a pizzeria, you will be out of business sooner rather than later. Typically, 60% will fail in the first three years; at least this is what statistics tell us. Why? Is it because there is too much competition? Maybe the economy isn’t doing very well? Perhaps it’s the government and high taxes? Or better yet, it’s probably because of those darn millennials who…Read More…

New Video: Peter’s “Creative Mornings” Presentation and other News

Hi Everyone, This video just got posted by our local Creative Mornings chapter. If you don’t know what Creative Mornings is, go do a Google search and see if there’s a chapter near you. It’s an amazing community building gathering, a phenomenon, and Charlotte NC just happens to have one of the most dynamic of all the Creative Mornings chapters and, guess what, I got to be the featured speaker…Read More…

New Webisode: Tricycle Pizza in Monterey, California

Danica Alvarado is a bright light. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Forno Bravo Expo in Salinas, California, where hundreds of fellow fire-freaks gathered for a few days of food, wine, music, and wood-fire fun in the sun. Danica told me that, as a teenager, she was inspired by watching Nancy Silverton shape beautiful pizzas right here during our first season of Pizza Quest, so she spent…Read More…

Highlight Reel Now Available

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, Great news — the highlight reel from our recent International Symposium on Bread, is now available (it’s only 2 1/2 minutes long). See it here:  Highlight Reel You can also see the opening keynote presentation by Nathan Myhrvold, the creator of the James Beard Award winning Modernist Bread, as well as other presentations. We will continue to add all ten presentations to the channel as we complete the…Read More…

Prosciutto Cotto Pizza w/cool creamy Burrata and Fresh Arugula

This is a beautiful pizza!  I can’t take credit for the recipe…only my efforts to create one here at home in my Primavera wood fired oven.  And, as you can see, I think I did well! There is a local Italian restaurant here in LA called Eatalian Cafe.  The cafe is in an industrial district in Gardena and, when you go inside, it’s like a food processing warehouse that is…Read More…

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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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Brother Junipers Bread Book
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