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Update from Peter Regarding our Heritage Radio Network Audio Podcasts

Hi All, As many of you have already figured out, not all of the interviews we do here on Pizza Quest make it onto this website. We only post the Zoom video interviews here (and also on YouTube) because they are, well, videos.  But many of our shows are conducted on audio tape only, such as when we go to Pizza Expo and the Atlantic City Northeast Pizza and Pasta…Read More…

Pizza Quest: Animal-Free Cheese that Actually Tastes and Melts Like Cheese

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!     Our guest this week is Inja Radman, co-founder of New Culture Food, a company with a mission to provide the world with animal-free cheese, beginning with mozzarella, that actually tastes and performs like the milk-based originals. Even those with lactose or dairy sensitivities have a love-hate relationship with the current options of faux cheese, usually made with nut and seed milks. New Culture’s…Read More…

Pizza Quest: Author Ron Costello on The Hill (Where Both He and Peter Grew Up)

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! I haven’t seen Ronnie Costello in 53 years, since he was the catcher on our high school baseball team, and 60 years since we attended Belmont Hills Elementary School as kids. We lived on different sides of Mary Watersford Road, the street that, like the Maginot Line, separated the mostly Irish and Italian kids of “The Hill,” from the mostly Jewish kids of Penn Valley….Read More…

A Conversation with Chef John Ash, The Godfather of Wine Country Cuisine, on His New Book

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! This episode features a conversation with Chef John Ash, who for the past 40 years has been known in Sonoma and Napa as the Godfather of Wine Country Cuisine. His restaurant, John Ash & Company, helped to define that regional aspect of what later became known as California Cuisine back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He, along with chefs like Alice Waters, Jeremiah Tower, Joyce…Read More…

Tony Gemignani on the SF Pizza, Beer, and Bagel Festival and Much More!

Welcome back to Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart. In this episode, we catch up with the biggest rock star in the pizza universe, multi-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in SF, Pizza Rock in Las Vegas, and many other restaurants, bakeries, pizza schools, and even a new bagel shop, Dago’s Bagels.  In today’s episode, he also tells us about his biggest project ever, the launch…Read More…

Meathead Goldwyn: The Art and Science of Barbecue and Grilling

Welcome Back to Pizza Quest. In this episode of Pizza Quest we take a tangential detour away from pizza (as we often do in our ever-expanding celebration of artisanship wherever we find it) with one of our longtime, favorite guests, Meathead Goldwyn.  Meathead (yes, that’s his name, the origins of which he explains in this conversation), is the creator and host of the hugely popular website, AmazingRibs.com, where for many…Read More…

Pizza Quest: A Conversation with Jonathan Goldsmith, of Spacca Napoli

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! Over twenty years ago, after Jonathan Goldsmith fell in love with traditional Napoletana wood-fired pizza while living in Italy and became a mid-life apprentice to the local masters, he decided to bring it back to his hometown of Chicago, where it was still a new thing. Spacca Napoli was thus born on the North Side, and has become a pizza pilgrimage destination site ever since,…Read More…

My Upcoming Virtual Pizza Class, with Discount Code

Hi Everybody, Here’s a link to the sign-up page for my Summer Pizza Party class, hosted by the Milk Street Cooking School. The tickets are inexpensive ($29.95) PLUS, there’s a 15% discount for readers of this blog if you type in PIZZAPARTY in the code box when you check out. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-pizza-party-with-peter-reinhart-tickets-596913162337  The date is Tuesday, May 23 at 6 PM Eastern. The class runs for an hour and 15 minutes,…Read More…

Pizza Quest Season Three, Episode 8: Pane’ di Pala, the Birth of a New Product, with Michael Kalanty

Michael Kalanty was my faculty colleague when I taught at the California Culinary Academy back in the 1990’s. Since then, he and I have been on parallel tracks, both as educators, bread authors, and as product developers. In this episode, Michael shares his long and winding road from pastry chef, bread expert and educator, product developer for major food companies, and even how he became a “Certified Master Taster.” All…Read More…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written By Brad English
Friday, 29 November 2013 Pizza Quest Info

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Pizza Quest. I just had another round of left-overs for lunch.  We did our Thanksgiving up north with our in-laws on Wednesday because we had to be back in town this weekend for our daughter’s Softball Tournament.  It turns out that the rains came and today’s games were cancelled.  So, instead of being out in…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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American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

...and other books by Peter Reinhart, available on Amazon.com