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Andris Lagsdin

Andris is the creator of The Baking Steel, an outgrowth of his love of cooking plus many years of working in the steel manufacturing world. He put the two together and came up with a remarkable new product, as describe in more detail in his article in the Guest Columns section. Andris recently wrote to tell us the following: “Prior to our Kickstarter campaign that launched us, we partnered with The Greater Boston Foodbank.  They do amazing things in the New England area.  We wanted our new product to be bigger than ourselves and we wanted to help.  To date, our Baking Steel product has helped feed over 10,000 meals.  Every Steel we sell buys meals.”

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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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