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Doug Essinger-Hileman

Doug Essinger-Hileman is a man of many quests. His earliest was along the highways and byways commonly travelled by math and science geeks. Sometime during his freshman year at Penn State, he came upon a fork in the road, and swapped his science quest for that of a Protestant parish pastor. After a bit more than a quarter of a century walking that road, he heard a different calling and began his journey as a baker of bread.

After itinerating through a number of parishes throughout Pennsylvania and one in central Ohio, he now resides not far from the home of his youth, just west of Philadelphia. It is there, close to the shores of the Brandywine River, that he hopes to open the first bakery he can call his own within the year.

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Vision Statement

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.

Peter’s Books

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