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Focaccia Dough Recipe, Genoa-Style

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 Written Recipes

Last week we gave you a recipe for caramelized onion marmalade that makes a killer focaccia topping when couple with walnuts and blue cheese. But any focaccia or pizza, no matter the quality of the toppings, is only as good as the crust, and this one is the best I’ve ever had, even better than in Genoa and San Francisco. See what you think and let us know. Focaccia Dough,…Read More…

Peter’s Blog, January 25th, 2011

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, Ever since we posted the Instructional videos from The Fire Within Conference we’ve been getting a number of requests to discuss how to make a home oven perform like one of those wood-fired brick ovens in the video. It’s tempting to say,”No way, can’t be done,” but the fact is that most of us don’t own a brick oven and even those who do still have to cook…Read More…

Pizza as Self Expression, Part Two

Written By John Arena
Thursday, 20 January 2011 Guest Bloggers

  Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about three inspirational pizza makers. At the risk of sounding blasphemous, I often call them the Father, Son and Holy Spirit of pizza. They are three men who couldn’t be more different in their contributions to the world of pizza, but together create, represent, and inspire all that we should be in our quest to serve pizza that is both delicious and meaningful….Read More…

Balance and Neapolitan Pizza

Written By Caleb Schiff
Thursday, 20 January 2011 Guest Bloggers

  By Guest Columnist Caleb Schiff Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about balance and pizza. A Neapolitan pizza, for example, is best summarized by the short description: “Fresh ingredients on good bread.” It’s really a simple concept. Yet, because of the focus on the basics, the room for perceived-error is small. Other pizza styles that may be heavily topped or have many components can hide inconsistencies in the dough…Read More…

Coming Attractions – Week of January 31st

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 20 January 2011 Pizza Quest Info

During the week of January 31st, look for the following new postings: –On Thursday we’ll return to Pizzeria Mozza for another Webisode segment to see how that wonderful LaBrea Bakery dough gets transformed into gorgeous pizzas by Pizzaiolo Matt Molina, under the guidance of Nancy Silverton. –On Peter’s Blog, posting on Tuesday, some news about the growing number of wood-fired caterers and how you can track them down for your…Read More…

Caramelized Onion Marmalade

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 Written Recipes

You can never have too much of this in reserve as there are many dishes with which it can be used. However, my favorite application is on top of focaccia. It takes about an hour to make so don’t wait till the last minute if you plan to use it that day. It will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator (and for months in the freezer) so…Read More…

Webisode #4: La Brea Bakery – Part One

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 Webisodes

Here we are, at the famous, original LaBrea Bakery (not the facility that makes all the par-baked bread that is shipped across the country and sold at supermarkets, but the one that Nancy Silverton founded to serve the people and restaurants of Los Angeles). It takes a bakery to make all the dough required by a place as popular as Pizzeria Mozza because they produce anywhere from 500 to 700…Read More…

Peter’s Blog, Jan. 18th

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, Things are moving fast and furious, so here are a couple of updates: On Wednesday I’ll post a new recipe, this time for one of my favorite toppings, balsamic onion marmalade. This is one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever developed and has appeared in at least three of my books. I have a new trick or two to add this time around and will give you…Read More…

Peter’s Pesto Genovese

Written By Brad English
Sunday, 16 January 2011 Written Recipes

Perfect timing! My wife, Shanna, and I went wine tasting with a few friends this weekend.  It was a long planned trip up to Malibu Wines where they have an outdoor tasting room with picnic tables, live music and a beautiful setting in the Santa Monica Mountains off Mulholland Hwy.  We were lucky that we had a little local global warming this weekend, as it’s been quite cold here in…Read More…

Peter’s Pesto Genovese

Written By Brad English
Sunday, 16 January 2011 Uncategorized

Perfect timing! We went wine tasting with a few friends this weekend.  It was a long planned trip up to Malibu Wines where they have an outdoor tasting room with picnic tables, live music and a beautiful setting in the Santa Monica Mountains off Mulholland Hwy.  We were lucky that we had a little local global warming this weekend, as it’s been quite cold here in sunny California. I thought…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