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Peter’s Blog, February 22nd

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, We had a great demo today at Johnson & Wales University (JWU –JayWoo as we call it) by Chef Ben Roche, the Executive Pastry Chef at Moto Restaurant in Chicago. For those who don’t know about Moto, it is one of the few molecular gastronomy restaurants in the United States, featuring a 20 course tasting menu (also a 10 course version for the less adventurous) consisting of wildly…Read More…

Coming Attractions, Week of February 21st

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 21 February 2011 Pizza Quest Info

Hi Everyone, This week we will be posting a new instructional video from Kelly Whitaker of Pizzeria Basta. His previous video, showcasing a wonderful burrata cheese appetizer, was such a hit we’ve decided to bring him back for an encore. This video will post on Thursday (and, if you missed it, you can see his previous video on the Instructionals page in the archives). On Wednesday, I’ll be posting one…Read More…

My Coffee Farm Quest, Part Two

Written By Jenn Burns
Thursday, 17 February 2011 Guest Bloggers

Note to readers from Peter: This is the the second part of Jenn Burn’s recent adventure in Costa Rica, picking beans on an organic coffee farm as part of a work study project. Jenn is a student at Davidson College, just outside of Charlotte, and has previously had numerous articles published that chronicle her transition from teenager to young adulthood (I hope to run some more of those here in…Read More…

Webisode # 7: Nancy and Mozza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 17 February 2011 Webisodes

During the webisode segments that we’ve posted during the past weeks we’ve spent a lot of time at Pizzeria Mozza and LaBrea Bakery, but have heard only a little from Nancy Silverton, the creator of these amazing pizzas. We still have a few more segments to share with you from Pizzeria Mozza before we move on to other exciting places but this week, at last, we’ll hear from Nancy herself….Read More…

Peter’s Herb Oil on Brad’s Cheese Pizza

Written By Brad English
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 Written Recipes

I’ve been playing with Peter’s Herb Oil recipe for a while – ever since I first read his book American Pie “My Search for the Perfect Pizza”.  I have only focused on using it with Pizza, but he has some very interesting suggestions and ideas I’d like to try some time. I woke up early the other morning, about 5:00 AM, and realized that I while I wanted to sleep,…Read More…

Peter’s Blog, February 15th

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 Peter's Blog

  This past week has seen an historic change in the world. Aside from all the newsworthy drama related to the transfer of power and revolution in Egypt, a country I visited just three months ago, one thought kept coming to my mind about it: this is the first time in, perhaps, 7,000 years that the people of Egypt have not had a “Pharaoh” ruling them. Maybe the word Pharaoh…Read More…

Coming Attractions, week of February 14th

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 14 February 2011 Pizza Quest Info

This week we return to Pizzeria Mozza, where we spend some time with founding visionary, Nancy Silverton. After all the videos we’ve already shown, from the LaBrea Bakery where the dough is made, to Executive Pizzaiolo Matt Molina, who oversees daily production, it’s time to hear from Nancy herself, about how she conceived of her unique dough, her topping ideas, and the inspiration that drives her creative process. This webisode…Read More…

S’Mores Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 Video Recipe Demos

We’ve been wanting to show you this video for quite a while. It was filmed in Boulder at the end of The Fire Within Conference, with mobile oven owner Joe D’Astice. Joe is the founder of Wood Fire Brick Oven Pizza, in Rockford, Illinois, where he makes seriously great pizza in his mobile oven. At his catering events, one of the most popular items is this S’Mores Pizza, replete with…Read More…

Multi-Purpose Herb Oil

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 Written Recipes

My guess is that you will use this more than any other specialty topping, and you can make as much as you like because it will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator. Its original use was for focaccia but then I discovered it is also excellent drizzled over many types of pizza, and can also be used to marinate or flavor various ingredients, especially fresh, sliced tomatoes and thinly sliced potatoes…Read More…

My Coffee Farm Quest, Part One

Written By Jenn Burns
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 Guest Bloggers

I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about my recent adventure on a coffee farm in Costa Rica. It was, for me, a life changing experience–or at least it forever changed my relationship with that powerful bean — and I don’t even drink coffee. But now I can’t even smell it brewing without thinking about how disconnected most people are to where it comes from and what the real costs are…Read More…

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Peter’s Books

American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

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