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Pizza Talk, Season Two, Episode 12: The Cheese Dude Returns!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 13 January 2022 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk, not only to you, but to today’s guest, Mark Todd, aka The Cheese Dude. During his last visit Mark not only told us how he became The Dude, but then took us on a tour de force tour of the pizza community’s favorite cheese category, pasta filata, or as most of us recognize it, where mozzarella lives, and how it is distinct from all the…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Season Two, Episode 11: Nathan Myhrvold and Modernist Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 04 November 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! So, who gets to coin a new culinary term, create his own publishing house, and travel the world taking gallery worthy photos in exotic places, eating the best food ever made, and hiring talented chefs and writers to create a whole new category of food literature? Nathan Myhrvold is who. After the international success of the five volume Modernist Cuisine (now in 12 language translations), followed…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Episode 10: Is Buckwheat the Next New Thing? A Conversation with Karen Getz, of Maine Crisp

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 21 October 2021 Pizza Talk

Pizza Talk (and our “Mother House,” Pizza Quest), has always been about more than pizza. It’s really a celebration of artisanship and the search for meaningfulness wherever we find it. We’ve all seen how the worlds of bread and pizza, in which I spend a lot of my life, have opened to new depths of discovery as the makers of these products made deeper and deeper dives into their possibilities….Read More…

Pizza Talk, Season 2, Episode 9: Ken Forkish and The Elements of Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 23 September 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! Portland has recently been feted in the national press for being the best pizza city in America (hey, don’t kill the messenger, but I’ve long advocated for Portland as being the best, per capita, so count me in). And Ken’s Artisan Pizza is one of the reasons why. Ken Forkish made the leap from famous artisan bread baker to, now, famous artisan pizza maker by…Read More…

Pizza Quest, Season Two, Episode 8: The King of Fire, Siler Chapman

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 26 August 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! Today’s guest is the embodiment of the old adage: Think globally but act locally.  By that, I mean that Siler Chapman is a world pizza champion, a protege of Tony Gemignani, and is known well beyond the borders of this city, my city, our city, Charlotte, NC where we both live.  As you will learn in this fun conversation, I have been a fan of Siler’s…Read More…

Pizza Talk Season Two, Episode 7: Meet Mark Todd, the Cheese Dude

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 19 August 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! Some background: Over 35 years ago, before I was a bread baker, I entertained the notion of becoming an artisan cheese maker — that is before I lost control of a batch of about 20 wheels of home made cheddar cheese and was greeted by a walk-in covered in blue mold, including all the produce my wife was counting on in her job as head cook…Read More…

Pizza Talk Season Two, Episode 6: World Pizza Champion, Billy Manzo of Federal Hill Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 10 August 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! One of the most enjoyable parts of interviewing the many pizza luminaries featured on Pizza Talk is hearing about their unique journeys to and through pizza. Some were born to it and others took the long and winding and unexpected road. No matter the route, the process of self-discovery is always fascinating and, while each person’s journey is unique to them, it also partakes of…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Season Two, Episode 5: The Future of Olive Oil with Corto’s Lisa Pollack and David Garci-Aquirre

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 03 August 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome Back to Pizza Talk! In our never-ending quest for, and celebration of artisanship wherever we find it, whether in pizza or anything related to it (which means pretty much everything!), we inevitably cannot avoid the golden liquid that is olive oil. And who better to guide us than the “Master Miller” at Corto Olive Oil, David (pronounced Daveed) Garci-Aguirre, and Corto’s “Education Ambassador” Lisa Pollack. I think it is…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Season Two, Episode 4: The Pizza Pilgrims — Living the Dream!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 27 July 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! In the fall of 2020 I had the joy of meeting with London-based Thom Elliot over Zoom. Thom is one of the two self-named Pizza Pilgrims, the other being his brother James (who also dropped in for a brief cameo). Their recently released book, Pizza: History, Recipes, Stories, People, Places, Love is their chronicle of a global journey in search of great pizza and how to make…Read More…

My Spicy Hawaiian

Written By Brad English
Thursday, 22 July 2021 Brad's Corner

It was a beautiful day and I had some dough resting in my fridge.  What more could anyone want?  I could feel my wood fired oven calling out to me as I left the beach. I stopped by my market on the way home and the first thing that caught my eye were the pineapples.  They were perfectly ripe, not too soft, not too hard and I thought immediately of…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.

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