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Pizza Box of the Week # 20: A Box Within a Box Within a Box

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 24 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott is back and, this time, he unveils a new box that he hasn’t even opened from its shipping box — we get to see it at same moment as he sees it! And what a winner this one is, straight from Berkeley, CA, with a flashback to the ’60’s and all that that era implies. A special thanks to Zack Wilson for sending this box to Scott! (Anyone else…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Derrick Tung — The Paulie Gee of Chicago

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 Pizza Talk

We learned in an earlier episode with Brooklyn pie master Paulie Gee that, when he decided to grant rights to others to use his name and menu model, he wasn’t going to follow typical franchise templates. He was mainly looking for ways to empower other talented pizza makers to be able to get into the game and achieve their own success. Enter Derrick Tung, who took the hand-off from Paulie…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #19: Is it a Book or is it a Box?

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 17 October 2020 Pizza Talk

I don’t want to ruin the surprise of this week’s box, so I will simply ask you to watch Scott tell us the mind-bending story about a simple pizza box from Costa Rica. The operative word in this week’s episode is meta. You’ll see what I mean when you watch this week’s Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener.

Pizza Talk: Stephanie Swane, Publisher of Modernist Bread and, Coming Soon, Modernist Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Stephanie Swane sits atop a unique publishing empire based in Bellevue, Washington.  Modernist Cuisine ( ) is responsible for some of the most innovative, disruptive culinary books of the past decade, including their landmark 50 pound, game-changing, 5-volume collection called Modernist Cuisine. It was followed, a few years later, by the equally weighty 5-vulume, Modernist Bread and, sometime soon, we expect an announcement of the publishing date for the eagerly…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Mike Kurtz, the Creator of Mike’s Hot Honey

Condiments are essential foods for many of us. What would we do without mustard, ketchup, salsa, Tabasco, or Texas Pete, or Frank’s Hot Sauce? We sort of take them for granted and assume they’ve been around forever — which they haven’t — but during the past few years we (and by “we” I mean our tribe of fellow pizza freaks) bore first hand witness to the emergence a new “essential”…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #18: The Zombies From Hell

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 10 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Just ahead of Halloween, Scott has brought us one of the most innovative pizza boxes ever — all the way from New Zealand and a place called, yes, Hell Pizza. This box is called Zombies From Hell. and, as you will see, opens into a virtual reality portal and interactive zombie fighting game (I can barely believe I’m writing these words). And, stick around, because after blowing your mind with…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Derek Sanchez and the Journey of a Healer Turned World Pizza Champion

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 08 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Derek Sanchez named his pizza truck Mia Marco’s Pizza after his two kids, but his journey began well before then and took an upward swing soon thereafter. Operating out of the Old Main Ice House in Cibolo, Texas,(just outside of San Antonio) this still practicing doctor of physical therapy followed his bliss and, through sheer resilience and persistence, dedicated his non medical hours, helping athletes heal their bodies and restore themselves…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Nicole Russell, The Last Dragon’s Amazing Pizza Adventure!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 06 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Nicole Russell made the ultimate pivot, opening an at home pizza pick up business in Queens, NY, that launched her into the adventure of a lifetime. Hear all about how her inventive pizzas put her on the radar of some of the big players and earned herself a trip to Italy to play with the big boys. You’ll also learn why she calls her pizzeria The Last Dragon, and  how…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #17: Basil’s Pizza Box Art Contest Winner

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 03 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott has brought us a unique box this week, designed by a sixth grader  about 8 years ago (which means she must be in college by now!!). It comes from Basil’s Pizza and Deli in Wilmington Island (Savannah), Georgia, and is cute to the max, as you will see when you watch! I’m going to call them and find out if there are any updates on the young artist and,…Read More…

Pizza Talk: The Kings of Detroit-Style Pizza, Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 01 October 2020 Pizza Talk

I think of Shawn Randazzo and Jeff Smokevich as the Harvard and Yale of Detroit-style pizza (which is a geographically ridiculous analogy — perhaps the Lincoln and the Cadillac of Detroit-style pizza?).  You’ll learn why they are the kings of this court over the next few days, as this week we are dedicating all the slots to a series of master classes on Detroit-style pizza by the guys who helped…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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