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Pizza Quest: “The Perfect Loaf.” Interview with Author Maurizio Leo

Welcome back to Pizza Quest, where we celebrate artisanship wherever we find it (or, as we often say, “It’s more about the Quest than it is about the Pizza”). This episode features Maurizio Leo, the author of the hottest new bread book on the market, The Perfect Loaf. Maurizio, like many bread bakers of this era (myself included), was not formally trained as an apprentice or at a culinary school before he fell under the spell of sourdough. He simply dove down the rabbit hole as a home baker and hasn’t yet come up for air, absorbing everything he could find about the process and teaching himself, through trial and error, how to do it well. His passion for bread led him to jobs in high profile test kitchens and websites such as Food52, and now to a gorgeous new 400-page book that is gaining him international attention. In this conversation, Maurizio tells us about his personal journey in search of the perfect loaf, and shares some of the secrets of making great bread that he discovered along the way. If you, too, have fallen under the spell of sourdough (and who hasn’t?), you will love this conversation with its newest superstar.

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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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