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Pizza Quest with guest Blaine Parker, of “Free the Pizza”

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!
In this episode, I talk with Blaine Parker, the creator and host of the website Free the Pizza, a site devoted to the unending quest to make pizza in a home oven as good as those from a pizzeria. Can it be done? Blaine says yes, and has written an entire book showing readers how, as well as posting humorous essays regularly on his site to chronicle his journey. He also started a Pizza Prousti thread here inspired by Marcel Proust’s famous book, “Remembrance of Things Past,” (aka “In Search of Lost Time”) in which I contributed a short essay of my fondest pizza memory. Proust wrote over 1,000 pages triggered by the taste memory of one Madeleine cookie, so Blaine might have to collect 1,000 one-page vignettes like mine to get close to Proust’s accomplishment.
Yes, yet another quest….
Join us on this week’s episode of Pizza Quest in our search for the perfect Pizza Prousti….

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Vision Statement

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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