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Pizza Quest, with guest Charles “Charlito” Wekselbaum, Salami Master

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! 

We are joined this week by Charles Wekselbaum, owner and head salumeriest for Charlito’s Cocina, makers of fine charcuterie. Is it salumi or salami? We’ll find out, as Charles guides Peter through a tasting of three of his most popular Spanish-influenced products, and explains how he transforms fresh meat products into cured and fermented dried meats in which his goal is to evoke the full potential of flavor trapped in the meat through application of his craft. Together, Peter and Charles explore the many parallels between the crafts of bread, cheese, wine, and beer making to the art of charcuterie. In the end, the common bond is the concept of transformation. It’s fascinating and delicious, so learn all about it here, in this episode of Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart.

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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

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