Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone by Marc Vetri ia a cookbook that has opened my eyes to a whole new way of experiencing this versatile food. If there is one food that I have to say is my absolute favourite, it would definitely be pizza. This cookbook is both educational and eye-opening, while providing home cooks with some techniques and recipes to try themselves.Title: Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone
Author: Marc Vetri
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
A revolutionary guide to making delicious pizza at home, offering a variety of base doughs so that your pizza will turn out perfect no matter what kind of oven or equipment you have.
Pizza remains America's favorite food, but one that many people hesitate to make at home. In Mastering Pizza, award-winning chef Marc Vetri tackles the topic with his trademark precision, making perfect pizza available to anyone. The recipes--gleaned from years spent researching recipes in Italy and perfecting them in America--have a variety of base doughs of different hydration levels, which allow home cooks to achieve the same results with a regular kitchen oven as they would with a professional pizza oven. The book covers popular standards like Margherita and Carbonara while also featuring unexpected toppings such as mussels and truffles--and even a dessert pizza made with Nutella. With transporting imagery from Italy and hardworking step-by-step photos to demystify the process, Mastering Pizza will help you make pizza as delicious as you find in Italy.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Mastering Pizza by Marc Vetri
❀ Lots of Personal History
The book starts off with a bit of history about Vetri’s experiences learning the art of making pizza. He also discusses the different types of dough that can be made. What is most interesting is the fact that there is so much more variety to a simple pizza dough than I had imagined. The type of texture that you are looking for in your dough will determine what heat source that you use to bake your crust. Also, the hydration of the dough plays an important factor.
❀ A Variety of Doughs to Create
Vetri has organized Mastering Pizza to give the reader different options to create a variety of doughs based on whether you are baking it in your home oven or even on the grill. Also, milled flour is discussed, as the use of fresh flour is something that Vetri believes is important to the perfect dough. There is even a list of places to purchase this specialty flour if you are interested in preparing the recipes at the end of the book.
❀ Mastering Pizza is a Large Investment
Mastering Pizza by Marc Vetri is definitely well written and provides quite a bit of insight into the art of mastering pizza, however, I came away from it feeling that I am better off enjoying an amazing pizza at a local restaurant that specializes in this technique. It is a wonderful book that has so many ideas and tips, however, I just don’t have the time or energy to invest in finding the perfect flour and tools to create these recipes on my own.
20 thoughts on “Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone by Marc Vetri”
I’ve tried making pizza before and always come to the came conclusion as you, ” I am better off enjoying an amazing pizza at a local restaurant that specializes in this technique.” This speaks to me sooo much haha.
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I am so happy that you agree with me! I do make pizza on my own every once in a while, but not one that I would share with anyone. To make something this amazing just makes me think I am better off eating out. lol
This sounds like a great book, but like you, I don’t have the time or energy to invest in the effort it would take to attempt the perfect pizza. I just want to eat it, lol.
I know, right?! I want to make things that are restaurant-quality, but in the end, I will just eat out. lol
Yes! I love making homemade pizza, and have managed a few that were yummy, but I am running out of ideas. This sounds like the perfect place to figure out some new and yummy recipes! Yum! I am looking forward to this… going to order it now!
I hope that you come away with some great tips from this one! I think that it is a great resource for the right person. 🙂
Ooh pizza is always a win! And while I do think occasionally about making a masterpiece at home, usually I just… go out or order in, yeah. 🙂
Same. I think that also having a place nearby that makes an amazing pizza makes doing it yourself that much harder. 😉
Great review! I love Pizza! I wish I could make my own pizza but i’m pretty bad at cooking.
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Awww! The great thing about pizza is that it can be as easy as you want. Sometimes I have bought dough from a local bakery and it makes for a simple meal. 🙂
I have a friend who built an outdoor brick pizza oven. Her husband makes fantastic pizza, and it has spoiled them so much that they won’t eat other pizza now. See, I’m saving myself that heartache. HAHA!
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I can see how that would happen! That sounds amazing and so decadent to me. 🙂
Pizza supremacist all rise…!!
I occasionally tried making it at home… Did not turn out like i wanted but i still ate it coz its was pizza 😂
I know that feeling! There’s great pizza and then there’s good pizza. I am okay with the good one as well, too. lol
Yeah, I’m definitely not a cook…but I’m sure this book was really informative!! Thanks for sharing.
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My brother loves to cook up pizza. I think he would love this book. I am going to get it for him for Christmas. He makes the best homemade pizza in the family. Great review!
I’m sorry to hear that he makes pizza sound so much more difficult than it is! I guess it doesn’t surprise me, though. I have Mastering Pasta, and quite a few of the recipes call for ingredients that are not easy to find in my area. The basic info, though, is gold. I’m hoping the pizza book will be similar.
Ohhh I want this!!! I was just looking around for breakfast pizzas, like I’ve seen at Whole Foods, there are eggs and cheese and more. I much prefer a cookbook than an internet recipe, so much better to have recipes that have been tested and tried to perfection!
An ex of mine would love this: he makes the best pizza using all sorts of dough bases & whatever he has in the fridge!
oh my but this sounds delightful. change up from the originals