This book is a pizza.
Just as pizza is a perfect food, this is a perfect book about pizza. The intelligent reader may never use a recipe from this book; that's because it's a book of ideas. The "perfect pizza" is one you create, and the great strength of this book is ideas for crusts and toppings.
Cinn-O-Bun pizza? Kung Pao Cashew pizza? Yukon Gold? Lucy in the Sky with Pizza? Chicken, chutney or chocolate? Fire roasted veggies are one thing; but, what about asparagus? How about blistered corn? Or Blueberries and raspberries with honey?
This book brims with ideas.
Beginners get a clear introduction in creating and grilling a great crust. Remember, the crust is not just a chunk of dough rolled flat. It is also a work of art. Start with basics, which are well explained; then, your toppings become the genius of your great pizza.
The recipes are wonderful, varied, inspired and interesting. But it's my contention "the perfect pizza" is a delight to your personal taste -- not mine or anyone else. Your taste buds will tire of monotony unless you try variety. Broccoli? Would that work? These recipes will spark the imagination with plenty of "Hey! I never thought of that ... I wonder what it will taste like with a little ....."
Remember, pizza is not a burger. Mickey D created the world's most beloved hamburger by adding four slices of pickle. That's all it took. There's no way to create an "enduring pizza' by a similar simple trick. Every one is a signature of its maker.
I've been making pizzas for 40 years, and I wish I'd come up with at least some of these ideas. Had I done so, I'd probably be writing books instead of book reviews. Here's your chance to leapfrog into a creative pizza future.
Every recipe will produce a wonderful meal -- including pizza for breakfast. Why not? Start with six eggs . . . . Before long, you'll produce your own pizza that's as good as this book.