From the Inside Flap
The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook Ever since the first California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) was opened in Beverly Hills in 1985, founders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield have been inundated with requests for their creative pizza recipes. As Larry and Rick explain in the introduction, the recipe for their success is simpletake America's favorite food cravings, like barbecued chicken, shrimp scampi, Peking duck, Thai satay, Southwestern burrito and BLT, and put them on a pizza. Until now, the official recipes were a secret. You could only get their California-style pizza at one of more than 80 CPK restaurants across the country, baked fresh in a wood-burning oven. The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook includes all of your favorite pizza recipes, right off the menu, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, Shrimp Pesto Pizza, Santa Fe Chicken Pizza, and Mixed Grill Vegetarian Pizza. There are more than 25 delicious pizza recipes in all, plus an extra chapter with the creative CPK pastas, salads, soups and appetizers. And don't forget the doughyou'll also find recipes for CPK's Basic Pizza Dough as well as honey-wheat pizza dough, with step-by-step instructions and photographs so even a beginner can master the techniques of tossing dough at home. The best thing about The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbookmaybe even better than their recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizzais that founders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield are donating all of the royalties to charitable organizations across the country. It's their way of saying thanks to Americans for all of their support. So whether you're a pizza aficionado and can't wait to impress your friends with an "anything-goes" pizza party, or you know someone who loves to create food that is on the cutting edge, The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook is sure to please.
From the Back Cover
The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook BBQ Chicken Pizza, Mixed Grill Vegetarian Pizza, Tandoori Chicken Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza. These are just a few of the delicious pizzas, baked fresh in wood-burning ovens, that have helped to make California Pizza Kitchen into one of America's hottest and most successful restaurant chains. Founders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield "put the world on a pizza" and the results are fantastic. Now, for the first time, here are the recipes that have made CPK restaurants so popular, with step-by-step directions to make pizza cooking easy and fun, even for beginners. In addition to the pizzas and calzones, Rick and Larry include recipes for creative pastas, salads, soups and appetizers, not to mention the tempting dessert pizzas. Whether CPK is already your favorite place to dine with family and friends or you're a creative cook with a taste for bold, fun, international flavors, The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook is the cookbook for you.
About the Author
Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield, co-founders of California Pizza Kitchen, were friends and law partners before trading in the courtroom for the dining room. They practiced law as Flax and Rosenfield from 1973 until they opened the first CPK in Beverly Hills in 1985. Flax, a Los Angeles native, served as Assistant U.S. Attorney (1968-72), Chief of Civil Rights (1970-71) and Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Los Angeles (1971-72). When not in the test kitchen, Flax enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife, Joan. They have a son and reside in Beverly Hills. Rosenfield, born in Chicago, was an attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. (1969-71) and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Los Angeles. Rosenfield and his wife, Esther, have three children and they reside in Bel Air. A golfer as well as an avid jogger and marathon runner, Rosenfield runs daily to keep in shape.