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Pizza: Seasonal Recipes from Rome's Legendary Pizzarium Hardcover – Oct 8 2013
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"There has never before been a pizza cookbook written by an Italian living in Italy. This gives this book unriavaled authenticity." ~Library Journal
“I’ve been trying different pizza dough recipes, but what I’ve really been waiting for is the new book, in English, from Rome’s phenomenal pizza master, Gabriele Bonci. Bonci is wildly inventive with his toppings, which are seasonal and change from day to day and week to week. I can see pizza parties every weekend as I work my way through this enticing book.” ~LA Times
About the Author
Gabriele Bonci was born in Rome and learned the culinary arts in one of the capital’s finest restaurants before opening his own pizza shop in 2003. Since 2009, he has been the host of the TV cooking show La Prova del Cuoco. He has been featured in Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover, Travel and Leisure, The Atlantic, and The Guardian.
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The recipes are given by weights (!!!), which is a MUST if you want to have any chance of duplicating your success the next time or make adjustments the next time to improve it.
The basic bread flour dough translates into baker's percents as follows: Flour (100%), Water (70%), IDY (.7%), Salt (2%), Oil (4%). Thickness Factor=.103. I post this because if you need to scale the recipe to a particular size pan or if you just want to make dough for a single pizza, these figures makes it easy. There are terrific scaling tools available at pizza making dot com that where you can plug in these numbers and enter any size rectangular or round pan and you'll be given the ingredient amounts in grams and/or ounces.
He also has other formulations that use Buratto, light spelt and whole spelt flours. You're not going to find these at your local big-box store, but I appreciate the fact that he's sharing his real formulation instead of a dumbed-down recipe.
He discusses making your our sourdough starter. Unlike "legit" Neapolitan dough which is generally fermented at around 65 degrees (which means you need a wine fridge set at that temp or something similar), his sourdough formula can be refrigerated overnight in a standard fridge.
We made the Broccolini & Mortadella pizza last night and it was wonderful. A couple of notes are in order however. As indicated in the books "A Note From The Translator" the amount of water indicated in the dough recipes is somewhat low. Bonci uses extremely fresh flour but if you're making these recipes with regular bread flour from the supermarket you'll need more like 800 grams of water to a kilogram of flour. As mentioned in the previous review, the size of the dough balls is a little unrealistic. We find a 600 gram dough ball will perfectly fill a 1/4 sheet pan (10.5 x 15.5 inches: Norpro Stainless Steel 10 X 15 X 1 inch Jelly Roll Baking Pan)
If you like Roman style pizza al taglio this is the book for you.
My pizza on the right...His on the Left in the picture.