Pizza, A Slice of American History

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Voyageur Press, 2014 - Cooking - 176 pages

With liberty and pizza for all. There is no doubt that pizza is one of the most popular foods in the United States, cherished by everyone from your average family guy to the Leader of the free world. Americans reportedly eat a combined 350 slices every second! Although pizza has its origins overseas, it has come into full (ahem) flour here in the States. Pizza: A Slice of American History tells the story of how this beloved food became the apple of our collective eye--or, perhaps more precisely, the pepperoni of our pie. Pizza journalist Liz Barrett explores how it is that pizza came to and conquered North America and how it evolved into different forms across the continent. Each chapter investigates a different pie: Chicago's famous deep-dish, New Haven's white clam pie, California's health-conscious varieties, New York's Sicilian and Neapolitan, the various styles that have emerged in the Midwest, and many others. The components of each pie - crust, sauce, spices, and much more - are dissected and celebrated, and recipes from top pizzerias provide readers with the opportunity to make and sample the pies themselves. Illustrated throughout with modern and historical photographs, postcards, and memorabilia, Pizza: A Slice of American History is the most comprehensive and fun cultural history of pizza in the USA ever written.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
6
PIZZA FIRSTS
9
CHAPTER 1 NEAPOLITAN AND NEW YORK STYLE
19
CHAPTER 2 TOMATO PIE
33
CHAPTER 3 CRUST
43
CHAPTER 4 NEW HAVEN STYLE APIZZA AND WHITE CLAM PIE
53
CHAPTER 5 SICILIAN PIZZA AND GRANDMA PIZZA
63
CHAPTER 6 CHEESE
75
CHAPTER 11 CALIFORNIA STYLE
113
CHAPTER 12 OVENS
123
CHAPTER 13 MORE PIZZA STYLES
129
CHAPTER 14 ENTER THE CHAINS
141
CHAPTER 15 PIZZA GOES HIGHTECH
147
CHAPTER 16 PIZZAS PERFECT PAIRINGS
153
CHAPTER 17 PIZZA AND THE DIET REVOLUTION
163
QUIZ ANSWERS
170

CHAPTER 7 DEEPDISH PIZZA
83
CHAPTER 8 DETROIT STYLE
91
CHAPTER 9 SAUCES AND SPICES
99
CHAPTER 10 ST LOUIS STYLE
105
BIBLIOGRAPHY
171
INDEX
173
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
176
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Liz Barrett is editor-at-large of the national foodservice trade publication PMQ Pizza Magazine (www.pmq.com). She started the site EatingOxford.com, currently the top ranking food blog in Mississippi according to Urbanspoon and the winner of "best website" honors in three local reader polls.

www.mslizbarrett.com

www.eatingoxford.com

thepizzainsider.pmq.com

www.pmq.com

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