From the Inside Flap
California Pizza Kitchen has been a hit with families ever since the first restaurant opened back in 1985. Grown-ups love CPK's signature pizzas, which take favorite flavor combinations from around the globe and put them on a pizza. Children love the CPKids menu, which features kid-friendly pizzas and pastas. And everybody loves CPK's zesty appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, specialty entrées, and desserts.
Now, in their new cookbook, CPK co-founders and co-CEOs Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield show you and your family how to prepare pizzas, kids' favorites, and other CPK specialties right in your own kitchen. These crowd-pleasing recipes bring the CPK experience home—and are perfect for relaxed family meals as well as special celebrations. Best of all, each of the nearly fifty recipes is a cinch to make, which means your whole family can have fun helping out in the kitchen.
Your kids will love the CPKids Pizza Party recipes, including a Create-Your-Own Pizza specially designed to help them unleash their pizza creativity. If you're a fan of CPK's signature pies, you'll find recipes for standouts like Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza and Chipotle Chicken Pizza. You also get special holiday-themed pizzas, like a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Pizza, that are perfect for parties—plus fun desserts like S'mores "Pizza." And to top it all off, there are recipes for a whole range of other CPK family favorites, from Thai Crunch Salad and Curly Mac & Cheese to Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini and Chicken Piccata with Spaghettini.
And don't forget the dough! You'll find recipes for three kinds—Traditional, Honey-Wheat, and thin-crust Neapolitan—along with step-by-step instructions and photographs to help you roll, stretch, and shape dough like a pro.
Illustrated throughout with inspiring color photo-graphs, the California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook is just what you need to get your whole family involved with cooking, get creative in the kitchen—and serve up tasty pizzas and other favorite dishes that everyoneloves to eat.
From the Back Cover
California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook
"From the time we published our first cookbook in 1996, and probably from the time we opened the doors of the first CPK in 1985, we've known that a family cookbook was in our future. Our customers have always included families; that was our hope from the start. Food is an art that appeals to all of our senses. Teaching our children that cooking is fun can only help develop their love for food as well as a sense of accomplishment for their artistic creation.
"We want to make our favorite—and your favorite—CPK specialties accessible to the whole family at home. So, we've taken care to make sure that all of the recipes in this book can be executed by anyone, regardless of age or culinary skill. Just as importantly, we want to inspire the whole family to create their own pizzas, panini sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
"We already know that people love to congregate in the kitchen. Whether it's because of the enticing smells or the anticipation of a great meal, that's where people like to be. Preparing CPK dishes has the added appeal of allowing all of the participants to be creative. This isn't work, it's fun!"
—Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield